A Weekend of Listening Kitty Kats and Casitas

We finished the Casitas on Saturday morning, and set them up as shown previously next to the Kitty Kats for a weekend of listening and break-in. We were somewhat surprised at just how good the Casitas sound, despite having them in our family room for TV listening. Never before had we connected them up to a good amp and signal source. In this case we connected the Castias to our Creek 5350SE integrated amp on the speaker "A" output and the Kitty Kats on the speaker "B" output so we could directly compare.

The Kitty Kats are place within 3" of the back wall as designed. The Casitas farther out into the room

After a few minutes our initial impressions are as follows:

Kitty Kats:

  • Very clean, non fatiguing
  • More low frequency response that I thought there would be
  • Definitely have a good upper pass & midrange response
  • Sweeps show bass energy to 32 Hz
  • Sound a bit lean in overall balance
  • Top similar to HD600 Sennheiser headphones.

Casitas:

  • A little less midrange punch than Kitty Kats
  • More extended and natural bass
  • More extreme low frequencies than expected
  • Much better imagine than previously thought
  • Good non fatiguing sound
  • Sounded very good with solid imaging when playing master recordings
  • Can play loud and sound very natural

We have been a bit hesitant about the Kitty Kats as their leaner presentation seems to be too lean and a bit of a punchy midrange. We have attributed that to not being tuned and matched to the room. We definitely have more work to do to get them up to the level they need to be for recording monitors. We could not in good conscience use them for recording monitors at this point and have any expectation that the sound would translate well.

The Casitas on the other hand, would be very welcome as our living room 2-CH system. Their bass response is surprising and quite pleasant, although still a bit lean for our tastes. We could live with them for a long time.

More to follow:

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