Originally Posted by asoofi1
Originally Posted by carp
Great review Beast!
You hit the nail on the head when you said that the 212's sounded a bit "sterile" in parts. That's exactly what I thought, but I didn't know how to put it into words. I have never felt that way in my room but I sure did at the GTG.
So I'm trying to wrap my head around what guys mean by the 212 sounding a bit sterile...as in lacking excitement and not too inspiring?
I traditionally find the 212HT emotionally engaging! Perhaps it had something to do with the final demo occurring after a long full day and everyone being somewhat tired/indifferent at that time - fifth time through the same 1.5 hours of songs, beer, junk food, all effecting impressions.
Once again - I'll throw it out there that any of these speakers will
1) sound slightly different in another room/your room.
2) all are farily equitable (and high quality) with some slight differences in strengths
3) could have the treble or bass boosted + or - 2dB and sound considerably more to one's preference. Dare I say adding 2dB or taking away 2dB of treble may have made one subjective audition go from last to first - a change easily accomodated in an AVR menu.
4) you guys trading out your gear at this level based on a blind audition over the course of an entire day with beer, tiredness, and various levels of hunger, etc affecting emotions should think twice. By the time D came round I personally was pretty darn tired. 2.5 hours of sleep the night before, 3.5 hours the night before that, and a LOT of stuff going on! Remember there were multiple hours between each audition. That's plenty of time to change your mood or first impressions. Heck sometimes in my own room on my own gear I'll think the same song sounds better one night than the next.