My Meadowlark Swifts

Discussion in 'Meadowlark Audio Forum' started by Audio Refugee, May 23, 2018.

  1. 41B126D9-9AD5-4675-A6FD-A03C326CCC59.jpeg It’s great to find a forum with a section dedicated to Meadowlark speakers. I’m a huge fan and love mine. These are my Swifts. I was recently able to obtain and install all NOS tweeters and drivers thanks to @Pat McGinty. They sound fantastic. Pat also shared his knowledge of this site with me. I’ve read every thread in this Meadowlark sub-forum. It’s great to see Meadowlark evolving their designs and building again. Who knows? I might upgrade at some point. Till then, I look forward to learning more about Pat’s new approach.
     
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  2. StevenZ

    StevenZ Active Member

    Welcome aboard and glad to have ya!
     
  3. Prime Minister

    Prime Minister Site Owner Staff Member

    I do wonder how they compare to my Shearwater Hot Rods. Is that a 5 inch woofer?
     
  4. Howdy, Prime Minister. Thanks for hosting such a good cool site. Yes, the drivers are 5”, or 5.5”. How do they compare to your Shearwaters? I’m guessing, based on reviews I’ve read that your Shearwaters will walk all over my Swifts acoustically, but I don’t know because the only set of Meadowlarks I’ve ever heard in my life... are mine. And, that wasn’t until they showed up on my doorstep. I bought them sight and sound unseen and unheard.

    I’d decided to try a tube amp, but a Primaluna was a bit out of budget, so after reading more reviews I snapped up a Jolida 202a. Then I began to look for complimentary speakers. Multiple reviews mentioned Klipsch Heresy, La Scala, and I think Cornwall, but they were all much too large. Then I found a review that mentioned Kestrel 2s. I loved they way they looked and began learning as much as I could about Meadowlark. Sometime later the Swifts presented themselves. They’re very similar to the Kestrel 2 I think. But, smaller, which I really liked... so I bought them.

    They seemed very musical and detailed to my ears, but not allot of bass, which is just what many reviews had said. So, I rolled a few tubes, upgraded my TT/cartridge combo, and replaced the drivers. Now they sound pretty darn good. Seem to have plenty of bass for my taste. I recall reading an opinion that the original HR Kestrel sounded better than the Kestrel 2, but I just love the athletics of the second generation. I always keep an eye out for a pair of Kestrel 2s, but after learning more... I’ve added Shearwaters to the list too.
     
  5. Holy Moly... a set of Swifts came up in Southern Cal. They are Cherry with socks, feet, and spikes. I want them so bad, but I’m not a collector or a hoarder. Can’t afford them damn it. Someone snap them up. They’re gorgeous. Meadowlark Swifts.
     
  6. This is the one that hurts. I hope people don’t think I’m a shill. I’m a fan. If I could move up I’d move up to these dang it. Shearwaters.
     
  7. Prime Minister

    Prime Minister Site Owner Staff Member

    No such thing as shilling Meadowlarks. Once you've gone Meadowlark, there's no going back!
     
  8. At one point I owned 3 pairs of Kestrels; ebony, cherry and the light ash.
     
  9. I’ve been traveling for the past three weeks. When I’ve had the opportunity I’ve popped into record and stereo shops during the journey. Invariably shops ask about my system. They always give me a courteous acknowledgment as I describe my setup... until I mention my Meadowlarks. Then they light up. This happened almost every time. Always makes me smile. :smile:
     
  10. Prime Minister

    Prime Minister Site Owner Staff Member

    I can totally see that. Now that I have my Shearwater Hot Rods, I've even stopped thinking about new speakers, let alone shopping for them. The only thing that could move me from here is perhaps Pat's new line. I just can't imagine what I could "upgrade" to.
     
  11. I’ve made a lot of changes to my system lately, so it’s a bit unclear if one or more changes made the most difference. But, these Swifts are singing like never before. I know the last tube roll helped even things out immensely; and the new phono stage has introduced so much more separation, depth and a ton more detail than I ever had before. But, I also think one of the best things going on is that the new drivers and tweeters must be breaking in as well. Thanks, @Pat McGinty for helping me with the NOS parts and for introducing me to this forum.
     
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  12. My rebuilt Swifts are breaking in nicely. I listen mostly to vinyl and the new Primare R32 has really complimented the Swifts as well. That and the Primaluna Classic amp that I slipped into the system. It's been fun learning how different components can dramatically affect the sounds that a pair of speakers can produce. I've also experimented with three pair of speaker cables as well: WireWorld Eclipse, Nordost Blue Heaven and Nordost Red Dawn. Without doubt the Red Dawns are the best with the my Swifts.

    I've also had the opportunity to switch back and forth between three pair of speakers: PSB Alpha, ProAc Tablette Anniversary and my Swifts. I swapped speaker cables and rolled tubes looking for the best combination. The PSBs are... well, they're what they are. They were great rears when I had them in a surround setup, but they can't hold a candle to the ProAcs or the Swifts. The ProAcs are a full sounding beautiful speaker. A bit deeper sounding that the Swifts. They are beautiful. At first, I described the Swifts as brighter, but I'm not so sure that's a good description. The Swifts have plenty of bass now. Lots. But, they also seem to showcase things like acoustic guitars and other string instruments in a way that is really pleasing to me. Pianos that hit sustained lower and short higher notes are so much fun to listen to on the Swifts. To me, and I know this is subjective, the Swifts seem to fill the room and give me much more of the music, the way I want to hear it. After having a chance to really compare them to speakers at the low and higher end... I really have a new appreciation for how special the Swifts are.

    It's hard to believe these were Pat's entry level speaker so many moon ago. I can only imagine what the Kestrels and Shearwaters must sound like. They really have me wondering what the Little Wings with the new room correcting DSP technology must sound like. I keep thinking that these may be my next set if I can save enough.
     
  13. Comparing the Swifts to Proac Tablettes is interesting. Back a few years when I was using the Original Kestrels as my main speakers I thought I'd do a major upgrade with a pair of Proac Response 1.5s. I bought a used pair from a guy within driving distance and let them settle in. The Proacs were a very nice looking, and sounding speaker for sure. After a few months though, I swapped the Kestrels back in to the system and heard the magic all over again and sold the Proacs shortly after. I used Kestrels as my main speaker for probably 10 years and always loved them.
     
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