Went to Best Buy to check these out, but the setup(s) were far from ideal. Speakers were on metallic shelves, the receivers' settings were probably off (dear God did I want to drown a kitten everytime a deadly dose of sibilance was emitted from a certain pair of Klipschs, paired to some HK), and the music playing was far from my ideal
for testing (mainstream hip hop, which is all boom and shizzle... the lyrics are a different story altogether, but let's not get into that please, heh... ).
The HD45s, HD4s, and HDC were connected to a Pio.
The only time the center and bookshelves could be heard is if upmixing was enabled, which obviously isn't a good indicator to test their qualities. I was really curious to test the center's off-axis dispersion capabilities, too....
The towers, on the other hand, must've been wired out
of phase. When standing back, and squatting to get tweeters to ear level, all songs played seemed to lack proper stereo imaging - almost mono-esque. I didn't wanna bother fiddling with the wiring, so I simply called the audition (if you can call it that, hah!) off at that point.
All was not lost, however. What took me by surprise, especially in comparison to the much pricier Klipschs, JBLs, and Infinities, were the towers'/ center's build quality. Specifically, the knock testing.
While I'm sure that cabinet resonance isn't the end-all of sound quality, I like to use it as a quick measure of things. The new JBLs sounded most hollow, followed by the Klipschs.
The PA towers, however, had a few semi-hollow spots; as I worked my way down, I could tell there was some form of bracing a few inches apart.
The binding posts looked a little cheap, but whatever. As long as the wires stay in place, that's fine by me. VERY curious to open one up and view the crossover(s), I'll admit.
Hopefully I'll find a Best Buy with a proper setup for these guys, one day. Could these very well be Canada's version of the "giant-killers", ala Andrew Jones' new Pio line? *shrug*
On another note, it looks like PA's sister company, Sinclair Audio
, is starting to gain some published recognition.