Originally Posted by wiley1st
Forgive my noobish questions, but I have one ...
Can anyone owning an A2 comment on the driver's arrangement? The picture on the TAI site looks like it's MTM but what's the orientation of the planar tweeter?
Seems like if 3 x A2's were used as your LCR, with the center horizontal, then that center speaker's tweeter would have a different soundfield dispersion orientation than the LR's.
Does this really matter? Should the C tweeter be rotated to match the LR's? Can this even be done without wrecking the speaker? Have I been reading too many articles on speakers, crossovers, amps, and wires?
The A2's are an MTM arrangement. Stock (at least mine), they come with the tweeter configured for horizontal placement (i.e. center channel duty). The tweeter can easily be rotated 90 degrees by removing 4 screws. Right now I have all three horizontal, but plan on going vertical with the LR's and rotating the tweeters.
I haven't posted any listening comments yet, but I want to go on record stating that I really enjoy these speakers. They are very dynamic, able to handle both quiet and loud passages in an effortless fashion. My favorite listening test for dynamics is Joe Walsh's Rocky Mountain Way - notably the section where he plays the guitar with a voice box. The snare on that passage has a huge dynamic range, and distortion is evident with lesser speakers. The A2's sound great here, with the snare having just the right snap, and the cymbal crashes sounding like they would from the front row of a concert.
The tweeter is a truly outstanding part. One listening test I always perform with new speakers is to play songs with subtle wind chimes (e.g. Heart's Magic Man, especially the middle section after the bass sweep). On many dome tweeter drivers, the wind chimes are barely audible, sounding like they are outside of the room. The A2's put them right there in front of you. The word I would use is "immediacy". Little details like the wind chimes I mention, the sound of fingers on a fret board, breath intakes, all are there to be enjoyed.
The best thing about using speakers with such a high quality tweeter is the enjoyment you get from older recordings. Without resorting to tipped up highs in the mastering process, you are able to hear all of the shimmer in the original performances. I've been missing this experience since I went to a 5.1 system, even though I formally used Axiom M2's which are generally thought to be "detailed" and/or "bright".
My former reference/favorite were a pair of Speakerlab S7's, which rely on fairly high quality EV compression horns for the mids and highs. Say what you want about horns, when properly implemented with high quality parts, they are capable of giving you a "being there" experience that is rare with cone/dome drivers. My personal test for this is how music sounds in the next room - with the Speakerlabs, and now with the A2's, I still hear music and details, as opposed to a muffled mish mash of sound. I'm sure you all have experienced the same at live performances when you take a bathroom break, or when you walk by the street entrance to a live venue. Dynamics and immediacy are still there ...
At their price, the Acculine A2's are a great buy, and I would highly recommend that anyone looking for good sound at a bargain price give them a try. Jon Lane and the folks at BGC have been a pleasure to deal with, and are to be congratulated on a very successful collaboration.