Originally Posted by Utopianemo
Mark, regarding this comprehensive Emotiva setup, have you changed any of the components out with other products to compare individual elements with others?
I'm asking because it seems that having a completely new and unique system to review must make it more difficult to see what each element adds to the overall sound.
That said, I'm really eager to hear your comments on the whole system. I've been ambivalent about Emotiva's avr/processors in the past, for various reasons. Their amps have always been well-regarded, but it seems that everything they're doing is on the cutting edge of the cost
erformance ratio, with decided emphasis on performance.
I ran the speakers with my Denon X4300H AVR before making the switch, even used them with Atmos and all that. IMO the speakers are amazing. It took me a awhile to get over the pricing and realize I could not pick out any shortcomings versus setups that cost double or more. I also used them with a high-end StormAudio i.isp integrated unit and again, performance was transparent. The StormAudio sounded best though, IMO, thanks to the fact it uses Dirac.
To me, what matters is if the system as a whole delivers the experience I seek, be it impactful music with great imaging, or movies that sound and feel "real." There's a lot of correlation to good measurements, setup, use of EQ/room correction, and other sound principles, that lead to a good result.
Anyhow, long story short is the main thing worth swapping is speakers, and unless you have a turntable like the one Harman used for its tests, there's a whole mess of issues with individual gear-swap subjective comparisons. And that's before getting into the fact that systems should be individually EQ'd and calibrated and that the room is always interacting with speakers so that what I observe may not be valid for someone else's use/needs.
I think much of what is written by professional reviewers who do that sort of thing (swap USB cables and hear a difference... are you kidding?) is wishful thinking. That, as they say, is "in my opinion." Swapping speakers & subs, that's where you hear real differences.
Anyhow, I don't have to perform a gear swap to know that the BasX system has more juice on tap than many midrange AVRs with all channels driven, it's in the specs. Not a huge difference, mind you, but the T1s are low sensitivity speakers and a 4 ohm load so they do demand a good amp if you push 'em. Aside from power, the biggest difference between the electronics is in terms of the room correction itself, and (more tangentially) whether the system supports 3D immersive audio.