Originally Posted by mani
I can attest that Aerials and theta combination are extremely good . I have heard it in Steve's theater.
I just find it silly , that people fight so strongly for the brands they own. We are here in this hobby to enjoy audio/video, not to lobby for the Av companies. I have gone through enough manufacturers and dont feel emotionally attached to any . If I was building a room for serious 2 channel listening I would for sure prefer Theta over ADA any day . For movies , the difference is slight and I actually prefer some attributes of ADA for movies. I built my theater for 95-99% movie use , and most of the times with my kids and family , so everything had to be hidden /inwall/ in separate equipment room etc so I dont have to constantly watch kids , so that they dont touch the expensive equipment and poke their fingers / toys in the speaker drivers/dust caps. For my purpose ADA/Seaton combo is unbeatable for the price. If price was not a concern , I would go with Theta / Genelecs. I prefer genelecs over aerials ... my taste.
If I had to build a 2 channel room I would also consider Von Schweikerts - Thats the best sound I have ever heard in a Demo ( just by memory - no AB comparison)- I havent been that impressed with any speaker so far -- I dont know if it was the combo of the recording, the integrated tube amplifier that was being used along with Von Schweikert's,...but that was ahaa moment for me whiel listening to music. It was 3-4 years ago so cant tell all the details of models etc.
If I have to build a multipurpose room ( movies more than music)- I would use fully customised CAT solution, if I can afford one. ( not just buying a CAT speaker and placing it in a room, I mean ground up design by CAT , with custom drivers and crossovers for that particular room and final tuning of the whole system by CAT engineers). Thats the room I have been most impressed with while watching movies.
Regarding specs...I dont believe I pay much attention to them anymore. Even $500 receivers use DAC's with more than 120 dB S/N ratio and if any one claims that he can hear difference between 120dB and 128dB S/n , is just bluffing. There are dozens of speakers who have flat frequency response from 20Hz to 20KHz, that doesnt mean they all soud the same. My Sim2 Lumis HOST has native contrast ratio which is very modest and from what I recall very unfavorable to JVC's which have very strong following and any one who owns Sim2 Lumis can attest that JVC cant hold a candle to Sim2 , esp on a larger screen. And another example is Kscape, I tried very hard to get details about their video processing / DAC's etc etc to no avail, but I like their picture better than oppo and DVDO VP pro and iscan duo. So no if a company doesnt want to share the details about components doesnt necessarily mean that their performance is bad. Eventually yuo buy what looks and sounds good to you, not what looks good on paper.
For movies , active monitors like Genelecs or Seatons should have advantage because they are much more effecient because of active crossovers as most of the power using conventional consumer based processors and passive speakers with passive crossovers is wasted , because your sound output is determined by the least effecient link which will be your woofer or low frequency driver, and it is well documented that peaks and thus the dynamic range in movies is higher , so active monitors should perform better at least for that attribute. However I did hear more nuances in Steve's Theta / Aerial combo . So that comes to personal preference /taste and financial state. At the end of the day , speand the money you comfortably can on what you like .
PS : just to add the best 2 cahnnel sound I have heard in my home was with B&W 802's with Pass Labs XP 20 stereo preamp with external power supply and pass labs monoblocks , but that was before I had kids..