Originally Posted by nenito2k
@drfreeman, thanx man..you knowledge is scary !
1. Primary is headroom, how loud the device can play without distortion...
2. Second is dynamic range. The difference between the quietest and loudest passages...
3. Finally, rise time. This is how quickly a speaker reacts to its input...
you really like the sony CT's; does this bar meet all the above requirements or only some? what about the JVC vs CT regarding the rise time?
thanx again in advance
I do like the Sony CT's. The new Sony's overall seem to have all of the headroom I could ask for. Speed of the woofer is not outstanding, but as I have mentioned, I have only encountered a small number of woofers at any price that have made me sit up and say wow. The JVC is the only inexpensive item to ever get this reaction out of me. In many ways, I feel that the Sony has possibly a little better balance between the woofer and soundbar than the JVC which is a plus in the Sony's favor.
I am not the guy who goes after gee-whiz, wow sound. No booming woofers or shreiking tweeters. I want things to either sound real, like when listening to music, or give the same sonic signature as what I remember from a movie experience. Since sonic memory is very faulty, I will admit that my perceptions could be wrong on any given day. And as far as music, the Sony handles almost any content that I could throw at it better than the JVC. JVC left a 60hz whole in their frequency response between the woofer's high frequency cut-off and the soundbar's low-frequency cut-off. Dumb design. However, the JVC is still my preference.
I am still looking forward to having a chance to hear and play with the Yamaha 2200 in a home environment as I think this, on paper anyway, appears to be the best Yamaha design yet. Unless I read a review from an extremely trusted source saying this bar is clearly superior to the competition, I am hesitant to fork over the necessary cash to obtain one.
I am also still very interested in the Asperion Slim Stage. Depending on circumstances, this may be on my purchase list for 2011. First, I have to build a custom cabinet for a larger TV, then maybe buy the larger TV. I purchased a 50" plasma in 2009, but it shrunk on me. I didn't allow for shrinkage in my purchase. 50" is the largest that will fit into my current custom cabinet, so I guess I need a good cabinet maker. The new cabinet will also incorporate a larger area for sound.
I will keep you posted in the third or fourth quarter as to which way I go and if there is money left over for a slighly higher end bar when the work is done.