Greetings. I'd like to chime in. Owner of T1's since August 2016. My pair appeared to have a faulty internal amp that would result in overcooked bass and muddy sound. I barely had the gain dial on no more than 1/4 up. All I could stand. Was in a conversation with one of GE's sales rep and he stated a similar anomaly happened one other time. Thats it. So they sent me new amps.
After living with these for about 7 months now I have a pretty good feel for them. Attributes & negatives. Originally paired with a Parasound Halo Integrated but later sold it and now use a McIntosh setup. MC452. Total overkill. 'Maybe' more detail with the new amp?
T1's are punchy and detailed and clarity is unreal to my ears. I like to listen loud and only if pushed too much (450 watt amp) does it get a tad harsh. But honestly most speakers can't play that.
I love acoustic music with intimate detail and the T1's are awesome with that. They sound rich...I compared to some higher $$ B&Ws and felt they were just not as engaging. I'm sure knowing their cost played a role as I was probably expecting more.
Classical music and Symphonies sound large. I love how the sound truly feels like it's coming from a higher plane. I'm not really saying that like I want hehehe.
Rock sounds amazing as you can rip these Mothers.
Negatives. One disclaimer. I recently had an ear procedure and every high frequency since sounds super OVER detailed. Its like having someone crackle leaves in your ears!
Its getting better but whoa for awhile their I had the treble at the lowest level instead of flat. I can hear better than Dogs now....
But my hearing is now 20/20
and truthfully I need to tame this setup. To be fair its the same in my Lexus that has a Mark Levinson system.
I am in the process of auditioning a McIntosh Tube preamp. Think that may smooth things out a bit and I listen to a lot of vinyl.
I really don't feel there are too many negatives to list. I think one would be hard pressed to find a pair of speakers that do SO MUCH WELL & GREAT. Even if one didn't know these 'only' cost $5K; they sound like $10K speakers.
For true 2 channel use these are simply amazing. I'm sure the new Reference T1's will improve some areas..but how much in real world use remains to be seen.
I came from a Home Theater setup last year to these. I now have an AVR that I run with the preamp in Bypass mode.
As great as these built in subs are in the T1's; for what I had (Dual SVS subs with dual 12 inch drivers in each) towers just can't produce that tactile -couch moving LFE sound. And thats ok. Plenty of bass. All good.
Down the road I'm sure I'll return to a 7.2 setup and still keep a dedicated 2 channel room.
Oh I too have mine towed in a bit.
Very pleased. So many attributes and not enough negatives to truly mention.
Sorry for the long post. My second cup of coffee took over.