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Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Indianapolis, IN.
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When BB was closing out Athena's for 50% off a couple of years ago.... there was a groundswell of folks around here flocking to Athena in DROVES to gobble them up. I ventured to BB to see what all the hub-bub was about. Well, now this is IMHO mind you.... either the folks raving about them were coming from little plastic HTIB speakers, or were totally tone deaf.
They were very bright and "tizzy" up top, had no mid range warmth or presence at all, but they DID have bass. Big BOOMING bass that was wonderful at going thump, thump, thump all day long but was about as tuneful as a deaf bloodhound howling at the moon. Again, IMHO.... they got a lot of "boxes" for the money, but NOT high end sound quality.
With "X" stuff from AV123.... you're getting furniture grade cabinets producing sound that has already garnered TONS of "product of the year awards" from various venues. They've also been VERY well reviewed both professionally and by owners. I've heard the entire lines of both products. And, to me.... it wouldn't even be close.
But, what I hear (nor the others on an open forum really) and think shouldn't matter didly squat to you. What REALLY matters is what sound YOU prefer in your room on your gear. The ONLY way to do that, is actually audition them side by side for yourself. Like the above poster mentioned, audition a pair of the bookshelfs first to see and hear the differences between the two.