You're right Nuance, I haven't heard either of these speakers and it's likely that I won't have a chance to, as I live in the middle of nowhere right now. No dealers within less than six hours. Only chance of hearing them is from another owner--guess I'll give that a shot over at the av123 forums. Also, I've been reading your "search for perfect speaker" and "search for amp" threads for quite a few months and was seriously considering the Song Towers, but decided I wanted something that would go just a bit lower. I've taken a lot of my setup ideas from what you guys have been discussing, since you're kind of going for the same type of setup (2 chan with ht integrated) I'm still confused on the A5 setup with the ht bypass though. I have to run hdmi through the receiver first because almost all of my source sound will be coming from the hdmi of the ps3. The A5 doesn't have hdmi input, so I can't take the 805 completely out of the loop for my dedicated 2 channel setup. I will have to use the pre outs on the 805 to connect up to the A5 correct? I was thinking that the ht bypass meant that the pre outs from the 805 would bypass the preamp section of the A5, in effect making the 805 the preamp? Is this how it works? If I'm wrong can you break it down for me?
ClarkeBar, you're right, the minis are definitely a great value, both sonically and aesthetically. It's almost like the minis are too good to be true at that price. I mean it has the goodies of a speaker double that price or more. And althought the look great in the pics and probably much better in person, the minis don't match either my furniture (dark walnut veneer) or my existing speakers (inifity beta series, 4 beta 50 towers, c360 center, 2 beta 20's in black ash), but I'm thinking that could be a good thing cause they will stand out...i don't know, sigh
If I were single, I wouldn't care, but I have the spousal acceptance factor to think about. I may be changing the room setup to allow more room from the wall for the speakers. Does the front port on the Adagios make for better close-to-wall placement? Or does it not matter and it also needs to be just as far away as rear ported?
I'm trying to find some info through Zen Acoustics on the seller of the Adagios to make sure it's legit. If it is legit by their word then that will make this decision hard. I read a very informative q&a session with a mag reviewer and Robert Lee (Zen Acoustics owner), and Mr. Lee objectively broke down the speaker performance and design to a level that I rarely find anywhere else. The design of these speakers seems to make a lot of sense.