Originally posted by harync
My local Phase Tech dealer told me that a V-8 would be better for a center than a V-6 on a pure sound basis, but that most people will need to get the V-6 because of space constraints. This came up when he suggested I get V-8s all around instead of V-surrounds for rear channel (all of my local dealers are very anti-Dipole).
A V-8 will sound better than a V-6 in the sense that horizontal dispersion would be better with a standard bookshelf speaker as compared to an MTM design that has been laid on it's side. So unless you are sitting directly in front of the center channel, the V-8 is going to work much better for you.
The reason that center channels are built like they are is aesthetics and space restrictions. These center channels are place on top of televisions, or there is some other space restriction that makes a bookshelf seem out of place or odd looking. You can get around some of the off axis frequency issues with a three way with a smaller midrange driver underneath the tweeter that has good off axis response (see the PC 3.1 MK II)
Originally posted by FisheadI have really enjoyed reading this thread regarding Phase Tech. I will be trying to find a local audition in the very near future. A couple of questions for all the Phase Tech owners here......Which receiver are you using? And do the V-surrounds play multi-channel music (SACD & DVD-A) well?
Thanks for all your help.
I can't help out on which receiver I'm using.... cause I don't use one
I've got the Premier Collection 3.1 MKII package being run by a Bel Canto Design PrePro/eVo6 Gen II combination (~$11K MSRP), as well as an eVo2i integrated amp ($3K MSRP) for some two channel listening. I have the Velocity V-12 package running with Adcom electronics and Carver Professional ZR series Tripath digital amplifiers....as well as a Opera Audio tube hybrid integrated amp for two channel listening. And I've swapped them around as well and tried all the other amplification choices with each model....
Originally posted by JamesCB
Where's the love for the PC Series? I see quite alot of talk about the Velocity's and Teatro's, but not much on the Premier Collection. Real high end quality and performance at a decent price. Just wondering if anyone compared the PC's to the other series, and/or other brands.
I have the 3.1 MK II's in stock right now with cherry veneer finish and previously had 9.1's. Up until these 3.1s came in, I had only seen the premier collection in black ash. So I was pleasantly surprised with how good the cherry veneer finish was.
The 3.1s are a lot better than you would expect. Phase Tech doesn't really have a following for strictly music and is seen as mostly a home theater speaker. But they are pretty darn good for music as well, depending on your tastes. I had a gentleman in for a demo of some Von Schweikerts who was extremely impressed with the phase techs. He couldn't get over how good they were and was going to bring back friends he felt they speakers would be perfect for.
The 3.1s compare very favorably to the Von Schweikert VR-1's, LCR-15s, and the Usher X-719s I have here in stock. It's a matter of personal preference. I can see how many people would actually prefer these phase techs to the others mentionned. They have a very full bass and lower midrange, go deep with authority, they image well, are very clean into the lower treble and aren't nearly as aggressive throughout as the Velocity line. The Velocity line is more forward sounding. The PCs are smoother, with a bit less bite.... The PC cabinets are far and away better than the Velocity line. More heavy duty, more bracing, much less resonant by comparison.... The Usher cabinets are the standard when it comes to overbuilding them for resonance control, but the Phase tech's do a pretty darn good job...
If I had to rank them in order of my favorite, I would pick Von Schweikert, then Usher, then Phase Tech. But I would be happy to own all three.... wait a minute... I DO own all three!!
If anyone is sitting on the fence about Phase Tech, you need to seek out your local dealer and give them a listen.... Even with $11K of electronics in front of them, they still hold their own very well.....