OK, before I get onto individual replies to all your respective posts there's a few things I'd like to say to everyone in general.
Firstly, thank you to the few individuals who have stepped in to bring some sanity to this thread by asking relevant parties to cease with the unwarranted venomous attacks; although, given the nature of internet forums this sort of aggressive behaviour is pretty typical and only to be expected. I would ask however that moving forward could everyone please try a little harder to keep things to adult intelligent debate and discussion, as opposed to aggressive attacks.
Secondly, I most certainly do NOT have any direct connection with any individual brand of A/V equipment nor do I benefit directly or indirectly from any individual company’s product sales in any way whatsoever. Furthermore, I do not sell ANY items of A/V equipment individually direct to the general public (i.e. I am not an A/V equipment retailer).
To help appease the Doubting Thomases in this regards I think it is only fair that I tell you more about myself; so prepare yourself to be bored with my life history!
I am the Managing Director of a property development business in the UK, having recently taken over the running of the family business after my father passed away from terminal small cell liver cancer.
My qualifications are actually that of Nutritional & Food Science, and as such I am a scientist; and for 10 years I headed the Research and Development department and served on the Board of Directors of a nutritional supplements manufacturer, a company that I was instrumental in founding and wherein I personally developed the entire product range. I sold the business prior to taking over my father’s property development business recently.
My interest and knowledge regards all things A/V related stems from a childhood interest in music hi-fi and then evolved into an obsession with home cinema.
My years of obsessing with home cinema began with the birth of home cinema in the UK and continued right through until today. Hence, my journey began with VCR plus large size 4:3 TV; then progressed onto LASERDISC plus 16:9 Widescreem CRT TV (ridiculously deep and heavy!); then DVD and LCD Projector; and now Blu-Ray and HD TV / 4K Projector.
Here’s a photo of me with one of my early home cinema builds, which was designed with both high-end music hifi and movies in mind:
This system comprised no less than 5 x M&K MX5000 Subwoofers (one on each channel), Diapason Adamantes III speakers (LCR and Surrounds), Naim Audio Monoblock Power Amplifiers, and Lexicon MC-12 Processor. (So whoever said I’ve never listened to M&K / MK Sound please kindly go and eat your words, since I have been listening to M&K / MK Sound audio equipment for quite literally decades!)
This system’s audio performance was comparatively much better than that of numerous other systems which were many times more expensive.
And here’s a photo of my latest home cinema, which I am mid-way through building right now and is my latest take on ‘The Ultimate Home Cinema’:
This is a preview of what I will be intending to post as another new thread, providing comprehensive details of my conception, design and build of what I consider to be ‘The Ultimate Home Cinema’ currently available. So be warned in advance that I will be mentioning which home cinema PROJECTOR I consider to be the very best currently available; and incidentally I don’t work for that company either!
In fact, this latest ‘Ultimate Home Cinema’ project of mine is my sole reason for carrying out my due diligence in ascertaining what is, in my opinion, the home cinema audio system with the best audio performance currently available. It was only recently that I suddenly realised I was not aware of anyone to date who has carried out such a comprehensive auditioning and evaluation of all the top home cinema audio brands; so I decided to compose and publish my report online as a gift to anyone and everyone interested in home cinema. Which brings me onto my third point, which is:
Thirdly, please kindly note that this report is my opinion; you do not have to agree with or accept any of it.
In my humble opinion, this sort of comprehensive comparison report is well overdue; and it is a crime that I am the first to do it. I will reiterate that you are perfectly entitled to your own opinion and inevitably not everyone will concur with my opinions. So I would urge others who are similarly placed as myself, namely wholly unbiased, to carry out similar comprehensive comparisons and post your views. There needs to be a lot more of this sort of impartial feedback, don’t you think?
Either way, you can do whatever you like with it; print it out and use it for toilet paper for all I care!
Or alternatively, why not take on board some of what I have said, and then go and audition whatever are the audio systems that are of interest to you and make up your own mind.
Personally, anyone who considers even for an instant purchasing a home cinema audio system costing upwards of £18,000 without auditioning it first, in my opinion, is an imbecile.
In fact, you should not just limit your audition to one brand of home cinema equipment; go and listen to at least three and then make up your mind which you like best before buying.
So I guess what I am trying to say that I do not in fact want anyone to buy any system that costs this sort of money without auditioning both it and at least a couple of others first; and choose which ones to audition according to what are your preferences. For example, if you are passionate about horn-type speakers then I strongly urge you to audition the PRO Audio Technology audio system; or if your maximum budget is £18,000 then you really should go and audition the MK Sound audio system.
Fourthly, it is abundantly clear that a great many of you who are so quick to criticise and hurl insults have not in fact read my report properly, and that you have simply flipped through it and perhaps glanced at the back page before drawing all sorts of incorrect conclusions. I would therefore request that everyone please kindly ensure that you have actually read my report properly before posting your comments and questions.
One glaringly obvious example of this is with regards to the implications that my report exclusively entails pimping Steinway Lyngdorf. This is in fact not the case. Those actually bothering to read my report properly will note that I clearly indicate my opinion is that:
- MK Sound is without a doubt the very best home cinema audio system that you can buy for £18,000.
- Widsom Audio has the best audio performance of all ‘conventional-type’ operating home cinema audio systems (with ‘conventional-type’ being defined as carrying out digital to analogue conversion within the A/V Processor / Receiver stage, and then amplifying in the analogue domain)
- PRO Audio Technology is by far the best Horn-Type speaker home cinema audio system.
- James Loudspeaker has the best overall score of all ‘conventional-type’ home cinema audio systems.
And finally, there is a fundamental reason WHY Steinway Lyngdorf has superior audio performance, which anyone who understands how home cinema audio equipment operates should be able to understand. I have explained all of this in detail in my report; so I suggest those who have not already done so see page 34 and read the section wherein I have explained how the audio system works and why it is superior.
It is crystal clear that those who have been so quick to criticise me simply cannot have read this; hence, I would ask that if you wish to discuss matters further that you do so first, because it is impossible to discuss something properly when your information level is incomplete.
N.B. I will get onto replying to your individual posts, but since there is a lot to get through, I would ask again for you to be a little patient with me!