Originally Posted by jdlynch
I wonder if my Aerial Acoustics LR5 speakers are in the SDEC 4500 's data-base? I sat through Todd Packer's demonstration of the unit at CEDIA yesterday and was quite impressed with the user interface. They used a complete Synthesis system including their speakers.
He gave me a one on one software demo, and suggested I get a ticket and take in the full demo at the Westin. So, a bit later at my appointed time, I went on over to the Westin for the full blown Harman system demonstration, I felt it was decent, however nothing more. I sat front center, right where the individual that tuned the system (Todd Packer) told me to sit.
I took notes regarding all the demos I attended. The Harman demo had impressive visual capability
, even showing The Lorax in 3D. But the audio side of things which is the focus, wasn't all that impressive on it's own merit. Compared to the other demos I listened to over the three day period at Cedia, it really was merely mid-pack.
My exact notes;Dry, not sweet enough, not immersive, good midbass impact, just not sweet enough, no deep bass
. To translate, at my recommended seat, there lacked adequate energy in the HF. Additionally, there was no immersive characteristic whatsoever. Midbass was ok, however there wasn't any deep bass and insufficient bass quality. This, I didn't expect. Harman's Kevin Voecks was there, I overheard him discussing the demo as I took pics after everyone had left the room. I expected more, ... with all the Mark Levinson power amps (system was $270,000 just speakers and amps), and the optimized use of their best room software, ...I don't know if it got better, or what. I intended to re-visit the demo to confirm my take on things, I was enjoying other much more enjoyable systems.
They used the Atlas LCRs, four vented single 18s, ...one in each corner, and their small column arrays for surrounds.
They were proud of it. I heard much, much better upstairs in the XTX room. I'll detail that for anyone interested.
I'll round up my pics if anyone's interested.