Originally Posted by hikarate
Wow those are unreal looking.
Originally Posted by chiro14
Like I said before....those are absolutely stunning! Those 4ohms must sound great on the pass labs. Money well spent. You will have those for a very long time.
Thanks, chiro14... They do sound good with the Pass amp, clean and detailed.
Originally Posted by hometheatergeek
Those are some handsome speakers you got there. I bet since you have not posted in 5 days, I know what you are doing instead of posting. Any new discoveries you have uncovered with the new speakers compared to the older speakers you had before?
I'm back!! Thanks HTG! LOL, yeah, I connected them to the receiver (to save my preamp's tubes) and let them burn in for about 100 hours, a bit more than I originally intended.
Right now I have the MA's and the SF's side by side, and I've been swapping cables to compare them. (This takes time though!!) I have to take back my original statement where I said the SF's were not as "fast" as the MA's. The short 2-3 hours that I had the demo pair were not enough and the comparisons were not made based on the same songs - I wanted to get a general idea as to how they would sound in my room with my gear. Now that I could switch back and forth without any rush I can safely say that the SF's can handle any music style you throw at them - yes, including the distorted sound of Marilyn Manson!
My biggest surprise though is how accurately they can reproduce classical music. We have Vladimir Ashkenazy interpreting most of the big composers, and although we liked the way it sounded, we were never thrilled. Now, it's a pleasure to listen to: natural, detailed and more forward/involving/captivating, like you're sitting closer to that piano.
I am still liking that midrange, which is why I decided to get them.
Also, they are a bit more focused and tight, especially with voice - I can place the singer more accurately and easier on the stage.
They are more sensitive to toe-in, where the MA's only care about the spacing between them.
Last night I watched the first movie ("Faster" in DTS MasterHD) with them in place. Did not know how it's going to go but they held up really well, I even forgot to pay attention to them after a while. I don't know if this is a good thing or not, but during songs in the movie, the singer's voice was in the middle of the stage, so I got up a few times to see if the voice was coming out of the center channel. No, but the center was active. I thought that with movie tracks the voice would be matrixed to the center, but apparently I am wrong...
Originally Posted by hifisponge
That's one good looking in room FR! And the speakers look great too!
What distance did you take that measurement at? The high treble looks to be on the hot side if the measure was taken at 8+ feet. Which could either sound a bit bright, or it could just add more detail to the presentation. I find with a well behaved soft dome like the Scan Speak that SF uses, more than likely it is the later.
What sort of bass extension do you get out of Auditors sans sub?
I measured at 8 to 9 feet. You are right, it is more detail - not brightness that I can hear. In fact, up until I ran side by side tests against the MA's, I could swear that the tweeters on the MA's were crisper. Well, after close comparisons, I found the tweets on the SF's to be just as detailed, but smoother (if this makes any sense...). Very pleasant sounding.
Making a judgment on the bass was the hardest part!
If only all the recordings would be done in a standard, good quality manner! It sucks with certain recordings, but with some it's surprisingly tight - I'm guessing at above 60Hz. I know that none of the pro reviewers liked it, but a single 6" driver can only do so much.
The Sonus-certified rep will stop by to position them as per factory specs. I am really curious to see how he'll do it differently... If I get punked I'll come out and admit it!
Tim, did you receive your Halide yet??