Scansonic / Rhadio

Elegant, Slim, World-class speakers with ribbon tweeter (based on famious Raidho brand) from Denmark

Philosophy
Developing and building these new HD-MB series speakers in Denmark has been a tremendous task with quite a long duration, I am very glad that a fantastic team effort made it possible - the result makes me proud.
.........Michael Børresen
(Raidho Acoustics)

Dantax A/S was founded in 1971 on building high quality hi-fi loudspeakers. Many things have changed since the start in the early 70's - and today Dantax A/S has evolved into a competitive international company, offering a wide range of own "in-house" Danish designed and developed hi-fi and home cinema loudspeakers, tabletop radios and hi-fi products under the Scansonic™ brand that matches consumers' preferences with regard to modern functional design, quality and attractive pricing.

The Scansonic™ brand has a long history of over 40yrs

The world-famous high-end loudspeaker drive unit manufacturer ScanSpeak in Hørning, Denmark, created the Scansonic™ brandname in 1970 for a newly-developed line of excellent Hi-Fi loudspeakers.

In 1977 Dantax A/S acquired ScanSpeak. The entire production and manufacturing line was moved to Pandrup in the north of Denmark, and a separate ScanSpeak company was established, where the production of the world famous loudspeaker driveunits could be continued. In the Hi-Fi world ScanSpeak loudspeaker drive units were considered to be in a class above the rest, mainly due to the incorporated patents, the Hexagonal voicecoils and the Symmetric Drive. Bang & Olufsen had a royalty agreement with Scan Speak and used these patents in their loudspeakers for a number of years.

In 1985 the new ScanSpeak factory was destroyed in a fire. However, production was quickly re-established in new premises in Aabybro, Denmark. The demand from Hi-Fi purists from all over the world for the ScanSpeak high quality loudspeaker drive units continued, and after some years Dantax A/S received an offer from Videbæk Loudspeaker Factory (VIFA) for the whole ScanSpeak operation, and they took over. Today ScanSpeak still exists as a Danish loudspeaker drive unit factory.

The Scansonic™ brand, however, remained the property of Dantax Radio A/S which includes the famous RHADIO brand or world clas loudspeakers too and continues to offer high quality loudspakers to satisfy the HiFi audiophile.

Scansonic™ products are sold in many countries worldwide by selected distributors and retailers. 

Reviews

Reviews

Have I heard better speakers than Scansonic MB-1 for this price? NO..... Do I want a pair of MB-1? YES
LYD & BILLEDE MAG
SOUND QUALITY           - 5 STARS
FUNCTIONALITY           - 4 STARS
USER-FRIENDLINESS  - 5 STARS
QUALITY IMPRESSION - 5 STARS
FINAL ASSESSMENT     - 5 STARS
Simply great sound for the money. The build quality is excellent and moreover its really easy to set up. but they want to have a quality amplifier….

EXTENDED REVIEW: Only a short time ago, we  cheered for Raidho X-1, which are fantastic speakers in a small format. But you can't call them cheap. How good can it be for one-third of the price?

Well, you take the same designer and give him the task, so you can hope for something really good. Michael Børresen is his name, and the speakers have his initials as the model designation.

We already wrote about Børresen during the test of the Radio speakers, and he has been involved in several projects for other producers. This is because he knows his field, and he has a refreshing way of thinking outside the box.

Danish Dantax are owners of Raidho and also has the Scansonic brand. First and foremost, this brand deals with imports of electronics, which often has a surprisingly high quality. When they were looking for a speaker series, it was an obvious choice to inquire with an internal specialist – Michael Børresen

COAL FIBRE HERE AND THERE

We will have a closer look at the smallest model in Scansonic's top series, which is the two-way mini monitor stand speakers with the name MB-1. The goal was to build small but high-performance stand speakers, which were both elegant and easy to place. That's why the bass port is directed forward, since it means that the speakers can be set closer to the rear wall.

As usual, when Michael Børresen is involved, a band treble is used. It is not Børresen's own treble, but he has a great sense of what a good band treble speaker should sound like, and has found an element which is according to his own ideal sound. The bass/midway element of 4.5 inches has a rigid diaphragm in coal fibre, in line with the diaphragms found in Raidho's speakers.

MB-1 has a great rounded enclosure with a coal fibre plate on top, with a look that is both bold and exclusive. Together with the solid inner reinforcements, it also contributes to making the cabinet dead. On the back, two excellent terminals are located, and just like on Raidho C and D, they are placed vertically instead of horizontally.

Furthermore, a unique stand with adjustable aluminium feet has been developed, but the speakers also fit with the stands for Raidho X-1. We have used the latter in this test. On its own stands and also on X-1’s stands, the speakers are slightly tilted backwards, and the stands are quite difficult to mount. It is not simply plug and play...

RAIDHO-DNA

The first time I heard Scansonic MB-1, my jaw dropped – literally. This was at the fair in Munich, and I am sure that many producers of considerably more expensive speakers, who heard the small wonders, left the Raidho room because it was there that the speakers were on display with worried minds. It was a big room, but the small speakers per formed at a level that speakers at 1300-2000 are not supposed to be capable of. They were simply one of the biggest surprises of the fair.

That is why I have been looking forward to receiving them for a test. And I might as well say it right away: The result is more than exciting.It is not difficult to set up MB-1 and get a good result, but with a bit of tuning, you can get a whole lot further. They sound a lot like Raidho. That's not so strange, as they have succeeded in squeezing a lot of Raidho's DNA into MB-1. A lot!

There is definitely (even) better resolution, musicality and refinement in the small Raidho X-1, no doubt about it, but for one-third of the price, the MB-1 has come a long way. And X-1 are fantastic speakers; the more you listen to them,you appreciate them more and more.

The same goes for MB-1; they are winners from the start, but they win even more in the long run. The sound is organic in the most musical of ways, the sound picture is of Raidho format (in other words, big!), and there are plenty of details and resolution. Let's talk about the bass. It is both firm and potent, almost in a nature-defying way – the bass element is only 4.5" after all. This is really a bargain for this price!

BETTER WITH A BETTER AMPLIFIER 

MB-1 was allowed to play both with a hybrid amplifier from Vincent in the same price range as the speakers themselves and with my standard test amplifier, Devialet 200. And it was clearly shown that there is a difference between the amplifiers. Both of them worked well.

I say not quite, but they came surprisingly close while trying. e.g. their "half-brothers" Raidho X-1 show that it is possible to come (even) closer.

With Vincent, the sound became a bit warm without it being too much. MB-1 gave a slightly higher detail level than other speakers in this price range, which I also tried with the amplifier. In addition, I tried with a PowerDAC and a streamer as the source. Here, you could clearly hear that the amplifier sets limits for the sound quality you get.

Not a bad result in itself, but here we have obviously gotten less than what the speakers need. With an amplifier of higher quality, MB-1 flourishes and provides an even better musical result.

CONCLUSION

Have I heard better speakers than Scansonic MB-1 for this price? No. 

Do I want a pair of MB-1? Yes. 

This is really something you need to consider if you are looking for some really good stand speakers where the price is not sky-high. Here, you get a sound picture you will immediately like, and it all just feels sooo right. A big applause for MB-1!

Scansonic has come up with loudspeaker well worthy of a serious audition.
Andrew Everard -Dada Audio

REVIEW SUMMARY:
In particular the tweeter works exceptionally well, with an open, airy sound when playing atmospheric live recordings, excellent sting with cymbals without any sense of overcooking things with excessive splash or sizzle, and fine midband fluidity and detailing.

The MB-1 covers its tracks extremely well, and you’re likely to be struck by how low these speakers can appear to go, along with the speed and tunefulness of the bass they deliver, .......There’s never any sense of a lack of weight, and by the standards of speakers of this size they’re extremely impressive.

What is beyond reproach is the superb sense of soundstage depth, width and focus the MB-1s present: listen to a live concert through them and you get a sonic picture extending between and beyond the speakers, and in which performers are placed solidly and reliably.

EXTENDED REVIEW: This compact speaker has impressive engineering and plenty of heritage behind it. Andrew Everard takes a listen..... 
So, Scansonic – does the name seem vaguely familiar? Its MB series of speakers, starting with the MB-1 we have here and going all the way up to the MB-6 line-array floorstanders, may be new (and just one of three complete speaker ranges on its books), but the brand name has an illustrious history, being deeply rooted in Danish speaker design and engineering. Scansonic goes back 45 years, when it was introduced as the name on a then-new line of loudspeakers from famous Danish drive-unit manufacturer ScanSpeak. Having survived a factory fire, ScanSpeak was later acquired by current Scansonic owner Dantax after a period of being owned by Ortofon parent company Fonofilm, during which its co-founders pulled out and eventually found Dynaudio. You may be getting the idea by now that the inner workings of the Danish speaker/driver industry are both fascinating and entirely convoluted!

For the design of the MB speaker series, Scansonic looked within its parent company to Michael Børresen, executive R&D manager at Raidho, where he has worked for more than a dozen years. And while there’s a clear influence from his work with Raidho designs in some aspects of the design here, the intention was always to make a range true to the Scansonic brand. To Mark Børresen’s contribution to the design, his initials are on every model – hence the ‘MB’.

Available in black or white ‘silk’ finish, the speakers have a curvedwall enclosure design, ported to the front, and can be used on a choice of two Scansonic speaker stands: there’s a curvaceous single-pillar model, and a twin-column design. Standing just over 33cm tall, the MB-1 has pretty conventional ‘bookshelf speaker’ dimensions, but an all-up fighting weight of 6.1kg reveals the use of heavy bracing inside to further increase the structural integrity of what is already a rigid cabinet, thanks to those curved panels.

Ribbon tweeters and carbon-fibre cones are found across the range, and the one in the MB-1 uses a Kapton/aluminium sandwich construction 0.02mm thick, meaning it weighs a fraction of a conventional dome diaphragm, making it easier to drive with less coloration.The 115mm mid/bass unit uses that carbon-fibre weave to obtain stiffness without weight penalties, and is of a dustcap-less design, driven by an overhung magnet system with a long excursion for powerful bass. Inlays line the slot-shaped port below the woofer to reduce noise, and the handover between the drivers centres around 3.5kHz.

On the end of my Naim network music player/amplifier system, the immediate impression is of the scale and quality of bass: yes, the spec suggests they run out of steam at around 50Hz, but when it comes to small speakers and low-end welly, there’s no sense of the sound lacking substance.

Playing rock or pop music there’s weight and speed down there, ensuring rhythm sections power along smartly, and bass and drums have excellent character and drive.Scansonic doesn’t quote a sensitivity figure, saying only that nominal impedance is greater than 6ohm, and that it recommends high-quality amplifiers of greater than 50W. That said, the speakers seem to be a pretty easy drive: as well as using my Supernait 2, I also try them with Denon’s PMA-50 (HFC 397), and there’s never any sense the Denon is struggling, although the sound does take on further conviction and presence with the Naim.

That bass weight may be the first surprise in the MB-1’s presentation, but what’s even more pleasing is the way the whole sound hangs together, with no sense of this being a one-trick speaker, and a generous, detailed overall balance that’s well beyond expectations of a design so compact. In particular the tweeter works exceptionally well, with an open, airy sound when playing atmospheric live recordings, excellent sting with cymbals without any sense of overcooking things with excessive splash or sizzle, and fine midband fluidity and detailing.

Play some classic Miles Davis and it’s hard not to be drawn into the performance. There’s superb rasp and breath to the trumpet, while other instruments are handled in similarly convincing style, the bass has just the right amount of snap of finger on string then vibrational resonance, enabling the contribution of the instrument’s body to be heard. At the same time the drums have good punch and drive, while all the delicacy required to enjoy the times when sticks give way to brushes and the snap and fizz of the cymbals.While the bass is impressive for speakers of this size, there are times when its lower limits are apparent, for which reason I wouldn’t suggest these are the optimum choice for fans of church organ music or those enjoying room-shaking synthesised bass! However, in general terms the MB-1 covers its tracks extremely well, and you’re more likely to be struck by how low these speakers can appear to go, along with the speed and tunefulness of the bass they deliver, rather than worrying too much about that last bit of low-frequency information that’s missing. There’s never any sense of a lack of weight, and by the standards of speakers of this size they’re extremely impressive.

What is beyond reproach is the superb sense of soundstage depth, width and focus the MB-1s present: listen to a live concert through them and you get a sonic picture extending between and beyond the speakers, and in which performers are placed solidly and reliably. With a shade of toe-in toward the listening position, that remarkable focus is sharpened, and at the same time the feeling of front-to-back depth is enhanced; impressive, too, is the way they maintain that sense of solidity – which after all is what stereo is all about – even when you move off-axis.

These aren’t ‘sweet spot’ speakers, limited to delivering their best at one, very narrow, listening position, and there’s no sense of the tweeters ‘beaming’: instead they’ve very clearly been designed for real-world listening, to be enjoyed by several people in the room at once, and they’re all the better for that. As well as the tweeter design, that has much to do with the way the two drivers and the crossover marry up to present music as a whole, with no sense of ‘handover’ between the drivers to catch the attention and divert it from the music.

If you’re looking for rather superior speakers for use in a small or medium-sized room, and can afford both the speaker/stands package and the kind of quality amplifier you’ll need to hear them at their best, this is a highly competitive design. By combining room friendliness – that front-venting port means that you can use them close to a rear wall – stylish looks and a very persuasive sound seemingly beyond its modest dimensions,

Scansonic has come up with loudspeaker well worthy of a serious audition.

.....you have a sense of air and of air and detail – detail that, especially in those upper registers, gives no sense whatsoever of overhang or excess fat.
Alan Sircom - HI FI+

REVIEW SUMMARY: The Raidho element is clear when you get to that midrange; liquid, transparent, beguiling. Put on anything with a woman’s voice – ‘Lucky’ by Kat Edmonson [Way Down Low, Okeh] is a perfect example – and it sounds like the gamine Ms E. is in the room with you, being a bit coy and breathy. No artifice, no barriers between you and her, just the musical connection. 

That’s the big thing about the Scansonic MB‑2.5, and it harks back to the opening of this tale. There are those who’ve heard what Raidho do and love it, but hate the price. They simply cannot or will not make that kind of financial commitment on a pair of loudspeakers, no matter how good. Those people will see the Scansonic range as a golden opportunity. It brings them much of what the Raidho speakers offer in a more affordable, more approachable package. Very highly recommended! 

There’s a lot to like about the Raidho loudspeaker system, but there’s one big stumbling block that keeps on cropping up from time to time – the price. A pair of Raidho’s entry-level baby X-1 standmounts will set you back nearly four and a half grand with the stands, and Raidho’s floorstanders start at a shade under £15k for the C 2.1 and go up into six figures for the mighty D-5. Aside from needing to make up its mind whether to use a hyphen across all its ranges, what would be really good is something like a ‘diffusion line’; an Emporio Armani to Raidho’s Georgio, if you like. 

What would really be good is a pair of Scansonic MB-2.5 floorstanding loudspeakers. 

The full name of the loudspeaker is something of a giveaway, if you know Raidho’s history. Raidho is part of the Dantax Radio A / S group, in Pandrup on the north-west of Denmark’s Jutland peninsular. Dantax has been around for a long time, and in 1977 bought a group of then-recently liquidated companies called Scan-Speak, Scan-Sonic, and Scan-Sound. Although it later sold on Scan-Speak, Dantax retained the Scan-Sonic brand for a range of lower-end audio products: the company still turns out DAB radios, iDevice docking stations, and Bluetooth loudspeakers in significant numbers. Fast forward to today and Scansonic (once more with the on-again, off-again relationship with the hyphen) is the perfect vehicle to create a high value, volume brand, leveraging much of what is distinctive about Raidho in the process. 

The rest of the name is significant, too. ‘MB’ are the initials of one Michael Børresen, who has been designing Raidho loudspeakers (and then some) for the last 12 years or more. It’s also a two-and-a-half way design, although that ‘2.5’ just happens to be Scansonic’s particular nomenclature for this range, rather than a statement of intent. The MB-1 standmount, for example, is a two-way design, so the spell is broken. 

This is kind of a perfect storm in loudspeakers. Parent company Dantax has the resources needed to fund and develop a project like the MB-2.5, and a designer like Børresen doesn’t have it in his character to put his initials to a half-baked product, even at a more value-driven level than he’s hitherto worked on. Børresen is one of audio’s mad professors, although more in a ‘left-field stroke of genius’ way than ‘feet are just leg-hands’ craziness. 

The MB-2.5 is the middle of three speakers in the range, with a two-way MB-1 standmount below and a three-way with side-firing bass units and a D’Appolito mid-treble-mid called MB-3.5 above. All three models share the same sealed kapton/aluminium sandwich membrane ribbon tweeter, and the same 115mm carbon-coned mid-bass unit (the MB-2.5 uses two of these, one as a mid-woofer and one purely as a below-250Hz woofer in traditional twoand-a-half way designs). These mid-bass cones have an overhung magnet system similar to Raidho’s own. All three are extremely slim, and yet surprisingly heavy, thanks to a lot of bracing and the carbon-loaded front baffle. The rest of the enclosure rests on elegant aluminium outriggers (with a sort of ‘lite’ version of the decoupling feet seen on Raidho’s designs), and the cabinet itself comes in a choice of white or black silk semi-gloss finish. 

There’s an important point here that needs saying. These loudspeakers do look good. They are slim and elegant in that kind of effortless, minimalist Scandinavian style that we’ve all grown to love. I can’t help be broadly reminded of the look of the Sonus faber Venere 2.5, but in both models, it’s the design touches that are all important to both and ultimately separate the two. I don’t think this is ‘imitation’, however, but rather ‘design convergence’: broadly similar specification sheets ultimately begat broadly similar end products. 

With reasonably benign four-ohm nominal impedance, the MB-2.5 is not a difficult load for an amplifier, although Scansonic recommends more than 50W power output in its partnering electronics. Scansonic nuances this somewhat with the term ‘high quality amplifiers’, and this is important. You need to make some consideration as to the ‘stiffness’ of the amplifier’s power supply when partnering the MB-2.5. No, you don’t need to hook it up to some doublingdown beast power amplifier that costs 20x as much as the loudspeakers, but neither can you use it with an amplifier that does not have good control over the bottom end. Something like a Hegel H80, Naim SuperNAIT or SuperUniti is completely ideal here, where as some loose, flappy bottom end from an inexpensive amplifier with not enough iron in its transformer (and that’s not a euphemism) will leave you cold. That being said, the Scansonic speakers are not as fussy as Raidho’s models, so moving the right speaker three ångström to the left, or using not quite the ideal choice of interconnect cable will not shout at you the way it can through the D-1. The MB-2.5 is more forgiving, and more approachable as a result. However, you can seriously push the envelope, too, and the speakers will shine. In addition, set-up is an important consideration. In fairness, it’s an important consideration in any audio system, but the Scansonic MB-2.5 shares the Raidho trait of needing very careful care and feeding. And, in most cases, that necessitates a room re-think. Imagine a room with a floor 4.5m wide and 6m long; typically the loudspeakers would be about a metre or so away from the side and back walls, with a 2.5m gap between them, and the listener sitting at the other end of that 6m length, probably about 2m or so from the rear wall. This gives the best sound for most loudspeakers. Scansonic joins a select list (including, of course, Raidho, but also designs like Audio Physic) that demand the listener sit across the width of the room (about a metre from the rear wall) and have the loudspeakers set wide into the room. Although the down-firing port notionally means these loudspeakers are perfectly comfortable close to walls, that isn’t the case in reality, and they need some air around them, at least to the rear. They need at least a metre from the rear wall, but can work surprisingly close to the sides, and they love to be further apart than most loudspeakers. 

In fact, here’s how I think you get them to sound good. Move them further and further out, playing a piece of music with a strong central image to test. Eventually, that central image will begin to sound diffuse and insubstantial, and you end up with that nasty ‘hole in the middle’ effect. Now, move them back from the brink, in about 3cm steps until the ‘hole in the middle’ effect goes away, and fi ne tune from there. 

The other aspect they seem to have inherited from Raidho is a significantly long run-in period. The sound out of the box bears some relationship to the end result, but the reality is we’re talking hundreds of hours for them to achieve full ‘on song’ form. Especially in the bass, which seems to slowly tighten up (and paradoxically, fill out) over time. My advice; if you are getting a demonstration in store or at home, make sure the demo pair have been extremely well run in, and if you decide to buy a pair, put them baffl e-to-baffl e, wire the speakers out of phase to one another, throw a blanket over them, and play something varied and monophonic through them*. On repeat. For a month. Our pair arrived with some miles on the clock, but nothing compared to how we’ve heard them in shows or demonstrations or at the factory, and the difference is not ‘hotrodded’ samples: it’s sheer weight of hours played that counts. Many, many hours later, the loudspeakers sprung to life. 

And what sprung to life could best be described as a ‘lean, clean, detail machine’. It’s not the thickest, richest sound you will have ever heard, but after listening to the MB-2.5, going back to thicker, richer sounding loudspeakers at the price may very well seem like wading through sludge. Instead, you have a sense of air and of air and detail – detail that, especially in those upper registers, gives no sense whatsoever of overhang or excess fat. I put on John Pickard’s ‘The Flight of Icarus’ [Norrköping S.O., Brabbins conducting, BIS], and the dynamic shading and energy of the recording highlighted instruments in the upper registers with ease. 

You could really pick out the subtlety and drive of Christian Lindberg’s trombone playing, despite being set in a difficult modern classical setting. Those strings are not as lush as they might be played through BBC‑style loudspeakers, but they aren’t meant to be lush, they are meant to be hard‑edged and powerful. The MB‑2.5s are clearly resolving a lot of detail, especially in the upper registers. Then there’s the soundstage, which is extremely deep and – as you might expect, given the speaker placement – very wide. There’s a great precision to this staging though, with instruments taking on a sense of three‑dimensional layering that is usually the preserve of the likes of Quad Electrostatics (in fairness, the Raidho C and D models do this too). The live off the desk sound of King Curtis Live at Fillmore West [ATCO] expresses this perfectly. ‘Memphis Soul Stew’ builds slowly and steadily as more instruments are added to the mix and it can all get very confused and confusing when the full band is at full tilt; the MB‑2.5 decodes this and lays it all out with great precision. This is why the choice of amplifier is important, though, because it needs something that can do this without making it sound drab or flat – the Scansonic is too good a transducer to lose out to poor amplification. 

The Raidho element is clear when you get to that midrange; liquid, transparent, beguiling. Put on anything with a woman’s voice – ‘Lucky’ by Kat Edmonson [Way Down Low, Okeh] is a perfect example – and it sounds like the gamine Ms E. is in the room with you, being a bit coy and breathy. No artifice, no barriers between you and her, just the musical connection. 

While you can play loud by audiophile standards quite comfortably, if the MB‑2.5 is intended to fill a large room with gut‑crunching heavy rock at concert levels, choose another loudspeaker. Fortunately, the over‑specified magnet and coil former in the bass drivers means they will bottom out long before anything catastrophic happens, but push too far into the 100dB+ zone in room and the ‘wub wub wub’ break in ‘Limit To Your Love’ from James Blake’s eponymous post‑dubstep album [ATLAS] can lose its way and go staccato. 

You can’t help trying to compare the Scansonic MB‑2.5 to something Raidho, despite the fact you could buy nearly five pairs of MB‑2.5s for the cost of a pair of the cheapest Raidho floorstanders. It’s an unfair comparison; set against the Raidho D‑1, for example, the MB‑2.5 lacks some top‑end refinement and overall coherence, which is like criticising a Mini for not being a BMW 5‑Series. For the money, that ‘lean, clean, detail machine’ crown is unassailable. You won’t find anything close to doing what the MB‑2.5 do for the money. They have enough of the Raidho genetic code to sound like Raidho, but not enough to stop a prospective Raidho owner from changing their mind. 

That’s the big thing about the Scansonic MB‑2.5, and it harks back to the opening of this tale. There are those who’ve heard what Raidho do and love it, but hate the price. They simply cannot or will not make that kind of financial commitment on a pair of loudspeakers, no matter how good. Those people will see the Scansonic range as a golden opportunity. It brings them much of what the Raidho speakers offer in a more affordable, more approachable package. Very highly recommended! 

........Alan Sircom

SCANSONIC MB3.5 & MB1 STEREO review (German / English translation)

The German distribution, up to now rather in the segment of the HiFi pieces of furniture and the accessories at home, explains, in any case, self-confidently, it is a purpose, in the price range of the still affordable boxes to about 4,000 euros the field aufzumischen? Yes, geht᾽s then still?

A look in the small print shows that the name Scansonic may be a quite blank sheet in Germany, however, the mother rma Dantax, in the Danish Pandrup resident, an old established enterprise is under whose roof such noble High final plants prosper like the Raidho loudspeakers which enjoy internationally a high respect and also been convincing in the stereo hearing rooms quite several times and collected test laurel. If one has found out this, the track is laid to the abbreviation mb with which this loudspeaker row is decorated: Behind it Michael Borresen, for more than twelve years spirit Rector is hidden with Raidho. Borresen received the meadow rise to develop a boxing series, against the place deer of the set up dimensions like B*W, Canton, DALI, Focal, Heco, magnate, Nubert und Co. more than should be competitive and not give up, besides, the technical independence of the Raidhos.

Booklet was Pfl icht 
Thus was certain for Borresen from beginning that the complete series had to be provided absolutely with a booklet in the sealed case, as it is in the Raidho loudspeakers to nden. The advantages as regards quickness, meadow ösung and discolouration freedom are too big from his view compared with all other materials and forms. Only 20 micrometers of thin layer of cape tone and aluminium with theirs only about 1 / 50 stel of a conventional calotte amounting mass of 0.03 grams brings at least theoretically the best basic conditions to reach the put purpose. Because the Scansonic loudspeaker are much more favourable than the big Raidho brothers and sisters, the Danes must have attached somewhere the Rotsti. Borresen betrayed us that he has completely constructed the chassis, indeed, the manufacturing in comparatively big numbers of pieces, nevertheless, in Taiwan instead of nde, just as with the middle and the Tie önern. An other economy measure was due with the magnet material, here for the neodymium otherwise usual with Raidho the budget did not reach. The fact that one carries out the assembly completely in Denmark, is positive for the purposes of the added value absolutely.

If you are probably quiet 
The smallest model of the class MB-1 is conceived as a two way loudspeaker and was sketched immediately with an optical and acoustic suitable stand – also if one can acquire the boxes without stand, we urgently advise the acquisition of the complete unity. Here combined Borresen the booklet with a langhubigen cirque voucher-Tie öner which gets by with costly magnet system and without dust protection calotte and was developed after the maxim „ easily, but stiffly “. Big ema for the Danish developer also is for many years, that are "quiet his loudspeakers must go what he understands by, that they show not only no Partialschwingungen, but also no noises of themselves give which point to her effective doing. Silence stood also in the Lastenhe for the forwards shining Bassre exö nung which was optimised in her course inside especially on the prevention from current noises

Practically oriented development 
One laid a special attention in Denmark also to be able to position the boxes in wall nearness without letting the bass ouch lähen or pulling other essential Eigenscha en in Mitleidenscha. The stand is firmly screwed together on the box and stands on very respectable, height-adjustable aluminium feet. The manufacturing quality and optical creation of the cases available in Black and white is very high-quality and suited for living space; to the additional stiffening the crooked case was provided with a cirque voucher cover plate. As connection clips a pair serves more high grade, kunststo of covered and gilt sockets. A cover is not available, so that the technical grace is preserved anyway

Booklets, cirque voucher and aluminum 
We had loaded the top-of-the-line model from the mb series, 3.5, likewise to the test. It concerns a slender column with a height of about 115 centimeters whose booklet tweeter is framed by two Tiefmitteltönern and is supported, in addition, in the deep positions by a pair at the side of right 16.5 centimetres measuring Tie öner with aluminium membranes. Height-adjustable spikes in screwable together interpreters also belong here to the self-image. The points thought up by Borresen are equipped high grade. Circuit-technically she holds some distance of the current apprenticeship what one also recognises by the deep, but very much schmalbandigen burglary with approx. 100 hertz in the frequency way diagram. The other measuring data of both test persons left joy ouch ommen with lab leader Uli Apel.

In particular the distortion values are very low, the efficiency with both models moderately, but not critically. 3.5 should get not only a well sounding, but as far as possible also not to low-performance amplifier as a play partner, nevertheless, she needs for an adequate listening volume more than 20 watts – what is to be seen than price for in view of her volume far down reaching frequency way. We tried it at first with a Marantz 7005 full amplifiers which may count in the 1000-euro-price range as a hot tip and was appreciated in IN STEREO 12/14 accordingly. As a spring, on this occasion, served Pioneer PD-30, (IN STEREO 8/12) counts as a very musical beginner's player, the wiring consisted of Chord, HMS and van the Hul

For the entrance that was no bad choice. The spatial picture in width and depth fitted, the timing was so exact, at least that a Mitwipp-E ekt started. There was really pitiful De zite already in this constellation barely, even if in the details yet everything did not stand to the best. Thus we missed an exact Fokussierung – for instance, from Johnny Cash – just as a really full and, besides, controlled bass area. In smaller MB-1 almost as expected, however, 3.5 could still win no advantage, on the contrary to themselves in this constellation:

She sounded rather listlessly as jumping, and the tonale balance was away a good piece to kindle storms of enthusiasm. Because to us was, however, just after cheering, we changed the set-up and made sure on number. With the Symphonic Line RG9 MK IV almost every loudspeaker is served more than well than signal supplier served now a musical Fidelity Disk drive in combination with the Bricasti converter which we describe from page 48 in this issue. Now the wiring took over the in price celestially situated set from Ansuz in whose development Borresen has likewise decisive interest.

More purely – more out 
Now the sound events blossomed. Now from supposition about musical intentions certainties, from tender indications became clearly recognisable structures. If in the SWF radio play „ the sky covers everything with silence to the " knarzende door was moved, the slightly synthetic reminiscence which was perceived before had given way to an illusion rather close to reality. Slamming a door sounded more than both boxes so without beginning that one winced involuntarily, even if smaller MB-1 allowed to miss of course something in foundation.

The bigger sister MB-3.5 accepted these and other dynamic challenges naturally much more calm and more naturally. We had decided, by the way to let radiate outwardly her at the side right basses what must not necessarily be in your concrete residential situation, however, like that. To experiment something is worthwhile – like actually always when one liked to get out the last of an available chain.

The next touchstone were mighty, respect imperious organ tones as they are a stereo-CD to nden with Camille Saint-Saëns "Symphony No.3" on the spectacular Living. Besides, the deepest registers must not even hold out to make clear that the state box can clearly score here. With the picture sharpness, for instance, of a guitar, however, points MB-1, why Komgroße fan municipality have. So plastically and with firmly outlined like Rodrigo y Gabriela her cabinet little pieces here present this what already has. However, we looked for an in price fitting solution for the loudspeakers, because quite honestly: Who combines already loudspeaker for just 2500 respectively 4,000 euros with an arrangement all around which devours more than 20,000 euros?

Payable in the nirvana 
We found a realistically sounding and payable combination in the ex-bottom sura 3010 amplifiers (IN STEREO 3/13) and Cambridge azure 851C CD player (IN STEREO 9/12) as well as a wiring of Chord Cable. To enjoy tension, meadow ösung, precision and control also in the bass, a tänzerische ease and enough steam, around also sometimes Yello in "household noise level" – so loud that one can well hear the music in all rooms.

Indeed, the losses compared with the luxuriö sen set-up were audible, but to sort venial sins “ and with it as rather insignificant and gettable over quite unambiguously under the column „, because the general view remained consistent: Cash's voice in "One" is fragile which differentiates guitar clearly. Livingston Taylors "Isn᾽t She Lovely" comes with the right serving of fervour and emotionalism, but without sinking into complete kitsch. No doubt, the Scansonic brothers and sisters did joy. That the ability in the Aufdrö-seln of details, besides, never in the direction of Lästigkeit abdri ete, verhil to them with the assessment point Long time suitability likewise to a Bestnote.

For whom is the Mehrausgabe worthwhile now by the state loudspeaker MB-3.5, and who is served with the compact model MB-1 very well? The 3.5th offers as expected dynamically and in the Tie onbereich more, however, needs vernün ige Aufstellbedingungen and a better and krä igeren amplifier if she should show her extra qualities in practice. The Homogenität and Tonalität as well as the timing are convincing with both models.
........Michael Lang

Have I heard better speakers than Scansonic MB-1 at this price? NO. Would Id like a couple of MB-1? YES. This is something you definitely have to check out if you are looking for some really good stand mtg speakers

SUMMARY REVIEW: The first time I heard Scansonic MB-1, I lost the jaw - literally. It was at the Munich trade fair, and I am sure that many manufacturers of much more expensive speakers who heard the small wonders, left Raidho-room - for it was there that the speakers were presented - with a worried frown. It was a very large room, but the small speakers performed at a level speakers to 10,000-15,000 crowns per. definition should not be. They were simply one of the fair's biggest surprises.

The sound is organic in the most musical way, the sound image is of Raidho format (so big!) And there are lots of detail and resolution. Then we can talk about bass that is both real and potent in an almost unnatural way - bass element is after all only 4.5 inches. It's really good for the price!

EXTENDED REVIEW: It is only a short time ago, we rejoiced Raidho X-1, which is fantastic speakers in a small format. But cheap, one can not call them. How good can it be to a third of the price?

Well, you take the same designer and give him the job, then there is hope for something really good. Michael Børresen is the name, and the speakers also bears his initials as the model designation.

Børresen we have already written about in connection with our test of Radio speaker, and he is and has been involved in several projects for other producers. The reason is that he knows his stuff, and he has a liberating ability to think outside the box.

Danish Dantax are shareholders of Raidho and also has a brand called Scansonic. This tag works primarily with imports of electronic products of the cheaper kind, but often are of surprisingly good quality. Because they would have a speaker line, it was therefore natural to turn to an internal specialist - Michael Børresen.

Carbon fiber here and there
We need to look at the smallest model in Scansonics Top range, there is two-way mini-monitor stand speakers, which has been named MB-1. The goal was to build some high-performance small tripod speakers who also was both elegant and easily placed. Therefore facing bass port forward as it means that the speakers can be positioned closer to the rear wall.

As usual, when Michael Børresen involved used ribbon tweeter. It is not Børresens own, but he has a nose for how a good ribbon tweeter speaker will sound, and have found an item that goes towards his own ideal. Bass / midrange element of 4.5 inches has a rigid membrane in carbon fiber, fully in line with the membranes sitting in Raidhos speakers.

MB-1 has a nicely rounded enclosure with a carbon fiber plate on top, which both looks naughty and exclusive out. In addition, it contributes, along with solid internal reinforcement, to make the cabinet dead. On the back sits a few great devices like at Raidho C and D are positioned vertically instead of horizontally.

There's even developed a special tripod with adjustable aluminium feet, but speakers also fit Raidho X-1 frame. It is the latter that we have used in the test.On their own and X-1 stands facing speakers slightly tilted back, the stands are pretty difficult to install. It is not exactly plug-and-play ...

The great devices sits vertically, just like the tripod speakers Raidho C and D.

Raidho DNA
The first time I heard Scansonic MB-1, I lost the jaw - literally. It was at the Munich trade fair, and I am sure that many manufacturers of much more expensive speakers who heard the small wonders, left Raidho-room - for it was there that the speakers were presented - with a worried frown. It was a very large room, but the small speakers performed at a level speakers to 10,000-15,000 crowns per. definition should not be. They were simply one of the fair's biggest surprises.

Therefore, I eagerly looked forward to getting them to test. And I might as well say it straight: The result is more than exciting.

It is not difficult to MB-1 up and get a good result, but with a little extra trimming can get a good job anymore. They sound a lot like Raidho. It is not surprising, but it has managed to squeeze a lot of Raidhos DNA into the MB-1. A lot!

Admittedly, there is not (yet) more resolution, musicality and sophistication in the small Raidho X-1, no doubt about it, but a third of the price is MB-1 reached a very long way. And X-1 is amazing speakers that you put more and more price, the more you hear them.

The same applies to MB-1; they are winners from the start, but win even more in the long run. The sound is organic in the most musical way, the sound image is of Raidho format (so big!) And there are lots of detail and resolution. Then we can talk about bass that is both real and potent in an almost unnatural way - bass element is after all only 4.5 inches. It's really good for the price!

Better with a better amplifier

MB-1 were both allowed to play with a hybrid amplifier from Vincent in the same price range as the speakers themselves and with my standard test amplifier Devialet 200. And they could clearly demonstrate that there is a difference between the amplifiers. It went great with both, but the MB-1 could not quite take advantage of the much greater potential in Devialet.

Not quite, I write, but they still came surprisingly far in the trial. Eg. showing their "halfbrothers" Raidho X-1, it is possible to (still) go further.

Vincent sound was slightly warm, without there was too much. MB-1 gave a slightly higher level of detail than others, pricewise comparable speakers that I tried together with amplifier. I tried also with a PowerDAC to around 5,000 kronor and a streamer source. Here it could be clearly heard that it was amplifier that put limits on the sound quality we got.

In itself not a bad result, but here we are definitely on the low side of what the speaker really like. With an amplifier of better quality blooms MB-1 up and gives a much more musical performance.

Conclusion

Have I heard better speakers than Scansonic MB-1 at this price? NO. Would I like a couple of MB-1? YES. This is something you definitely have to check out if you are looking for some really good stand mtg speakers where the price is not sky-high.Here you get a sound that you instinctively like and it feels just sooo true it all.Big applause for MB-1!

All the small speakers auditioned over the ast 6mths are famous brands with first-rate design and sound quality, however the Scansonic MB-1 stand mtg speakers are special
Tian Ma -AUDIOTECHNIQUE MAG (English translation)

SUMMARY REVUEW: (an English translation) - MB-1 plays a real and faithful sound effect without modifying the violin strings to sound magnificent, the violin shows itself from the beginning to the end without stop and the sound of strings firmly converges in the middle until the audiences applaud at the end of the performance. It is very enjoyable and satisfying to hear such a first-rate performance. 

the listener can feel the elastic force of bowstring in its sound, and the human voice was played very smoothly from low to high, and even the feeble breath and last syllable are clearly presented. In a word, it is very satisfying to hear this sort of sound effect. 

EXTENDED REVIEW:  (an English translation) - small speakers playing a wide sound field is possible by matching the equipment with the listening environment, but whats a good defination of a small speaker? I think we can say a speaker is small if it's main driver is less than 5 inches and its width is less than 10 inches. Though I always play the huge speakers in the company, such as Magico Q3 and Sonus Faber Lilium, which have made a deep impression on me, I still prefer to play small speakers than the big ones.

Fortunately, I have had three opportunities to play small speakers in a room of about 300 square feet over the last six months, and all the small speakers auditioned are famous brands with first-rate design and sound quality, however the Scansonic MB-1 stand mtg tested this month are special and even though the whole system was not expensive, less than RMB 18,000.00, (NZD $4,250), whether the sound field or the high/low extension of sense of space performs very well, and the sound is also very satisfying. It is absolutely worthy of being introduced to the readers. 

The Son of Unit Emperor
Scansonic is a brand comes from Denmark which attaches to Dantax A/S Company now. This brand was established by ScanSpeak in 1970, the company together with the sub-brand Scansonic was purchased by Dantax A/S Company in 1977 which spun off all production and business of ScanSpeak and sold to VIF Company, while Scansonic still belongs to Dantax A/S Company. Dantax A/S Company purchased Raidho in 2009. Even though they belong to the same company, Scansonic and Raidho have absolutely different styles, Scansonic typically makes products in the more common popular style, such as home theatre system, digital radio, iPod speaker, etc., while Raidho is specialized in only making high-end two-channel speakers. Michael Borresen – the president and designer of "Raidho was commisioned within the group to designed the new HD series based on his famoius Raidho speakers for Scansonic  I listened to one model of HD serials at Munich High End Show – the MB-1 bookshelf speaker, of which the sound field is the most attractive part, playing in a showroom wider than the audition room of the periodical, MB-1 still has high sound density and fluent high/low frequencies, and I desired to borrow it from the agent to have a try at that moment. My wish is fulfilled now.

The Ultra-thin Aluminum Tweeter MB-1 has very pleasing design and size, the speakers adopt the tear-drop shape design with a wider front and narrow back, both sides have the outer arc extending to the bottom and narrowing. The top of the speaker is Carbon-iron fiber sheets for matching up with internal structural support of the speaker to strengthen the damping effect. Vibration-proof technology is particular about the overall matching of high-rigidity materials; carbon-iron is composed of thousands of tiny iron fibers in an irregular way of which the toughness and surface tension are stronger than other iron fibers. The MB-1 value differs from other existing products, but is still within those with a limited cost budget.

Michael prefers to apply to the unit materials, such as adopting Kapton aluminium alloy thin film from DuPont making the tweeter a total thickness of 20 micron and weight of 0.03g in sandwich structure. Michael said that this tweeter is 50 times lighter than the traditional hemispheroidal tweeter unit made from ceramic or beryllium, in order to adjust the appropriate diffusion angle, a one inch oval hole has been made in the tweeter front baffle which matches harmoniously with the bass unit, and the bass reflex port is provided at the middle position on the bottom of front baffle, therefore there is no need to worry about the sound effect if the speaker back is placed close to a wall.

Wide Frequency Response
Many manufacturers in the industry use carbon-iron fiber to make their woofer which is very suitable for the vibrating diaphragm (driver)as it's heat-resisting, it's not easy to deform, and has very good strength. The MB-1 also adopts carbon-iron fiber for its woofer but the design is different from the more common ones; a thick rubber ring is used for matching with the vibrating diaphragm (driver) in order to have a more fluent movement, there is no dust cover. The woofer is 4.5 inches, and multiple woofers are used in Scansonic's bigger floor-standing speakers, For examole thier new top-class MB-6 model has 6 woofers. The MB-1 adopts two partial tones (12Db/octave), the crossover frequency of bass is set between50H and 3.5kHz, while the treble is up to40kHz. As a bookshelf-type speaker, MB-1 is a small one by its actual volume (Length is 312mm, width is 178mm, and depth is 286mm).

The MB-1 is small in size and only weighs 6.1KG, so I suggest using a tripod filled with sand to hold such a light speaker, otherwise, I assumed it would be impossible to play the rich bass, therefore I tried using a pair of Foundation Audio Designer II 24 steel stands instead of Raidho X-1 stand in the initial stage of testing, resulting in the smooth and steady sound effect and the sufficient low-frequency performance. However, MB-1 immediately makes a bigger sound after changing to Scvansonic's X-1 custom speaker stand, it is obvious that MB-1 has a better performance playing both high and low frequency with the X-1 speaker stand, but what puzzles me most is that how MB-1 can make a good sound just by holding the speaker and stand together with a screw and a wooden plug, but facts speak louder than words, and Michael Borresen's idea proved to be correct that the best speaker stands are not always the ones that stands still and after the performance I cannot think of any reason to refute him. 

Full Scenes and Rich Levels MB-1 works together with a good quality 75w integrated amplfier, the sound field is wide, and also the sound has the distinct levels of musical instrument. Even “Aida: Grand March/Verdi” can be rhythmically played with bright treble at the opening and especially sonorous brass cymbals, and MB-1 can easily make the deep and strong and penetrating sound of brass-wind instruments. When playing the song named “Elaine”, MB-1 creates a deep sound field with wide left and right sides; and its most satisfying part is that the sounds of orchestral and brass-wind instruments are distinct.

Then MB-1 played an album named “Anne-Sophie Mutter Live From Yellow Lounge,” a recent release, that has a good reputation. Yellow Lounge is a small performance venue, the close range between performers and audiences make the atmosphere very lively, where the reverberation and bloom are not as obvious as in the concert hall.

The CD – Vivaldi ‘The Four Seasons (Summer)’ has a slightly dry sound, and MB-1 plays a real and faithful sound effect without modifying the violin strings to sound magnificent, the violin shows itself from the beginning to the end without stop and the sound of strings firmly converges in the middle until the audiences applaud at the end of the performance. It is very enjoyable and satisfying to hear such a first-rate performance.

After playing some classical music, it played a Jazz album named “Forgotten Time” sung by Singer Yunyi Wang which has high demands for human voice. Yunyi Wang has a deep voice, but she can raise her voice to a very high register, changing between the high and low voice register is a easy way to test the speaker's sound quality, of course it is not easy to play the sound with lasting appeal of contrabass. MB-1 delivers a good performance in this song, there is no weakness in the space-time and volume of mid bass, and the listener can feel the elastic force of bowstring in its sound, and the human voice was played very smoothly from low to high, and even the feeble breath and last syllable are clearly presented. In a word, it is very satisfying to hear this sort of sound effect. 

Summary
Though MB-1 doesn’t have the sound with strong character, its warm sound is very attractive, its density is not low when performing in a space more than three hundred feet, and it is even more delicate than the other common small speakers. Its sound quality definitely deserves its price. Readers interested at MB-1, please buy the original custon X-1 speaket stands possible, you can gain the unexpected magical effect for sure.

........... Tian Ma 

Specifications:
Unit: Kapton aluminum coating tweeter /4.5 inch carbon iron fiber mid-bass unit 
Frequency response: 50Hz - 40 Hz
Impedance: 6Ω 
Dimensions (W X H X D): 175 X 312 X 286mm 
Weight: 6.1 kg 
Suggested Retail Price: of MB-1 speaker - HKD $18,200 .
Suggested Retail Price of X-1 speaker stand - HKD $7,000

High-end for a 'normal' price - A speaker that can paint a complete picture of a recording. With full enthusiasm and a captivating sound and presentation.
Jaap Veenstra - Alpha Audio (translation)

REVIEEW SUMMARY: The Scansonic MB6 plays - the size makes it also suggests - remarkably big. The stereo image achieved with ease wide and above, behind and in front of the speakers. However: without even sacrificing a little bit on the precision of the stereo image. Vocals remain in proportion and beautiful '3D'. That's really pretty.

Timbre in the direction MB6 warm. We have almost the idea that the speaker is too great for our large room. Sometimes the very low glides by

EXTENDED REVIEW :  High-end for a 'normal' price? Raidho genes at a favorable (er) price tag? According to Michael Borresen though. We tested the top model of Scansonic: the MB6. A set of uprights for 9000 euros. (NZ$12,995/pr)
 
Big, bigger ... gigantic. That's a bit what the MB6 evokes in us. While this scan Sonics pretty slim eyes, they are still an imposing appearance. With 1.40 meters high, it is, in particular, a high-speaker. Because they are only about 17 cm wide and 40 cm deep. Weight: just under 40 Kg.

PHILOSOPHY

Enough about that, they are quite large and heavy. For it is also a plus: the presentation is big. But more on that later.
The MB series Scansonic is the top series. MB stands for Michael Borresen; the man behind the high-end brand Raidho. We recently Raidho X1 tested them and were very impressed. The purpose of Borresen is to incorporate the DNA of Raidho in the MB series, having in mind or to work with units and less exotic materials. After all, it is simply impossible for 9000 euros to supply a speaker with six ceramic Raidho units.

However: many concessions Borresen did not do. Instead of ceramic units sit on the MB6 six carbon units. And the ribbon is a sealed Kapton / aluminium unit. Less light than a real Raidho, but a lot faster and more precise than a dome according Borresen. Also on this later.

THE STRUCTURE

The Scansonic is like other uprights Raidho and Scansonic a 2.5-way system. The lower and upper working unit from 150 Hz and down (up to about 30 Hz). The middle four packs a range from 30 Hz to about 3500 Hz (1st order filter). In addition, the ribbon gets to work (filtered 2nd order). Up to 40 KHz. Neat!
 
The fact that the middle four units on a full field doing their jobs, well above the vocals, ensures that there is no distortion in the vocal range is audible. After all votes are roughly in the range from 150 to 2500 Hz. Obviously there harmonics fall outside again and also work pieces through in areas far above 2500 Hz.
 
The units are in a curved housing. It looks a bit like a wing shape: slight curve in front and a strong conclusion to the rear. Almost to a point. It is a cool design that also obviously has benefits in terms of rigidity and resonance.
 
Below the housing we find the gates. However, it is not a bass reflex system. Michael calls it a vented cabinet design. The units can 'breathe'. There is no pressure in the cabinet that there is no 'spring effect' by counter pressure from the (closed) cupboard. That has a positive effect on the rate and distortion. Who holds his hand behind the gates will also notice that there are not a lot of air flows.
 
The finish of the cabinet is fine. No large seams or rough painting. The case is matte finished with here and there a carbon look. Looks pretty futuristic and immaculate!
 
Remarkable is that the screws holding the front plate are visible and there is no grills. We play standard without front, because it sounds better. But perhaps there are people who want to cover it. For whatever reason.

THE SET UP

We have heard the MB6 on various systems. First, on a Pass Labs XP10 to stage both the Benchmark AHB2 amplifier as a Classé Sigma. There is also an Octave V110 been linked.

As sources we have switched between a NAD M50 to M51 converter and Weiss DAC2 streaming module. All cables come away from AudioQuest. 

You will immediately notice that the Scansonic MB6 immediately reveal what's right and wrong. The differences between the Classé Sigma Benchmark and Octave are simply made obvious. 

THE SOUND

The Scansonic MB6 plays - the size makes it also suggests - remarkably big. The stereo image achieved with ease wide and above, behind and in front of the speakers. However: without even sacrificing a little bit on the precision of the stereo image. Vocals remain in proportion and beautiful '3D'. That's really pretty.

 
The trick to Scansonic and Raidho the placing speakers wide and run far. That looks as crazy, but when you hear the result ... it's really amazing what it does. They just put you down - if placed  less wide and less screwed - you lose a big part of this presentation.
 
Replacing the speaker is not helpful. Forward or back does little with the broadside. Other cables do what: t. Well: who plays at this level must now and then fooling around to get the most out of the equipment.
 
We have also heard this speaker in Denmark. There was a bit more balanced, but fell somewhat fuller coat on it. Make at least for a very tight and powerful amplifier and good cables: it helps.
The middle and high is incredibly fast a pretty open. Vocals are - we guess - partly due to the ribbon as a house. Super Tight in the middle. At Classé more backward than the Benchmark AHB2. That puts the net for the speaker which provides in our opinion a little more commitment.
We feel that the speaker is in perfect balance. We do not get the idea that many colours. The low picks certainly early on and makes for a great foundation. The middle and feels high as a whole is what is important. And clever, because mixing with a ribbon dynamic units is difficult. Just ask connoisseurs.
 
CONCLUSION
The Scansonic MB6 is a good speaker. A speaker that can paint a complete picture of a recording. With full enthusiasm and a captivating sound and presentation.
 
However, there is a but. The speaker is big and there is a very powerful and controlled reinforcement needed to keep a grip on the low. In addition, cabling will have to be at high level. We have cooperated with the Pass Labs XP10 and Benchmark AHB2 had a good duo. And with the M50 / M51 and Weiss DAC2 good sources. But not as good as the Aavik we've heard in Denmark (30 000 euro). Since it was low even smoother and faster.
 
This shows where the trap a little bit about this speaker, the whole chain is critical. This is not a forgiving speaker. It is a shining pearl in the right light.