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“The Scansonic is a loudspeaker with a quality of experience, honest and rich in sound, yet uncritical of placement and an elegant appearance. You can tell that its makers have invested a lot of love, musicality, knowledge and dedication. Elsewhere, it seems, prices are rising exponentially, and this is not always matched by an equal leap in quality. But Scansonic offers a hell of a lot of loudspeakers for comparatively little money, and that can really be called sensational. A very clear recommendation, outstanding!”
Enjoy the Music review:
“The Scansonic MB5 B is a very musical speaker. It can easily check all the required audiophile boxes and play softly, can play loudly, and they sounded great with any genre I played through them. A vast understatement is claiming that their sonic traits belie their price. I’d have no problem recommending them to audiophiles shopping for speakers twice their price
Conversely, $7490 might represent a considerable chunk of change for many. Calling these speakers “affordable” is relative. But the technology of these speakers has trickled down from a brand of speakers costing much, much more; they are a ridiculous bargain. They have inherited more than I expected, given the considerable price difference between the Raidho and Scansonic speakers.
I could easily fill Enjoy The Music.com’s server with praise for the Scansonic MB5 B. Many times during the audition period, I would sit back and enjoy the music (pun unintended) because I would forget that I was reviewing these speakers while listening to both old favorites and enjoying new musical finds. That’s what it’s all about.
I highly recommend the Scansonic MB5 B”
“The Scansonic MB3.5 B are not boom boxes, despite their bass affinity – but they are not ethereal sound magnifiers either. They see themselves as classic audiophile speakers in the best sense with all-round talents and one or the other highlight virtue. What does that mean? Well, they cover a wide frequency response for the size class with good linearity. However, the impulse behavior, the fine dynamics, the spatial imaging, the aforementioned low bass capability and the exemplary cleanliness of the sound image qualitatively point beyond the price range. For fans of classical music, jazz, singer-songwriter, complex electro and sophisticated recorded pop and rock, the Scansonic MB3.5 B are a clear recommendation.”
HiFi News review
“The clarity here is a major factor, but the speakers never stray into ‘too much information’ territory. Instead, they deliver a sound that’s both satisfying in hi-fi terms and musically compelling, too.
…these tall, slender speakers don’t just look fabulous: they also deliver the music – any music – with real vitality and impact. They’re detailed, refined and classy, but hit them with something rougher and harder and they’ll rise to the occasion in admirable style.”
“The ScansonicHD MB5 B is undoubtedly an exceptionally elegant appearance that enriches different styles of furnishing. In terms of placement, it proves to be completely uncritical. With adequate playing partners, the MB5 B illuminates the microcosm of a recording, is extremely agile in terms of fine dynamics and fans out a splendid spectrum of sound colours with the finest shadings. At the same time, it is able to integrate its wealth of nuances into a completely coherent, cohesive playing style that immediately involves the listener, and not only in good recordings. Moreover, her imaging is very extended, precisely staggered and extraordinarily vivid. To remain in the image of the brand name: The MB5 B delivers acoustic UHD.”
HiFi News review:
“As I have already indicated, slide these slimline floorstanders into just the right spot and their profile diminishes entirely, leaving a wonderfully unfettered and captivating musical performance. Once the MB5 Bs are on song, you’ll be hooked and listening for hours… “
“The sound is great, the focus is nicely drawn and the space you see is precise and very accurately rendered. They are also quiet and take the vital ultra-short and absolutely necessary pauses between transients for the microdynamics to live and breathe. These are loudspeakers you’ll be glad to have in your room! The little MB-1s have got good tests all round, but the MB-3.5 is not only great in treble, midrange and upper bass, but here you get quite as effective and pacey bass to boot.”
HiFi Choice review:
“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, at around £1,800 all-in and the kind of 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”
Lyd & Billede review:
“Have I heard better speakers than the Scansonic MB-1 at this price? No. Would I like a pair of MB-1? Yes. This is something you definitely need to check out if you’re in search of some really good standmount speakers where the price isn’t sky-high. You get a soundstage here that you instinctively like, and it just feels sooo right all the way through. Big applause for the MB-1!”
The ScansonicHD MB1 B grows sonically far beyond its discreet cabinet dimensions. This is certainly not HiFi, this is High End, intended for demanding listeners. Thanks to its ribbon, it delivers a fascinating resolution of the sound events with wonderful three-dimensionality. The interplay with the bass-midrange speaker is absolutely homogeneous. Added to this are its elegant design and flawless craftsmanship. Equipped with these formidable tools, the Danish manufacturer ScansonicHD can confidently face the market.