Originally Posted by JohnGZ28
Congrats on the purchase!
Please post the results of the Aragon test.
Looks like it going to work out.
I have to clarify. The last time I compared the Rotel to the Aragon was when I first got the 20v3s, before I had the 570 center. The Rotel was installed in an A/V closet, driving 45' Liberty Ultra Cap 12/4 speaker cable. The Aragon was in between the speakers; hooked up to RCA to XLR converting trannys, 45' balanced cabling, and short speaker cables.
Lots of variables there, the sonics were different enough to where I didn't bother to test again when I purchased the center.
This time I skipped all the audiophool stuff, install the 8008BB in the same closet as the Rotel, and used the same Liberty cable and simple unbalanced interconnects.
We rented "The Island" for a second time last night, to test things out. When we first watched it, I had just set up the Studio 20s, and the constant bass drumming in the soundtrack made the improperly set up 20s boom their butts off!
This time the bass was tight and accurate, although I still had to turn the sub down a touch. The chase scenes and helicopter fly byes sounded fine transitioning between the L/C/Rs using the two different amps.
The Aragon doesn't have the same treble roll off as the Rotel, so I set the 60s further back from the center and adjusted the time delay on the receiver. This seems to help quite a bit. And if the 60s break in like my old 20s did, the tweeters will smooth out even more.
Edit 7/17: Well I switched it back to all speakers on the Rotel
. Due to years of dealing with miss-matched speakers on miss-matched amps, I started to hear the same problems with the Aragon/Rotel combination, mainly uneven sound levels and dynamics, probably due to a miss-match of sensitivity ratings of the two amps. Guess I will be able to use the Aragon on my IB system after all...