Originally Posted by Williams2
I agree that accurate speakers sound stunning with good recordings, and it is pretty cool to hear people shuffling and making noises around the recording studio, it gives more of the feeling of being there. But I do find myself annoyed sometimes with how bad many recordings are.
I find that a grossly inaccurate speaker setup produces the best results for the music that the wife and I listen to, which is mostly Blu-ray rock concerts. Most of them sound crap with a single pair of flat frequency response speakers, thin, lacking in bass and overly bright. The Pendragon's I use certainly overcome the lack of bass on these recordings to a large degree but as with all other speakers I've tried, still leave the sound lacking in body and overly bright.
I came across the solution quite by accident when comparing the new Pendragon's to my existing Zu Audio Omen Defs. I had them set up side by side on separate amps for quick switching. My son when he was visiting said why not run them both at once. I thought, nah, will just get comb filtering and loss of image. However I tried it and wow, what a huge full sound. Was still far too bright, but turning the treble down on the Outlaw RR2150 integrated amp that was driving the Omen Defs solved that. The Omen Defs strength is its upper bass and midrange, but its weakness is in the low to mid treble where the 10" drivers (which run without a crossover) are still producing sound. So cutting that off with the treble control of the RR2150 and letting the Penragon's treble take over is much more pleasing.
The volume and treble controls on the RR2150 (which drives the Omen Defs) are used as a mid-bass, mid-range boost, that I tailor to the source or blu-ray concert or audio disk being played. Some concerts need a large volume boost with correspondingly large treble cut, others not as much. The Pendragon's are running from the Anthem MCA 20 power amp and with no tone control. The Emotiva XSP-1 drives the MCA 20 via the balanced outputs and the RR2150 via the RCA outputs. The speaker wires on the RR2150 are reversed to keep the two sets of speakers in phase, as one of the power amps happens to be inverting.
The end result is by far the best, most realistic and full sounding experience I've heard anywhere. Just so engaging and not fatiguing at all. It's like being there. I don't think any single pair of speakers at any price can duplicate it. And I don't detect any comb filtering effects at all.