Originally Posted by mjodotcom
Mark - mind commenting on the AT vs C4 towers?
I have at least one pair of all the current Classic series - Fours, ATs, Threes, Twos, and AZs. IMO, the ATs are the true star of the lineup. I (and others) like the Fours more than the Threes even over 80 Hz, but for about the same price of the Fours, I would take ATs and two of the new sealed, acoustic suspension subs any day, for both music and movies.
As he usually does, Ray has given you some excellent advice here, especially about the 2C being a huge
upgrade over the AC. It is a no-brainer for only $100 more, and light years ahead of your current SuperCenter.
I fully agree with him that other than certian, specific conditions/circumstances where the Evolutions will always reign supreme, the Classic series now trumps about everything NHT has ever done. Some exceptions of course obviously include Xd, but also the VT-3s which still to this day hold their own against prety much anything that's out there now, the 3.3s, and maybe the 2.9s. I also like the VT-1.4s a lot too as they were almost too far ahead of their time for their own good in the marketplace.
Even with toe in, there is a proverbial "wall of sound" coming at you from the Classics with their wide dispersion/soundstaging/imaging, along with incredible detail that is at the same time somehow just so smooth and refined.
To compare the towers on your list, again, the SuperTwos are the only
ones that have tweeters to match your current speakers. If I'm not mistaken, the original 2.5 (non-i
version), also had soft domes, and would be the next best match after the SuperTwos.
I would rate them as follows:
2.9s - the best choice for 2 channel, but the phase would be inverted with your current speakers in a theater system and sound like crap together
VT-1.4s - the best choice for theater and/or a 2 channel/theater combination system
ST-4s - just behind the VT-1.4s, a great rock music speaker (I bought a minty pair off ebay last summer for just a little over $200 shipped
2.5is - why even bother ? - it's time has clearly passed, but as with the 2.9s, they are better for a 2 channel than theater
Finally, do some of you really believe a guy is named Dawn?