A distinguishing element in the Swans 5.1 line is the externally mounted tweeter.
It has been our experience that this technique improves the sense of spaciousness in many musical pieces. Normally, with conventional speakers, you achieve this effect by moving the speaker out into the room away from the walls. In the real world however, this is not always possible and the top mounted tweeter helps when you have to position the speaker close to the rear wall.
The midrange is handled by a 2-inch fabric dome driver that we have found works extremely well when used with the M series woofers. It completely enclosed and is very accurate at reproducing music or the human voice.
Bass is reproduced by two 6-inch woofers. We were quite surprised at the abundance of bass these drivers were capable of. They work extremely well in this vented cabinet producing a satisfying amount of bass even when the subwoofer was turned off.
The C3 center speaker also uses the "floating tweeter". Directly below the tweeter is a compact 2-inch fabric dome midrange unit. The same midrange dome is used very successfully in our upscale models, the F1-ht and F2-ht as well as in the front speakers. The sound from this combination is exceptional. The two 6-inch woofers on either side of this array lend an authoritative tone to male voice.
The surround speakers are a work of art. Sculptured from the same low resonate MDF board used in the other cabinets, they are a dipole design and are very effective at creating a convincing surround environment.
The Swans 5.1 is finished in rosewood and piano black lacquer. The side panels of are substantially braced within and have a graceful curve running from front to back.
Seeing and hearing are an experience!