Originally Posted by Ron Alcasid
Hello AT fans. I'm curious about AT speakers and would like to hear some of your opinions. I used to have Klipsch Reference speakers that I really loved for HT because of their ability to convey sudden changes volume. I think this is what they call "attack". The horns did a great job of conveying every single detail in a soundtrack no matter how small. However, I got rid of them cause they did have some sibilance I could not tolerate and I think some coloration from the horn. So I'm wondering how do AT speakers perform when it comes to conveying "attack"? How do AT speakers handle sibilants? I prefer a speaker to soften them a bit them even though it may not be 100% accurate.
Hi Ron as a dealer for both brands, I understand what you are talking about.
But, I can say there are a couple factors involved:
1) Your sensitivity to certain frequencies
2) Your total system voicing
Sibilance is caused by either a pronounced spl at a certain frequency, your sensitivity to those frequencies, and or some level of distortion (or all three). In the video world it might be akin to "rainbows". Some see'em but are not bothered, some see them and can't stand the effect, and others don't see them at all.
That is why you will find some who LOVE their KLIPSCH and think others must not be able to hear well, while others HATE the edginess of the detail they present.
Additionally this "difference in opinion" can be caused by the voicing of the system. Many amps, preamps and other gear can present the speakers with more of a dry, brittle and edgy group of signal effects that interact with the speakers.
That said, AT can also present an edginess IF the equipment in front of it send it that electronic message.
However on a general basis, you will find that dynamic cone drivers present sound in a less stressed manner in those offending frequencies (as long as the signal is not biased toward them) and the AT may be a speaker more to your sensibilities.