Originally Posted by Roger Dressler
For others who may be inclined to Platinums, especially likely after that great review, just wondering why not use another of the LCR units for the center, instead of the horizontally configured one, being that in the AT setup all are hidden from view. I'm sure they are sonically well matched in either case, but was there some particular reason?
Originally Posted by pokekevin
It was too expensive nib. He bought the speakers used and the previous owner only had the center . I believe that's right?
Originally Posted by MIkeDuke
From what I remember Craig saying, this is correct. But I think his first choice may have been three speakers that were the same. Again, I am guessing here.
Originally Posted by Roger Dressler
That makes perfect sense.
I just returned from vacation and saw these posts. As Kevin and Mike said, I bought the speakers used, and the set came with a CC. My preference would have been for a 3rd LCR, but beggars can't be choosers.
My previous Atlantic Technology system was 3 identical LCR's across the front soundstage:
That system was solid, seamless and very cohesive. The exact timbre-match of 3 identical speakers, all mounted at the same, ear-height, is the ideal front soundstage, and that system exhibited all the ideal properties associated with that arrangement.
The Triad Platinum CC gets as close to the ideal as possible with a horizontally arranged speaker. It uses the exact same drivers, in the exact same internal volume box, with the exact same alignment of the MTM as the LCR. The crossover is slightly tweaked to account for the horizontal arrangement of the woofers, but otherwise it's the exact same speaker. On axis, it measures very similar to the LCR:
Nonetheless, as you can also see from those measurements, it does exhibit some of the usual off axis anomalies associated with horizontally aligned speakers, especially in the 200 to ~600 Hz range:Fig.3: Platinum Center, pseudo-anechoic response at 45° (red) and 60° (blue) off-axis in the horizontal plane.
It's not a huge deal to me because I do all my critical listening on-axis, in the sweet spot, and it sounds fine there. I know only a few people who would have any idea what to listen for if they were sitting off-axis. When they're here, I give 'em the sweet spot.
(although, honestly, on those occasions when I do sit of-axis, I always surprised at how good the system sounds in those less-than-ideal LP's)
More importantly, as you can see from the picture you linked above, I have all 3 tweeters mounted at the exact same height. When Dennis and I built the stands, we were very precise about the height of the CC stand to make sure we got the tweeters aligned perfectly. This is probably more important than the horizontal arrangement of the speaker. The central image is exactly where it needs to be to solidify the front soundstage. So many people mount their CC above or below their display. That, to me, is a bigger compromise than a horizontally aranged center speaker.
I was skeptical about CC before I bought this set, but I was fortunate to get an in-home audition of the the speakers before I purchased. I think it took about 3 minutes for me to make up my mind. I put on Dire Straits, Money For Nothing
, MC SACD. When the drums came in, the hair on my neck stood up, I got goosebumps and couldn't breathe. It was almost scary how incredible it sounded. We listened to a bunch of other stuff before I told the guy I would take them... but I *knew*
CraigEdited by craig john - 6/13/12 at 8:12pm