Cinema M6 Speaker System
Performance
Build Quality
Value

SUB 1X12 Subwoofer
Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value

PRICE $5,494 as reviewed


AT A GLANCE

Plus

Very dynamically capable, with high power handling, high output
Solidly integrated front stage
Impressive subwoofer
output and extension
Flexible “tripole” surround speakers

Minus

Slightly forward tonal balance (but perfect for behind-screen placement)
Pricey


THE VERDICT

Reference performance for movie playback, from some unusual speaker designs.


Complete the sentence with the most appropriate choice: “Yah, I sure do love those Swedish…”


A) meatballs.

B) supermodels.

C) interior designs.

D) loudspeakers.


If you chose D), congratulations, you’re a winner! Because while Swedish loudspeakers may not be a household word, or available at IKEAs everywhere (yet), the examples before us here just might be a winner in your home theater.


XTZ defines itself as much pan-Scandinavian as Swedish per se, but the company’s home base is in the blue-with-yellow-cross zone. The speakers themselves, like so many others today, are made in China, though XTZ points out that they employ high-quality drivers from fellow Scandinavian manufacturers such as SEAS and Scan-Speak, and the drivers are housed in unusually heavy, non-resonant cabinets. (XTZ offers a wide range of other speakers, as well as Dirac DSP and measurement systems, on its Website.)