It’s important to get the name absolutely correct; it’s a Scansonic M-6 BTL, not a Scansonic M6. The problem is the company makes so many audio products sometimes names blur into one another, and while the M6 is an iDock, the M-6 BTL is a two-and-a-half way active tower loudspeaker with wired digital and aptX Bluetooth wireless audio connections.
The M-6 TTL is a slimline tower loudspeaker, for all the world like any other slimline tower at first glance, save for a little LED and an inset into the top panel of the left loudspeaker. At the rear, one speaker has a small amplifier stage built into it, while the right slaves to the left through a single speaker cable. The normal scheme with a loudspeaker of this kind of price and expectation might be to use them with a Class D amplifier design, but that’s not how Scansonic works. Instead, the master speaker sports a 2x 60W Class AB amplifier. The system also comes with a learning remote control.
Theoretically, you could use the M-6 BTL as a digital and analogue preamplifier too, as it comes with both an analogue pair of RCA phonos, plus electrical and optical S/PDIF connections. Although these might look a little odd connecting into a loudspeaker, the main goal here is probably to use the speakers with TV equipment, rather than audio electronics per se, and in that respect the rear panel is a useful addition. To some audiophiles though the next few words are a virtual declaration of war, but I suspect most music lovers will be playing through Bluetooth.
The slim, front-ported M-6 BTL has some obvious design similarities with other products in the Scansonic family, and a broad family resemblance to Raidho designs. In particular, that sealed kapton/aluminium sandwich ribbon tweeter has a lot in common with the larger versions found in some really expensive Danish loudspeakers from the same company. The pair of paper-polypropylene composite mid-bass units differ from the extremely expensive units in Raidho models, because the cost of a couple of those Raidho drivers is more than the cost of a pair of M-6 BTL.
This is the kind of product that simply wouldn’t have existed at the turn of the century, because the technology simply didn’t exist to make it work. As little as five years ago, although the technology existed, the impetus wasn’t there because audio’s old guard thought such things an abomination. Gradually, inexorably, things have changed and products like the M-6 BTL are now beginning to take their place as true ‘next gen’ audio products. We welcome the disruption such products cause, because disruptive products like this create a wider, more receptive place where audio can grow. However, that doesn’t give the Scansonic a free pass – it still has to perform as a good audio product in its own right.