Yes, that’s me, packing up my beloved Spatial M4’s. What’s up with that?
Well, I’ve owned the M4’s for about a year and a half and loved every minute of it. As a matter of fact, I’ll testify that even several hundred hours into their playing time in my rig, they’re still loosening up and sounding more alive and real than when I first hooked them up to my Audio Note Kits Kit 1 SET amp in December of 2015. After all these months, I still have plenty of “Golly, that sounds even better than I remember” moments while listening to music.
And yet, from time to time I’ve gotten the itch: “What about the M3’s? How would they sound in my modest listening room (which is really a guest bedroom)?
How much more convincing would the subterranean synth bass on Lorde’s Pure Heroine or the 5-string electric bass on Steely Dan’s Negative Girl sound with an additional 13 Hz of extension on the low end? And what about those premium crossover parts and the fancy, titanium-coated compression driver on the “Turbo S” model?
These questions remained purely the stuff of fantasy until – a few weeks ago – I was chatting with Spatial’s Clayton Shaw when he mentioned that he had a pair of the top-of-the-Hologram-series M3 Turbo S speakers that came off the production line with a slight cabinet finish imperfection. He offered to let me trade my M4’s up to these “B-stock” M3 Turbo S’s at a price that put them within reach. How could I say no?
So, yes, those photos show me boxing up the M4’s in preparation for returning them to the Spatial Mothership in Park City, Utah. And let me take a moment to praise the design and easy re-usability of the M4 packing materials. Really, repacking these babies was a piece of cake.
The M3 Turbo S’s are due here in just a few days.
More to come… stay tuned.
And until then, be kind to others and enjoy your music.