Bantering, bickering, bashing, blaspheming, bragging, whats not to love about a GTG thread
? Man, if ever there was a huge incentive to post thoughts about a speaker comparison this has got to be it
I would like to thank our gracious host Terry for letting all of us enjoy this awesome event in his gorgeous home, and to Nuance for organizing the GTG. It was cool to converse with the other attendees, folks are so much more polite, and thoughtful when face to face!
Never, as when we all listened to the same thing, and heard things differently, has the advice to audition in your own space, with your own ears, been more positively verified. As mentioned previously this was a group of very capable speakers, so there was probaly more similarity between them than differences.
In the end, I was happy to go home and listen to my own system with which I'm immensely pleased, and have had no regrets, or wishes to upgrade. If my system was in a room the size of this GTG, I might have felt differently.
I will say, if I were building a dedicated theater in a large room, the Seatons definitely provided the sound one might expect in a real theater, and would be my first choice for that application. I thought they were quite impressive, and even did pretty well with the music tracks.
Terry's Salks were also quite impressive, and were a good match to his room. They were the first full range tower speakers capable of providing sufficient bass in his room without a sub IMHO.
The Ascends, and the Song Towers just didn't have the driver area to fill that large of a space at the required volume levels.
The Phils were the first speakers played, and as I was unfamiliar with most of the music tracks, I didn't have a good reference for what I thought they should sound like. On the orchestral track "Red Rain", they reproduced a french horn, and a tympani very convincingly, as well as any I heard subsequently IMHO. I was not in the sweet spot for these speakers, and didn't pay enough attention to the vocals to comment on those. I suppose, in retrospect, it would have been nice to hear them again at the end so as to get a better idea of how they compared with the others.