Originally Posted by stephen_bj
Hi I am about to purchase a Steinway model S surround system. Was very happy with my Meridian 861, Klipsche Ultra IIs and 9Bsst in a 5.1 setup. I have always been a Klipsche fan, not as much nowadays though. Anyways, my installation guy told me these SL systems are the new generation of speakers both in stereo and HT. And since I was moving I am about to buy the whole system... already gave him some down payment. I mean I don't post much here, but I have been reading from this site since the early Oppo days (10 years ago? can't remember) So is this Steinway and Lyndoff thing a marketing play? Cause I am footing a lot of bills for the system. Since I live in Asia, no one can really afford the space to build a proper HT room, so this room correction thing and all digital tech got me on board. I have tested them and thought they were way too loud, but loud doesn't mean good right? Can some fellow brother help me out here, there is still a small chance I can limit my lost to only a stereo setup. Thanks.
First, I must say that, if you are seriously considering the S-L Model S system, you owe it to yourself to find an in-person audition of these speakers BEFORE you make the commitment to buy them. I have heard them twice; both times at audio shows, and I thought both times they were good, but not *great*. Having said that, I was not aware of the price of the system before I heard them. In retrospect, I think I would have been incredulous at the price, based on the sound I heard.
Second, I would not place any credibility on the "unbiased" reviews of the original poster of this thread. This guy made a completely unwarranted negative review of the Triad Platinums, only to have it later revealed that the Platinums he'd heard had been heavily modified from their factory state. They were being run in a bi-amplified configuration. The only way to bi-amp Triad Paltinums is to bypass their internal crossovers with external crossovers/amplification. It should be blatantly obvious that any time you bypass the internal factory crossovers, you inherently alter the "sound" of the speakers from their "factory" condition. To then review them as if they represent the speakers as made by the manufacturer is, to say the least, disingenuous.
In addition, he also made some ridiculously negative reviews of other speakers systems that are universally hailed as excellent, further undermining his own credibility, and his opinions as a reviewer.
Third, I am confused by this:
Since I live in Asia, no one can really afford the space to build a proper HT room, so this room correction thing and all digital tech got me on board. I have tested them
and thought they were way too loud, but loud doesn't mean good right?
Can some fellow brother help me out here, there is still a small chance I can limit my lost to only a stereo setup. Thanks.
What have you "tested"? Room Correction, (RC), systems, or the S-L S System? If you've tested RC systems, and found them to be "too loud," that is a problem with the RC system implementation. No RC system should have an impact on the "loudness" of the system. RC systems should only correct the frequency and/or time domain response of the system in the room. It should have no affect whatsoever on the "loudness" of the system, except that it will make some frequencies louder or softer with respect to the entire frequency spectrum. Still, the overall loudness should remain the same after RC.