Originally Posted by alternex02
Do most people feel that the 6T's would be too much for a small room? I myself have a 15x15 living room in my house and was thinking of the 6T's over the 5T's because they looked great and had great reviews.
Thinking of the following setup
Receiver: Denon AVR3310ci
Towers: Aperion 6Ts
Center: Aperion 5C
Surround: Aperion 5Bs
Sub: Epik Sentinel
Type of sounds: Mostly HT and gaming. Some music.
I'm not an audiophile so maybe I should switch to the 5Ts and 4Bs?
First off let me state that: I must aknowledge i have never heard the 6T's But I understand there is a performance advantage most noticeably in two channel music applications, however less discernable for 5.1 applications in smaller to medium room sizes.
The intial reaction would be to get the biggest and best. But after the intial effect of the new purchase wears off you may think "am i getting the maximum benefit for the money i spent?" Did i get the right system to suit my needs? You need to set your expectations first. After you know what you need and want then it will be less stressful for you. Cuz all of us here know how stressful getting the right speaker system is.
In terms of 5T vs 6T i can say, both speakers were engineered for a purpose taking into account factors of price point, application and room size/configuration.
It has been well documented that the 6t has a distinct advantage over the 5T in terms of 2 channel audio performance. So i think you should ask yourself. Are you purely basing your decision on 2 channel music performance? If so, what percentage of your time will be dedicated to that? What does your music collection consist of? Do you have tons of CD's, Vinyl, etc..that must be listened to in two channel music? Will you be spending lots of time in front of them listening to music? What type of music do you listen to (i have heard some say they prefer the 5T's over 6T's for jazz music and 6T's for rock).
Taking into account the room size factor...I think in a smaller room the performance gap for two channel music between the 5T's and 6T's may be less noticeable becuase there is less space to fill, less distance to travel, in terms of the midbass drivers ability to create a wide soundstage. and the sensitivity differences between the two becomes less of a issue in a smaller space. I mean that really is what were talking about here regarding the benefits of the 6T over the 5T, right? The ability to create a wider, more expansive soundstage, making the material more immersive and believeable in 2 channel applications? At what point does the benefit of the 6T make it worth the extra money? In a small room, medium room or larger room? Is this a dedicated media room where one can go to get away or is a family room where there are people occupying it on most occasions? Do you want a speaker with a large or small footprint.
What i'm getting at here is if you're not looking for the ultimate experience in 2 channel audio in that room size the 5T's would be more than adequate. And would exceed any expectations you might walk away with after visiting a Best Buy store or similar.
another thing to consider is your surround situation. If you are looking for a well rounded 5.1 system to be used for both 5.1 music and movies but excelling in multichannel music you may want to consider a front firing bookshelf speaker positioned slightly behind your seating position, angled towards you. If you want it tailored specifically to ge the most of of movies then you might look and the 4 or 5 series dipole solutions, however you need to make sure the configuration of your room provides the recommended mountng options.
In a 15x15 size room a setup of 5T's, 5C and 5B's is going to be exceptional for the following (in the following order):
Movies and Concert DVD's in 5.1
Two Channel Music
At one time in my life, i too was way to concerned about 5T vs 6T because i thought i wouldn't be happy with 2channel music. I went with the 5T (in a 15x20 room) and to tell you the truth i am truly happy. And to be even more honest, i hardly ever listen to two channel music, not because of performance but becuase i hardly own any music. I do Ipod stuff, Concert DVD's and occasional music channels from cable. At this point in my life, i'm glad i saved the extra 4-5 hundred bucks. Becuase i would have a set of awesome speakers sitting there underutilized. I'm to busy with 3 kids running around to spend much quality time in front of my 5T's enjoying 2 channel music. However, the family does spend a good amount of time watching movies, their favorite TV shows (including American Idol) and yes, Dad does get to occasionally enjoy a nice Concert DVD in 5.1 (most recently David Gilmour Remember that Night). For these applications, in my room size , the 5.1 system, including the 5T's, has been nothing short of exceptional for my uses.
I'm not suggesting you to shy away from the 6T, i'm just asking you to think about your expectations and how you are going to use the system before you make a decision? What factors are you faced with at home. I'm also asking you to look at your budget and always respect the WAF and FAF (family acceptance factor)!
There's a reason Aperion offers soo many choices, and that's becuase everyone has different needs. The important thing here is to decide which combination of products is best tailored to suit your needs. And to that end i must add, the 5T is no slouch when it comes to 2 channel music peformance. When i have guests over and the musics running they say "That sounds Good".
Best of luck to you.