Originally Posted by BruceOmega
Would you mind saying what other manufacturers' products you demoed, and your opinion on how each compared the IKONs?
I tested the PSB Image Series, Polk Rti and LSi series, Dali IKON, Helicon and Euphonia series, Klipsch Synergy, JBL Northridge, Paradigm but I don't know the Make. I think that is the full list. There isn't alot of HT stores in my area, but I made it to all of them except the one that was closed for construction.
Both of the sets of Polks I listened to had a real boxy sound. Not a very technical term I know, but it seemed that there was something lacking in the sound especially with the center channel that went with it. For the price I don't think they are worth it. IMO they made a big mistake buy trying to market themselves into the big box stores.
The JBL's and Klipsch were demoed out of pure enjoyment of listening to the Salesman at Bestbuy trying to get me to buy them.
My dad has a HT setup with Paradigms, I don't know the make. They do sound good and I probably would have gotten some digms had I not found the Dali's.
I really liked the PSB speakers, I think that their owner used to work for Paradigm and the still communicate back and forth. Anyway I think they had a really good sound to them. The only thing I didn't like about them was they were very weak when used as a 2 channel. The speaking voices sounded slightly muffled and seemed to be over shadowed by the other frequencies. I know they probably would have sounded better with the matching center.
Then I heard the Dali's. I first listened to the IKON 7's with the Vokal 2 center, then the IKON 2's just as 2-channel. For all the Demo's I listened to the the Eagles Hell Freezes over CD. As soon as I popped in Hotel California I was amazed. The clarity of the music that came through these little babies was awesome. Since I have a small appartment I settles on the IKON 2's and have never been happier. Just for fun I had Brian (the owner of the store) let me try out the Euphonia series just to get a comparison between them and the IKON's. Once again I was wishing I were on an unlimited budget and could afford them. If you want some more info I would be glad to elaborate a little more if you had some specific questions.
For me, it is hard to describe why I didn't like a particular speaker other than it just didn't please my ear, but I could always try. Take into account that I am really green when it comes to all the technical jargon and have only been researching HT for a couple of months. After my excapades in speaker auditioning I am a firm believer in buying what pleases your ear, no matter what brand or model it is.
If you are looking at getting some new speakers I would highly recommend taking the time to listen to a Dali setup, I personally don't think I will ever stray from them.