Originally Posted by boarder1995
I've got 895is up front and I believe it's an MC-2 center. It's got the same sized tweeter, but it's not gloss top/bottom.
The 6T's are more detailed up top, but more testing will come. I've actually currently got an issue with one tweeter in the 6T. A replacement driver is on the way and will be back operational in no time. Customer service at Aperion was great, as usual. Otherwise, I'm still playing them and giving them time to break in. These were discounted b-stock, "A" class or something like that. So they (may) have some hours on them already. That also is the likely reason for the tweeter issue. I'm still playing them and getting hours on them. At low volumes the tweeter issue doesn't rear it's ugly head, so I've been able to do some decent listening each evening. The direct radiating detailed, non-smeared sound is great versus my bi-polar. Definitely a change.
For a center another 6T or 6C would be in order for me. My wife prefers the look of a "standard horizontal center", but we can fit a tower, so might as well do that. I've put my current center up on end and for various seating positions, it definitely sounds more consistent. Rears, maybe 6T or a better fit might be 5T - not so deep. We'll see how things go after the tweeter and more comparison to some more costly local units.
So the new tweeter arrived and it's installed as of Tuesday. I've spent some more time with the towers and music.
I hooked my trusty laser disc player pre-outs (with good DACs internally) straight to a couple power amps. This removes any hint of coloration or sound signature my Denon would impart. Initially I thought with the Denon in DIRECT mode, there should be no change. Well, allbeit subtle, there was a change. The two amps I'm using are a Lexicon and a pro Behringer EP1500. The bass was a bit more pronounced than with the Denon in the loop. I even hooked the Denon back up and used its internal amps and heard a change back in sound. Now, I didn't do double blind testing and I played at all volumes, so no level matching, but I wasn't trying to determine if there was a difference with the Denon, but certainly wanted to give the 6T's a fair shakedown.
So, back to the 6T's, they opened up a bit more with more time on them, and bass has gotten a bit more pronounced. They still play very loud very deep. Perhaps the only main things I've noticed with them versus some other towers I'm auditioning (B&W 804S, 803S, 802D, CM9) are a slight lack of texture in the bass that I pick up with some other models. There's a certain portion on a piano concerto that on the B&W's I hear a good bass piano chord and also pick up the texture of the piano itself, whereas with the Aperions I hear the piano bass note, but just a slight less detail beyond the note and tone itself. I've gone back and forth on this particular section of the piece and I consistently hear the difference. Also, the upper midrange / lower treble seems a bit less pronounced than that of the B&W's. This is of course comparing an Aperion 2-way to B&W 3-ways that have what many consider a very good midrange driver. Price points are also not the same (B&W 803S are $6000/pr), but I like to know what's possible and what I'd be giving up. While playing these Aperion 6T's at high volumes with good amp power behind then they played very well very loud; you know the volumes that get a wife to give dirty looks. The treble got a bit strained at really high volumes, but the bass had no issues. So, for the $695/ea price tag, these things are great! Play full range at all volumes without giving in on any end.
Thanks for listening again.