Originally Posted by jdlynch
Has anyone done an A/B comparison of the Philharmonic with Aerial Acoustics? I am curious how either of the Philharmonic's stack up against the Aerial CC5 for center channel performance.
The Aerial's generally have a laid back quality to them, while Dennis' Phil's will be extremely neutral, much like Salk speakers.
Originally Posted by Sweetmeat
Too bad I just found this thread today, but at least I have 30 days to return the speakers I bought last night.
The ones I bought are Bowers & Wilkins CM9GB for $2,000/pair. I didn't listen to anything else besides Definitive Technology BP8040-ST's.
I bought the B&W because they were discounted so much. Did I make the right decision?
On a different note, I've never had nice/expensive speakers before. Lately I've used monoprice 12 gauge speaker wire.
Now that I have what I think are good speakers, I'd like to know if anyone has experience with hearing an improvement when switching from a monoprice or similar wire to a more expensive wire.
Thanks in advance for your help!
The Phil's and Salk's will destroy the B&W's, but that's just my opinion.
Originally Posted by FOH
JTR Triple 8
, three across the front places you at $3,300, buy a Seaton SubMersive
, now you're at $5,300 and you'll enter the world of properly scaled dynamics for both music and HT.
The Salks are truly superb, however primarily for music. I'd not rely on them for HT. Once one encounters dynamic contrasts, and transients that aren't blunted or muted from typical hifi speakers, their reference for what's possible realistically changes.
btw, JTR's Captivator is quite the product as well. Mated with an EP4000, it's quite the combo.
Yup yup - the Salk's will be great for music; better than the JTR's IMO. For HT, the JTR's will be better. It really depends on what you're wanting to achieve. At 50/50 I'd still recommend the Salk's unless the room is huge or you like to watch movies at reference level.
Originally Posted by FOH
Speakers for music, may not be best for HT, however good HT speakers are good for both music and HT.
I completely disagree, but we've been down this road before. Your statement is an opinion sir, and one I've found to be the complete opposite of my findings.
Opinions are opinions, not facts. I've never heard a speaker designed for primarily HT best a speaker for music that is geared toward music (Salk, Revel, Dynaudio, Vandersteen, etc). Dynamics is important for HT, but that is just one small factor that goes into the design of a great speaker. All speakers have trade-offs (yes, ALL of them), and you simply need to find which you're willing to live with.
I see a lot of people pushing the Submersive, and while it's a good commercial subwoofer, it doesn't touch a custom built box with a single LMS5400; measurements are proof, and in my opinion
it sounds much better too.
So, if you want loud and impact, go with JTR and dual LMS5400's. If you want draw dropping musical reproduction and watch movies at a reasonable level, go with Salk, Revel, Dynaudio, Evolution Acoustics, Acoustic Zen, etc, and still choose the dual LMS5400's. Either combo will be amazing, but neither combo will be the absolute best scenario for both movies and music; I doubt any single choice would be. Although, I've been told by a few AVS regulars that Geddes stuff is incredible for both; I've just never heard them so I cannot vouch for that. Still, I'd recommend taking a look at them.