I traveled to Sweetwater
this past weekend to spend some time checking out audio gear etc. Once a year they put on GearFest, whereby mfr reps and sales staff display their wares and have some fun.
I really wanted to check out loudspeaker management gear etc., but I didn't see any being displayed. Every other conceivable item they carry, yes,....but not DSP speaker management. I did have some fun discussing various pieces of gear, with some nicely knowledgeable reps. There was one exception however. A young man wanted me to hear these Pelonis monitors. I explained the noise floor wasn't conducive to listening,...he pointed out I'd just listened to these ATC 3 ways (very sweet BTW). So I said fine, what you got?
He began playback over these Pelonis
coaxial 3 ways. Clearly a Tannoy based, small 4" coax mated to a vented, high excursion 8" LF section. Well the song began with murky deep tones, pretty cool really. Then the full bandwidth keys/synth music began. Whoa,...it was out of phase. I motioned for him to stop, I explained I think the L&R coax is out of phase with one-another. This young man says to me "yeah, i think so too".
What does that even mean? A little added context, this is day two, and the last day of the trade show, toward the end of the day. Has it been wired this way the entire time? I can see how it happened, the loudspeaker has passive/high level inputs from a dedicated amplifier unit. Damn,...sloppy.
Pelonis makes very nice, very high end large studio monitors. I wasn't aware they made smaller pieces. It's a shame because I'd just had a wonderful conversation with a gentlemen who was ATC's US importer. He set up a demo of ATC's brand new SCM25A,
a wonderful little sweet 3 way that I'd really like to hear more of. Not anything what I need for HT, but a pair for desktop monitoring would be sweet. We've all seen many of the 3" soft dome mids around,..well these are the real ones everyone mimics. These are powerfully sweet mid/nearfields,...anyone gets the chance to check these out, don't hesitate.
Sweetwater gave away a lot of gear, sold tons at dirt cheap prices, and there was a cool flea market area. I was disappointed in the acoustics seminar/presentation I attended,...entry level stuff mostly. Even when I attempted to delve deeper into some topics with the presenter, acoustician Gavin Haverstick, he clearly wanted to keep it shallow. I understand..., that was his primary audience.
Bottom line, no DSP loudspeaker management tools displayed.