I've been with Bostons for 10 years plus. Decided to go all the way this time. Auditioned the E-100's, E-70s....on NADs ( as my local Boston dealer deals with NADs only). Loved the sound, loved the unique aesthetics, the weight, the build quality, the feel, the panel changing option. Combined with Boston's reliable engineering that I've experienced I bought 3 i.e front LCR as a first step towards upgrading my HT. Do remember I am a videophile and no serious tech guru. ...definetily not into music or two channel audio. Lossless HD sound is what I am fascinated by in this era.
Also I could not find many reviews on E 100s either here or any where else.
So began my dilemma..
Plugged in NAD T775 whilst my NAD T785 was on order. Hooked up PS3, Toshiba HD EX1, and my Toshiba HD STB all via HDMI. Sub. si Sunfire 10" HQ.
Hmmmmmmm.....just got a safe, melodious sound, no real depth, no oomph, no wow factor. just very very admirably smooth yet blandish neutral dispersed sound with no indication that these are reference 4 way speakers with tweeters even at the back! Allowed 50 + hours of speaker burn in....sound a bit more detailed, better depth, but detail and discrete channels of lossless on HT on bluray / hd dvd still missing.
Here's the interesting part. The oomph kicks in when I play two channel audio discs, reference CDs or my MP3s. It's almost as if the speakers come alive. Still something tells you, E 100s are still "hungry" yearning for more power , highs are just dissipating or fizzling, mids are the best (...as I always find this on Bostons)
...but they are not "gelling" with the reciever , timber matching is good though and sound stage is uniform but not enoyable...almost in the background.
10 days later I get the higher current & more powerful NAD 785. This is where I get buggered! The receiver switches off when I go over -10db....for HD sound, possibly -2 to 0 db for analog sound. Sound quality though is slightly better than 775...but I can not get the volume to reference levels.
Talked to my dealer..great guy. Spent hours with my setup. Did everything from changing my power sockets to every cable to every power cord. Zip result still! Tried the same with his showroom 785. Guess what...same issue.
So 785 goes to NAD. I get a loaner brand new pre-pro. NAD T175 and NADs new 5 channel amp. Guess what.....it doesn't switch off, but sound quality mediocre esp. with high & mid lows. Tweeters give a shrieky whistly sound as if they are struggling. Lows are boomy.Buggered again.
Called another dealer....tried Integra 7.8 with Sunfire TGA 7400- 7x400. What hits you is a seriously bright coloured almost ear hurting painful sound. Highs have gone the other way now. Not bland rather very very overlapped with every other tone like a mish mash, high pitched. It's almost that the speaker has the juice of power it wants but is unhappy or being very sensitive to/ with Integra's processing.
So I try the NAD T175 pre with Sunfire 7400. I am now back to safe not so punchy sound but with better not so crispy highs and mids, somehow just missing the detail that HT should give on lossless formats. Once again I can feel the E100s have it in them but ...it's almost they need to "click" with a pre-pro and that ain't happening. Admittedly the Sunfire's have salvaged the issues..the echoey booming sound are gone, bass is punchier, esp. on 2 channel but NOT on HT.
Mind you I have not bought rears yet as I was aiming for E100 or E 70s.
So guys help me out....
1. what's happening here? I'm seriously not a very demanding listener. I have never made a fuss about sound issues ever.Yet I am not getting the juicy feeling from these babies. My Boston Micro 1000s and VRs were better depth & detail on analog sound,
2. Are these over-engineered...4 way, 6 ft long white elephants or what? What's this business with 2 vs 4 vs 6 ohms....? Some dealers are saying I should stick to THX certified products as they go with 6 or 4 ohms..? Can anyone please explain the specs of these speakers in english to me?
3. Are these going to need very high end gear to "click". admittedly all the HT gear at present is at best in its infancy .
4. What can I try with these. Should I keep the Sunfire amp which is thrice the cost here as in the US or is it an overkill.?
5.Another dealer claims that bi-amping & biwiring with upmarket Copper speaker cabling may kill the brightness of the Integra 7.8? What say ye? I have QED Silver cables currently.
Any suggestions would be of immense help.
attaching some pics FYI.