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post #1051 of 1258
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Originally Posted by jdlynch View Post

Aerial Sound-

What amp(s) are you now using to power your Aerials?

David

David,
FYI.. I just got a Parasound Halo A21 for my 2 channel system. I haven't used it with my Aerials but it is a beast of an amp. Very slightly on the warm side of neutral with endless power and great bass. Just mentioning as I thought I remembered you looking at one of their multi-channel amps?
post #1052 of 1258
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Originally Posted by WLC View Post

I started with Aerial, 13 yrs. ago. Current setup is 10t's, CC5, AR3, LR3 and 2 SW12s, all with Sound Anchor Stands. Driven by Bryston Amps, 300 watts across fronts and 250 on sides and back. Lexicon MC-12 is the processor. The mode I use is the Logic 7. I have quite a bit of sound treatment, including bass traps in front corners and sound absorbers along front wall on either side and above the screen on the ceiling and first and second reflection points. The subs are stereo and all speakers are set to "full and sub" which allows me to cross the subs at 80. Of every setting we've tried, my wife and I believe these settings on the speakers provides the richest and most coherent soundstage. There is marvelous clarity and the music just floats in the air, making it impossible to have any sense of which speakers are engaged. Other than using a sound meter and scenes from Last of the Mohicans, we only have our ears. I'm curious as to whether anyone else uses this crossover arrangement. Just as an aside, we love our surround sound so much that we can't imagine wanting to upgrade. I trust that Michael Kelly has come out with some wonderful new products, although since we don't have a local dealer we can't hear them, but his old ones continue to thrill us.

Sounds like an amazing setup WLC... I had my Aerials paired with Bryston amps and Anthem (AVM50) and think Bryston is a great match sonically. Which bass traps are you using? When I redo my HT room, I was thinking of adding ASC tube traps...
post #1053 of 1258
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Originally Posted by WLC View Post

I started with Aerial, 13 yrs. ago. Current setup is 10t's, CC5, AR3, LR3 and 2 SW12s, all with Sound Anchor Stands. Driven by Bryston Amps, 300 watts across fronts and 250 on sides and back. Lexicon MC-12 is the processor. The mode I use is the Logic 7. I have quite a bit of sound treatment, including bass traps in front corners and sound absorbers along front wall on either side and above the screen on the ceiling and first and second reflection points. The subs are stereo and all speakers are set to "full and sub" which allows me to cross the subs at 80. Of every setting we've tried, my wife and I believe these settings on the speakers provides the richest and most coherent soundstage. There is marvelous clarity and the music just floats in the air, making it impossible to have any sense of which speakers are engaged. Other than using a sound meter and scenes from Last of the Mohicans, we only have our ears. I'm curious as to whether anyone else uses this crossover arrangement. Just as an aside, we love our surround sound so much that we can't imagine wanting to upgrade. I trust that Michael Kelly has come out with some wonderful new products, although since we don't have a local dealer we can't hear them, but his old ones continue to thrill us.

Your system sounds awesome. I was originally looking for 10t's and a CC5, but, came across a great deal on three LR5's. Like you- I was using an MC12 until a few months ago when I purchased a Marantz 8801.

I also felt I had no need to upgrade as the MC12, in my opinion, was about as good as it gets. What convinced me to change was the Audyssey XT32 and its ability to equalize my subwoofer and integrate it seamlessly with my speakers. At first I felt the Lexicon may have had a slight edge in SQ, but, I think I was just used to its sound. Before I sold my Lexicon I changed it back into my system to see if I thought it sounded better. Surprisingly I felt it was a step back from the Marantz. That was when I decided to sell it.

For a long time I just could not convince myself that a Marantz could be an upgrade over my MC12BEQ.
post #1054 of 1258
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Originally Posted by ejn1 View Post

Sounds like an amazing setup WLC... I had my Aerials paired with Bryston amps and Anthem (AVM50) and think Bryston is a great match sonically. Which bass traps are you using? When I redo my HT room, I was thinking of adding ASC tube traps...

I'm using Echo busters. Have the two big bass traps in the front corners, little traps in ceiling corners, and multiple sound panels around the room.
post #1055 of 1258
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Originally Posted by jdlynch View Post

Your system sounds awesome. I was originally looking for 10t's and a CC5, but, came across a great deal on three LR5's. Like you- I was using an MC12 until a few months ago when I purchased a Marantz 8801.

I also felt I had no need to upgrade as the MC12, in my opinion, was about as good as it gets. What convinced me to change was the Audyssey XT32 and its ability to equalize my subwoofer and integrate it seamlessly with my speakers. At first I felt the Lexicon may have had a slight edge in SQ, but, I think I was just used to its sound. Before I sold my Lexicon I changed it back into my system to see if I thought it sounded better. Surprisingly I felt it was a step back from the Marantz. That was when I decided to sell it.

For a long time I just could not convince myself that a Marantz could be an upgrade over my MC12BEQ.

Since we do almost all our listening from TIVO recording Time Warner, I won't be upgrading until one of the cable providers starts using one of the newer codecs. With the 7.2 system we particularly enjoy the Logic 7.
post #1056 of 1258
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Originally Posted by WLC View Post

Since we do almost all our listening from TIVO recording Time Warner, I won't be upgrading until one of the cable providers starts using one of the newer codecs. With the 7.2 system we particularly enjoy the Logic 7.

Logic7 is pretty awesome. That was the main reason I owned Lexicon processors for over 15 years. I just wish I had more Aerials for my side and rear speakers. Then I think I will have reached my ultimate system with seamless panning from front to rear.
post #1057 of 1258
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Originally Posted by WLC View Post

I'm using Echo busters. Have the two big bass traps in the front corners, little traps in ceiling corners, and multiple sound panels around the room.

Wow, hadn't heard of them and they seem more reasonably priced than ASC Tube traps. I went to their website and it was not there.... Are they still in business?
thx
post #1058 of 1258
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Originally Posted by ejn1 View Post

Wow, hadn't heard of them and they seem more reasonably priced than ASC Tube traps. I went to their website and it was not there.... Are they still in business?
thx

I'm sorry, I have no idea. Haven't dealt with them for over 10 years. Went online, apparently echo busters is "on hiatus" while they "restructure" their business.
Edited by WLC - 11/10/13 at 5:20am
post #1059 of 1258
Check out GIK ... I bought some 3 years back and they were really nice. Great knowledgable people and easy to work with. 24wx48h x 17d(I think)are the size of the corner traps. I stack two of them on each corner. ATS Acoustic are very nice products and they do a lot of custom. I bought my panels to build my theater front walls. It was 100 or 250 for a pair.... It was pretty good deal. ASC were nice but cost a lot. Even from A'gon. I bought Skyline s from RPG and they are very good in designing a room too. They have a a nice product but the cost goes up with their Bad Panels product line(used in a lot of retail home theaters) Lots to choose from.
post #1060 of 1258
I just did something I thought I'd never do, buy speakers I never heard. I should be receiving my 7t's soon. I heard so many good things about them a had to pull the trigger. They will be driven by a Mcintosh MC252. Room is carped with a lot of soft surfaces. My processor has xt32 on board so I'm sure it will help to get them sound right in my room. Do you guys spike them, use toe in?
post #1061 of 1258
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Originally Posted by g_bartman View Post

I just did something I thought I'd never do, buy speakers I never heard. I should be receiving my 7t's soon. I heard so many good things about them a had to pull the trigger. They will be driven by a Mcintosh MC252. Room is carped with a lot of soft surfaces. My processor has xt32 on board so I'm sure it will help to get them sound right in my room. Do you guys spike them, use toe in?

I have the Aerial stands, but, I do not use spikes. I do have them toed in.

I bought my Aerial LR5's on a leap-of-faith based on their awesome reviews and feed back. I have absolutely no regrets.

What will you be using for your center and surround speakers?
post #1062 of 1258
I run 11 channels with 4 subs. I have definitive tech clr 3000 for cc, bpvx side and 7001tl rears. High are flat wall mounted definitively, wide are flat wall mounted Klipsch.
post #1063 of 1258
THAt Mac-252 is more than enough power. Michael Kelly uses the 15wpc Gato integrated at his demos. Also down the road look at the CC-4 center you will be able to get it at the standard version or the new wall mounted version.smile.gif
post #1064 of 1258
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Originally Posted by Class A View Post

THAt Mac-252 is more than enough power. Michael Kelly uses the 15wpc Gato integrated at his demos. Also down the road look at the CC-4 center you will be able to get it at the standard version or the new wall mounted version.smile.gif

I have heard the are easy to drive but as Tim Taylor used to say, "more power." I just really like my Mac and never plan on replacing it. I will replace my cc some day with one from Aerial
Edited by g_bartman - 11/13/13 at 10:36am
post #1065 of 1258
Whoops I left of a zero that's 150wpc.smile.gif
post #1066 of 1258
By the way if you want to see a picture of the 6T go to the Audio Video Therapy website and click on Facebook. They have the 6T next to the 7T. Michael Kelly is in the foreground.smile.gif
post #1067 of 1258
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Originally Posted by Class A View Post

By the way if you want to see a picture of the 6T go to the Audio Video Therapy website and click on Facebook. They have the 6T next to the 7T. Michael Kelly is in the foreground.smile.gif

Nice one Class A - I've grabbed a few here:



I assume in this one, the 6T is up front with the 7T in the background?

post #1068 of 1258
Correct the front speaker is the 6T. The bald gray haired gentlemen to the right is Michael Kelly. Thanks for putting up the pictures for me I'm sort of a computer idiot.smile.gif
post #1069 of 1258
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Originally Posted by Class A View Post

Correct the front speaker is the 6T. The bald gray haired gentlemen to the right is Michael Kelly. Thanks for putting up the pictures for me I'm sort of a computer idiot.smile.gif

Ha! No worries - there is no better place for these pictures than this thread . . . well,with the exception of the Aerial Acoustics website . . . which strangely seems to have nothing on it about them?!? rolleyes.gif
post #1070 of 1258
Marketing is not his strong suit. If you go to one of his demos it's not filled w/lots of hype. He doesn't have a prepared dog and pony show. Mostly he'll sit play music and you can just ask questions. As far as the website, also no mention of the CC-4 centers. I'm sure some HT owners would be interested in the wall mounted version. smile.gif
post #1071 of 1258
My 7 t's arrive tomorrow. Hopefully ill be able to sleep tonight:D
post #1072 of 1258
Get your sleep now you'll be up late tomorrow.smile.gif
post #1073 of 1258
You know...for some goofy reason I'm moved to reprint here my very first (semi-) review and my first encounter with Aerial speakers. Best of happiness with your new 7T's, bartman!!


"Does anyone here own Aerial Acoustics speakers? (Wanna sell 'em cheap? )

I heard some of these yesterday...a couple of models...I think I found the ultimate speaker from which you'll NEVER want to upgrade. See, this is the problem with speaker shopping. Ya go in looking for some Paradigms that you can afford (but can't stand, as it turns out)....and there THEY are....off in that darkened room over there....like a gentle kiss blown from a beautiful stanger. Oh, be still my beating heart. THOSE! I WANT THOSE!! You walk closer and closer...right up to the gentle stranger and in that dim light, slowly focus on the golden nameplate. And it seductively says...whispers, really...."Aerial Acoustics". And THEN....like the slap on the face by a jealous husband...'THWHACK!!'....$10,500 per says the little card on the top of the speaker. Ugh...NOOOOOooooooo. Then it's back to Shirley and the kids and the run-down house in the bad part of town with the barking neighbor's dog and squeaky swing from the other side and the JBLs......."


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post #1074 of 1258
http://www.audioadvice.com/high-end-audio/2013/09/13/world-premiere-aerial-6t/

Experimental finish?? Any news on this? Will it be coming to the rest of the line?
post #1075 of 1258
The choice of colors will be cherry, rose nut and gloss black.smile.gif
post #1076 of 1258
I have not had as much time as I would like to have an extended sit down with my 7t's. My initial impression of these is outstanding. Mr Kelly has a true passion for building loudspeakers and it shows in every detail. The shipping boxes alone were impressive. I got VERY lucky that I was able to procure a like new pair off a terrific seller on audiogon for less than the new 6t's will be selling for. The seller told me he got several inquiries and solid offers but in the end I snatched 'em up. The fit and finish of these are incredible. I usually don't care much about how speakers look but they are gorgeous. I still have some placement tweaking to do but wow, they seem to be all that is advertised for sure. I have a cc 3 on the way. I'm one of those people who listens to more music then movies on my system but wanted to match the cc. My one little gripe is that the finish is so reflective that they reflect the light coming off my screen. I'm actually thinking about refitting the velvet bags they come in to place over the sides of the cabinet if it becomes bothersome. I really need to make time to have an extended listening session with these asap. I drive them with a Mcintosh MC252 which is one piece of equipment I will hang onto for life. I believe the 7t's will also be on that list. I have some pics up on the "what's your system configuration" thread if anyone is interested.
post #1077 of 1258
I'd love some synergy input from the 7t owners. What amp and preamp (or prepro) are you using, and what else did you try?
post #1078 of 1258
I just got mine a week ago. Marantz 8801 pre/pro-Mtintosh MC252. Sounds fantastic.
post #1079 of 1258
7T's for less than the 6's is a great deal. You'll be surprised how much longer you'll listen to your music. Zero listener fatigue. Also the CC-3 is an excellent center. It will tie in the front setup for your movies. Enjoy your great system.smile.gif
post #1080 of 1258
Thanks. I hope to have many years ahead sitting in front of them. Work has been very busy, I'm working 64 hours this week. It helps pay for the toys but gives me less time to enjoy them! It's a double edged sword.
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