Originally Posted by Rex Anderson
So the passive, devoid of any compression driver Revels beryllium domed tweeter floorstander columns
won by a factor over the M2 4 to 1. May John sell a gazillion Revel salons he deserves it. The M2 has been adequately assessed for what it is the best horn speaker. I have been saying the entire west coast speaker world suffers from in breeding, studios using horns, ex thx alumni knowing nothing but horns promoting horns, Meyers, JBL, Qsc considered as the only solution for high SPL Playback.
My seminal experience flying in from a 30 speaker quested into the atmos gravity premiere in burbank Dolby office where i dove head first into learning everything i could and experimenting with ATMOS had these horribly grating fatiguing horns, the epiphany was: what if the fatigue free quested sound i just had heard at ref plus who knows what (with 135 decibel peaks and no ear damage- it felt like I had a 2 week long massage in fact). I knew then and there that tight personal envelopment around your head atmos done with ribbons would be the way of the future. Last Cinemacon Adam and Brian G witnessed how i described the Burbank room as the most enveloping around your head and through the torso room in the world, but that it was horribly fatiguing to the head of cinema atmos, he disavowed the harshness part, he is THX alumni ( i think tom holman was getting kickbacks from jbl or something i swear) i also asked him what were you thinking for leaving the widths out of the DSU. But that was before his time. Andrew now head of DOLBY Cinema Products worldwide has acknowledged in a testimonial that at my insistence the Alcons c-series b chain profiles were included in the theater designer programs dark file for atmos designers to drag and drop. Last cinemacon when i was insisting on that he did acknowledge to me that ALCONS is the very best brand of b-chain for cinemas, Im just not supposed to quote, Dolby is experimenting with Ribbons in their cinema systems too, the system sounded great in 2015 at the Vegas DC but a year later it became a bit sibilant so Dolby in fact no other company can come up to alcons for performance and longevity of a system installed, they have 8 year old systems sounding the same as the day they were commissioned in europe. Now the fact that they may be the cinema sound system is of no guarantee that the cinema line translates well into the home. Only selected speakers do that in the line. Which I will expand on tonight.
For my limited budget i can't say enough of my dynaudio setup except that they do not play well above reference levels, otherwise it is the best I've heard. Although I am missing 6 channels and those are not center and sub, cause i am selfish bastard .
The quested also sound like Dynaudio on steroids but their controlled directivity window of 60 degrees creates the need for more speakers in the bed and top channels ( Zky excepted), the problem with quested is the need for multi amplification, they need to improve their passive crossover offerings. I hit a total of 108 amplifier channels in the original Naiad design, Driven by the brexit deal purchasing advantage I did not (to my fault) question the practicalities of optimizing such a ridiculous channel count and the commissioning and servicing responsibilities that such off the top system would entail, time transpired and then i re-heard the crms based alcons at Infocomm.
At CEDIA 2015 the Barco thor demo that Gary Reber said was the best in his career as a reviewer was using the crms fed digitally by a datasat. The room had no ceiling, I could not get the system past reference plus 6, it was glorious then but i felt an extra 2 or 3 decibel would be the holy grail. The came Murats Hyperion and walter reported he had never heard or measured a system /room better than that, so i did specified for CEDIA 16 that a miniature 22 channel version of hyperion be laid out. I also wanted to ..tbc
Read article 2 to see my multimillion dollar journey to cedia 2015 .
So as you see I don't wan't to say I am always right but in a transparent world ...tbc
Time to make the American Audio Industry great again by cutting the umbilical to horns.