DCM Loudspeakers Marina CA

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Best Buy
390 Northridge Mall
Salinas, CA
 
Digital Home Convergence Designs
(831) 240-4494
PO Box 7060
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
Brands
Netstreams, Kaleidescape, Control4, Sunfire, All major consumer electronics brands
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Carl Gadener, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer

Best Buy
181 Curtner Ave
San Jose, CA
 
Magnolia Audio Video
(619) 358-8021
5151 Mission Center Road
San Diego, CA
Services
Home Audio

Best Buy
2015 Birch Rd
Chula Vista, CA
 
Inter@ctive Sound & Wireless
(831) 770-1671
728 E. Alisal Street
Salinas, CA
 
Kartunes auto stereo and alarm in Seaside CA
(831) 394-1700
767 Boadway Ave
Seaside, CA
Services
sales, service and installation of mobile electronics

Hood Branco Innovations, Inc.
(916) 630-1281
2541 Warren DriveSte. 300
Rocklin, CA
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
Control4, Krell, Marantz, Sherbourn, Snell, TruAudio, JL Audio, Stewart, Sim2, MIT Cables, Panasonic, Sharp, Samsung, PS Audio, Panamax, Kinetics, Salamander Designs, Sanus, Chief, Middle Atlantic, Liberty Wire & Cable, OnQ.
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Dwight Branco, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Brian Hood, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Brian Stewart, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Best Buy
255 Madonna Rd
San Luis Obispo, CA
 
B.I.S. Technologies
(661) 665-8055
2302 Trentino Ave.
Bakersfield, CA
Services
Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
Brands
TruAudio, SI Screens, EPSON, Control 4, Triad Speakers, Screen Research, Panamax, JVC, Totem Acoustic, Sherbourn, Denon, Universal Remote, NuVo Technologies, Pioneer, Sharp, JBL, Sharp, Panasonic, NEC, Toshiba, DirecTV, Wild Blue, OnQ
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Bruce Spencer, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

TFE 200 loudspeakers

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TFE 200 loudspeakers

as reviewed by Greg Ewing

 

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I really wanted to hear the latest DCM loudspeakers in the $1000 price range, as I have very fond memories of the original DCM Time Windows of the late 70s. I knew—or knew of—many people who owned Time Windows at that time. Quite a few of them took the Time Windows to their logical conclusion by buying two pairs and stacking them. Those were the days. For $690 a pair, the Time Windows were a bargain, and a cult classic.

DCM is now offering the TimeFrame Evolution line. The TFE 200s, which sell for $1000 a pair, are the top of the TFE line, and are three-way speakers with a stated efficiency of 88 dB. Each cabinet contains a 30mm cloth dome tweeter, a 6.5-inch midrange driver with a Kevlar cone, and two 6.5-inch woofers with glass-fiber cones. Right out of the box, the bass from these slim, great-looking loudspeakers was very impressive. I heard and felt such low bass, in both my small dedicated listening room and my much larger living room, that I played some test tones just to check my sanity. Lose the sub—you won't need it unless Dafos is your favorite CD. The bass produced by the TFE 200s is deep, tight, and very well integrated with the rest of the frequency spectrum. The cosmetics of the cabinetry and the quality of the drivers makes these loudspeakers very competitive at the price.

In addition to the stunning bass, the TFE 200s' midrange and highs were so revealing that it was easy to hear the differences between several inexpensive non-oversampling DACs I had been playing with. The DCMs clearly revealed the glorious midrange transparency of the DIY Paradise Monica 2 and the stunning bass of the Lite Audio DAC-AH.

A disc that showed off the TFE 200s' capabilities particularly well was the Peter Xifaras CD, Appassionáto. This recording has everything to offer the audiophile—lightning-fast transients, low bass, dynamics, clarity, and so on. The DCM designers have done a very good job of making the TFE 200 drivers sound as one. These speakers can be compared in this respect with designs in the $2000 to $4000 range, without embarrassment. As a bonus, the sound of the TFE 200s does not change with listening height. They sounded very clean even when I was standing, and I am six feet tall.

The issue of efficiency needs to be addressed. I happened to have five amplifiers on hand during my time with the DCMs, and even the low-power Sonic Impact amp drove them to reasonable levels. It began to clip during very strong bass passages, but this was only to be expected. The combination sounded incredible for the price. The TFE 200s also handled my 400-watt Behringer amp with ease. My room overloaded before the DCMs began to compress the signal.

If I had to give an "elevator pitch" on these speakers, I would say that they sound light and transparent, with stunning low bass for ...

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