Originally Posted by Billy p
Hey Guys...I had just had a wonderful time with another member who came by today to demo my Sierras. As a matter of fact he stopped by a local HiFi shop and auditioned some Psb Synchrony One B...to use as a barometer...for his visit.....other recent auditions include the Focal Aria 906 & 807v, MA and Def Tech to name a few. I know the S2's are on his radar(so are the psb) and he has already talked with Dave and awaiting a reply. He never heard a ribbon or for that matter the RAAL and within a very short time he was able to discern its likely the best tweeter he has experienced...he really like the One B but he preferred RAAL in the STC....he is now actually thinking about going with the RAAL Horizon across the front....he enjoyed the Towers with the NrT but in his words the Horizon is the best speaker he has heard to date...I agree, with him... the RAAL it's so realistic and lifelike it must be heard to be fully understood.
Anyhow...I just thought I'd chime in to complete an earlier post...I don't know if he'll post his experiences here on AVS...in a current thread he has started. I welcomed him to post his thoughts about today. I don't want to start paraphrasing what he said...he can better describe what he heard....if inclined..
Btw...he really liked the subs too....never experienced <30hz LFE before...I was more than glad to help out in that area as well....
I am that member who enjoyed a fine afternoon today in Billy's audio playground. What a gracious host. Spared no effort and courtesy to make me feel like I was sitting in my own living room (except surrounded by far better equipment).
Indeed Billy has paraphrased my thoughts accurately with the exception that I also auditioned the Paradigm Studio 20 v5 and PSB Imagine B offerings today. I'm not sure if anyone in this thread is really that interested in hearing about my specific observations on the various speakers, as it will merely amount to yet another opinion by someone who may have an altogether different set of ears. However, what may be most relevant to this thread is that to these ears, the 70 20 Raal fitted Horizon represented an exceptional experience surpassing all other speakers I've yet auditioned. Some by a wide margin.
I'm very sensitive to midrange coloration from speakers. Particularly those caused by cabinet resonance at certain frequencies. Anomalies created by improperly crossed driver frequencies resulting in 'bump's and other unnatural 'additives' to the sound for the purpose of getting around design/component limitations, are other characteristics I can usually detect. Of course, it goes without saying that harsh tweeters and bloaty woofers are more obviously discerned and as far as I'm concerned, unilaterally discarded as possible buying options.
The Raal Horizion without doubt is devoid of such imperfections, at least to my ears. The cabinet construction is among the most robust, inert, effectively designed units I've yet encountered and the crossover wizardry seems to be spot on for that cabinet. For my benefit, Billy was kind enough to put his NrT towers and Horizon (Raal) through a series of AB tests using multiple source materials and I believe the comparisons were quite revealing as to the characteristics of each. While personal tastes in this regard can certainly vary, Billy made a valid case for the STC holding the advantage for music while the towers, due to their perceived slightly more dynamic character, held the advantage for HT. Personally, I preferred the Horizon for both functions but the distinctions here are more subtle than dramatic. Besides, for my application, towers are out due to space restraints. The Raal Horizon was to my ears extremely clear, realistic, flat, detailed, uncolored, dynamic and non-fatiguing.
One thing became clear to me...that it would represent a travesty should anyone regard a Raal-equipped Horizon as 'merely' a center speaker for clear speech. It is much more than that. I'm currently rethinking my initial urge to simply order 3 of the new S2's for the front stage; perhaps 3 x Raal Horizons would work better for me. But we are certainly talking a major increase in price here as between the two choices so I'm still on the fence.
I tip my hat to David. His first class designs and considerable efforts appear to have manifested in truly outstanding products.
I would indeed be interested in learning more about a 3-S2 front stage vs. a 3-Raal Horizon setup and the differences as between the two that one may expect. Where Raal's are concerned...does size really matter?
Oh and thanks for the sub-30hz experience too Billy, my pant legs have finally stopped moving.