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    TERRY
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    When I recently upgraded my surround speakers with two pairs of 5DB for my home theater setup and I was impressed with their quality workmanship and their sound signature for my surround sound duty. So when I was looking for another pair of bookshelf speakers for my other two channel stereo setup, naturally I was curious about 6B speakers. I have already tried this two channel stereo setup with tower speakers so I wasn't interested in another tower speakers (6T).

    I ordered a pair of Initimus 6B in medium cherry veneer wood finish. As expected the workmanship of the speakers were same as my 5DB which is excellent and hefty in weight for this type of size. I eagerly open the package and hook it up to my stereo setup. My immediately reaction was very disappointed in overall sound quality. It feels like it lacks the fullness and overall impression left me with some how very congested sound signature. Oh, great now, I might have to return this speakers for perhaps tower speaker 6T but I wanted to give it some time for me to get familiarize with this speakers.Moreover, from my experience in audio gears in general, first initial wow moment usually doesn't carry over in long term satisfaction.

     Maybe I thought maybe this speakers need some burn-in but I usually don't believe in burn-in concept too much and this was closed-out/open package deal. Therefore, most likely this one had plenty of play times previously. I only had this speakers for about one week so far. First three or four days, I was fully expected to return this speakers and exchange for 6T. But for the first time today, I wasn't sure anymore about the possible return. This bookshelf definitely require good power to shine since it is some what inefficient speaker design. I don't know whether this was psychological new toy syndrome but 6B seems to change from lack of bass and fullness into much more controlled tight bass and nice sound stage, not necessarily large but rather very believable sound stage instead of any artificial one. It even handles my classical genre very nicely along with some contemporary jazz tunes. I usually don't listen to music very loud so it is more important for the speakers perform well in low volume setting and 6B definitely do well in low volume setting. I still have two or three more weeks of trial period before free return deal is over for me. I was pretty sure I was going to return this speakers initially but more I listen to 6B more I like its sound signature and now I am not so sure about the return anymore.

    My recommendation for anyone who bought 6B and didn't like it initially, give it some time before you decided to return it. This speakers definitely needed some getting used to its sound signature before I began to appreciate its sound quality. At first listen, you almost feels like it lacks the quality bass but if the recording has it, it will definitely will bring it out unlike other lesser speakers might artificially boosting the certain frequency to make you think it has plenty bass. The best way for me to describe its bass quantity is that 6B putting out controlled tight bass without any flabbiness to it along with nice fullness of overall music. Almost any type of speakers will benefit from good quality amplification but 6B definitely require good hefty amps to sounds its best specially at low volume setting. Just wanted to share my initial thought about 6B bookshelf speakers.

     

     

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    Funny you mention it as I wasn't a big believer in burn in or break in myself until I heard it with my own ears with the 6Bs.

    We had a pair up and running in our sound room for a couple of weeks and I hadn't really been too impressed with them either until one day I fired them up and they literally sounded like a different pair of speakers with a much more expansive soundstage and a hefty amount of bass extension that I had not previously heard from them.

    I would bet that they really opened up somewhere between the 60 and 80 hour mark, which is longer than the main break period for our speakers, generally about 40 hours. 

    Speaker break in is a pretty interesting topic with no small amount of controversy attached to it, but that experience definitely made me think that it does exist to some degree and what you are reporting confirms it as your description matches pretty closely with what I heard. 

    Thanks for posting! 

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    Man, I really miss my two channel stereo system with 6B speakers. My vinyl set up as well as digital players are sitting idle at the moment due to my current deployment to Afghanistan. The only thing that I have right now is my iPod system. Before I left home, I experimented my 6B speaker setup with subwoofer but honestly I really didn't feel like it adds much to overall music listening experience at the volume level that I normally listening. It has enough of oomph from these bookshelf speaker when the music calls for. Of course when I listen to Telac War of 1812 overture at greater volume, it will definitely help having good musical subwoofer but I can definitely live without one.

    Without a question 6B speakers are definitely keeper for my stereo setup.

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    [quote user="justhavingfun"]

    Man, I really miss my two channel stereo system with 6B speakers. My vinyl set up as well as digital players are sitting idle at the moment due to my current deployment to Afghanistan. The only thing that I have right now is my iPod system. Before I left home, I experimented my 6B speaker setup with subwoofer but honestly I really didn't feel like it adds much to overall music listening experience at the volume level that I normally listening. It has enough of oomph from these bookshelf speaker when the music calls for. Of course when I listen to Telac War of 1812 overture at greater volume, it will definitely help having good musical subwoofer but I can definitely live without one.

    Without a question 6B speakers are definitely keeper for my stereo setup.

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    I agree the 6Bs are excellent two channel speakers and don't necessarily need a sub either. 

    Thank you for your service, we appreciate it and hope you will be home safely soon! 

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    It has been several months since i came back safely home from deployment. I have been playing my stereo setup on and off with 6B speakers and my other tower speakers as well and 6B has been consistently gives me great rounded sound signature. It does not emphasize any specific frequencies but very balanced sound but be sure to give it decent power behind them. They are singing beautifully my concert music vinyl collections. Happy listening!

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    TERRY
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    Too bad they don’t sell this bookshelf speakers anymore!

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    Jason Hicks
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    Glad to hear you made it home safe and sound and are enjoying the 6Bs!

    I love them too and have a pair myself, but they were never a big seller, probably because of their size.

    So that combined with the fact that they would compete with our Verus Grand Bookshelf is why we decided to discontinue them.

    But hey at least you got yourself a pair, and I hope they continue to serve you well for many years to come.

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