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MODIA
(512) 451-6000
8209 Burnet Road
Austin, TX
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

Audio Video Designs
(512) 306-9995
5758 Balcones Dr.Ste. 101
Austin, TX
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
McIntosh, JL Audio, Sonus Faber, Creston, Lutron, SpeakerCraft, Sony, Pioneer Elite, Denon, Niles, Marin Logan, Revel, Vienna Acoustics, REL, Kaleidescape, Stewart, Boston Acoustics, Lexicon, Panamax, and Audioquest
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Jonathan Carbonaro, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Darel Dobbs, CEDIA Certified Professional Installer I- Justin Hendrickson, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Best Buy
1201 Barbara Jordan Blvd
Austin, TX
 
Best Buy
(512) 989-1625
12901 N I H 35
Austin, TX
 
Best Buy
9607 Research Blvd
Austin, TX
 
Integrity Home Systems
(512) 374-9190
7801 N. LamarSte. F-40
Austin, TX
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Controls
Brands
RBH Sound Draper Elan Home Systems Denon Parasound HAI Vantage Controls Pioneer Elite Auralex Acoustics JSP Industries Salient Systems Sunfire HomeLogic Sim2
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Chad Ward, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Audio Video Designs
(512) 306-9995
5758 Balcones DriveSuite 101
Austin, TX
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation, Appointment Only

Austin Home Systems
(512) 293-3179
6800 Westgate Blvd.Ste. 132-46
Austin, TX
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
Brands
Meridian, Savant AV, Totem HAI, LifeWare, TruAudio, Denon, Onkyo, Polk Audio, Nuvo, Avocation, FatCat, Samsung, Sony, JVC, Sharp, Panasonic, Philips, inFocus, Mitsubishi
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Lucas Libbon, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Custom Electronics, Inc.
(512) 454-8824
2112 Rutland DriveSte. 160
Austin, TX
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access
Brands
Elan, Klipsch, Sony, Yamaha, GE, Dirt Devil, HAI
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Nolan Corgill, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- James Pratt, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Fry\'s Electronics-Austin
(512) 733-7000
12707 North Mo Pac Expwy
Austin, TX
 

Swift

POSITIVE FEEDBACK ONLINE - ISSUE 7

meadowlark audio

Swift loudspeakers

as reviewed by Larry Cox and Jim Grudzien

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one.jpg (6551 bytes)Being an audiophile means that you obsess, wonder, and worry that there's something missing in the sound of your system, and that if you find that one precious thing, all will be well in your audio and musical life. The antidote is easy—throw money at the problem and continue as before, hoping to find the component that will satisfy you forever. Occasionally you think you've found it, but realize you were incorrect and get back on the treadmill, spending more money, thinking you've got it right, realizing you were wrong, and so on. There is no resolution in this model, but how many audiophiles do you know who are eager, if not anxious, to hear the next great component? It seems to be part of audiophilia, especially among reviewers, but what if you are not an audiophile, and don't want to get on the treadmill? You see audiophiles spending tons of money, and sheepishly saying that this is what you need to do to get good sound. For those not ready to throw money at their dissatisfaction, the advice seems crazy.

The good news for people looking to jump in is that, while there is still a deep end to swim in, there are also lots of toys in the "shallow" end that are pretty great. After splashing around for a little while, you can get out, dry off, and move on to something else. In other words, there are many inexpensive, good sounding speakers these days, even though they don't all sound alike. Here's where you are likely to find that your dilemma lies—do you go for detail and tonal accuracy without undue brightness, but settle for a slightly lightweight sound, or do you go for a speaker with more bass and a decent tonal balance, but which has less detail? You also have to choose the speakers that work best in your room. This brings me to the $995 Meadowlark Swifts.

The Swifts are Meadowlark Audio's entry-level floorstanding speakers. They are well built, easy on the eyes, and easy to drive. The Swifts are about 35 inches tall, and slightly tilted back, and have a very solid feel despite their relatively light weight. They present a simple face to the listener, with a small rectangular port at the base of the speaker for the transmission line. Meadowlark delivers the speakers with cute and functional stands that look like bird's feet. The Swifts feature first-order crossovers, and are quite efficient. They play loud easily and quickly, and with grace. My initial impression was of a slightly lean sound with relatively little bass, though it should be taken into account that I'm listening in a fairly large—26 by 20 foot—room, with an average ceiling height of eleven feet. It takes a lot of sound to fill this room, and the Swifts, like many many speakers I've previously listened to and loved, were a bit too small for the job. In my back bedroom, they were ...

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