Originally Posted by penngray
When it comes to home Theater your Martin logans are distortion machines
Penn, you often have some good points, but you don't know the size of his room, how loud he listens.... there are a lot of variables. Calling his speakers "distortion machines" is a bit rude, don't you think? There are a few respected people who feel horns do a great job of amplifying distortion, along with everything else, and won't use them. Even though the article is simplistic, I tend to agree with it. I just don't like the horns I've heard, for music or movie theater. Not to say there are not great ones out there that'd I'd love.... and there is no way to get around the fact they are the only way to get decent dynamics in a large venue. Fortunately for me, my home theater is NOT a large venue.
Originally Posted by javanpohl
Good lord, you people are touchy.
There are obsessive, crazy "audiophiles" and then there are horn users, who take it to the next level. They travel in herds and can be spotted by the glint of their golden ears and the warmth given off by their tube amps. Can cause "death by blather". (P.S. I am a dome tweeter user. Thanks to this article, I now know I'm making no compromises... feels good, man.)
Originally Posted by PanteraGSTK
I've just never liked to have a sub when listening to music. Granted I don't have a very music capable sub so that is one reason. I'm of the mind that a good 2ch setup should be able to reproduce music properly without relying on a sub for the lowest frequencies. That is what I prefer. I could use a sub, but I don't like to for anything other than HT.
As has been noted, clean low-frequency extension can really add to the music. Unfortunately, it often requires a lot of subs, treatments and EQ. I'm going to try a couple of large infinite baffle subs EQ'ed with Audyssey XT32's independent dual sub calibration. In theory, this should be decent. Like you, I'm using a cheap sub right now, and it is often doing bad things for music... although XT32 has made it a LOT more useful in that regard. Amazing technology.
Originally Posted by DL86
My paradigm studio reference 100v3's (powered by a rotel rb-1090) struggle to reproduce the gun fire sound effects in black hawk down without fuzzing out on the high end at loud levels or reproduce ear piercing guitar solo's in music that I am acquainted to hearing at live concerts. My custom QSC waveguide + TD15M two way speaker system on the other hand can reproduce the level of dynamics required to provide a feeling of realism to what is actually happening on the screen. Sound quality is also superior at both low and high levels.
Just comparing a highly popular speaker that is reviewed well with a dome tweeter.
Thanks for the point of reference. What kind of space are you trying to fill? Or do you think the Paradigm would "fuzz out" at those levels in any sized space? I know David Fabrikant at Ascend spent months designing and testing a new tweeter for his speakers after harshness at extreme sound levels was discovered in his original domes. I've been using his 340SE's with their custom SEAS tweeter he is now using, and they are very clear at all volume levels in my small (13x16x8) sealed room. I have a feeling he went overboard correcting the problem, the tweeters have a magnet that looks like it should be on pro speaker driver, it's huge.