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post #1111 of 1261
In not super fussy about matching the main l/r and cc drivers. I use a cc3 with 7t's. Again, not ideal but it works for me.
post #1112 of 1261
Hi all,

I've been a long time lurker here while I've been working on my theater with a 11.4 system with 13 of those speakers being Aerial Acoustics (I just kept my old rear surround speakers as they are the least important and pretty good for surrounds). I just have to say that I love the mids and highs of the 20T's. If you can demo 20Ts you won't be disappointed. The LR5's also sounds great as well. The CC5 is a great match for everything at center except for those sweet tweeters in the 20T.... geez they are that good. biggrin.gif This isn't a bad thing..... I just wish the CC5 had the same tweeter. The 5B's are a little suspect for HT use in my opinion as they have trouble keeping up with the other speakers and fail when pushed hard by my big, clean Bryston amps. Overall, I love these speakers and don't plan on moving away from these for a VERY long time.
post #1113 of 1261
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Originally Posted by psychdoc View Post

I just wish the CC5 had the same tweeter. ...
If you have projection screen, does Aerial let you get 1 20T for your center speaker and put it behind the screen ?
post #1114 of 1261
Unfortunately my setup does not allow that as my screen is not AT. My next theater will very likely be AT and that is exactly what I'll do (20T's across the left, center, right). And I'm pretty sure you can order them one at a time as I know some people already have that setup.
post #1115 of 1261
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Originally Posted by psychdoc View Post

Hi all,

I've been a long time lurker here while I've been working on my theater with a 11.4 system with 13 of those speakers being Aerial Acoustics (I just kept my old rear surround speakers as they are the least important and pretty good for surrounds). I just have to say that I love the mids and highs of the 20T's. If you can demo 20Ts you won't be disappointed. The LR5's also sounds great as well. The CC5 is a great match for everything at center except for those sweet tweeters in the 20T.... geez they are that good. biggrin.gif This isn't a bad thing..... I just wish the CC5 had the same tweeter. The 5B's are a little suspect for HT use in my opinion as they have trouble keeping up with the other speakers and fail when pushed hard by my big, clean Bryston amps. Overall, I love these speakers and don't plan on moving away from these for a VERY long time.

What Aerial speakers are you running with the 20T's? I will be running 13.2 with LR 9's, CC5 below and above screen, Thiel Powerpoints as heights and I just need to fill in Ear level sides and back. As you said the 5B's don't cut it. The LR5's are nice but they take up so much floor area. I was going to use the CC3C's vertically for the ear level sides and back but still have some reservation about that.
post #1116 of 1261
I've been using the CC5 as the center, 20Ts as mains, LR5's as wides, 5Bs as heights, SR3's as side surrounds, 4 x SW12's for subs, and DEf Tech BPVX's as rear surrounds. I can't imagine using LR5s as wides in a room smaller than mine (18.5 ft wide). Yes, 5Bs aren't big enough for the big sounds of HT. Not sure what I would change it to though. Still, the overall sound in my theater is AMAZING!!! I love my Aerials. Just my opinion.
post #1117 of 1261
Aerial still has some of the original Model 6's available. From what my dealer told me about 20 pairs. They are front ported and can be placed close to the wall. Might be worth a look.smile.gif
post #1118 of 1261
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Originally Posted by Class A View Post

Aerial still has some of the original Model 6's available. From what my dealer told me about 20 pairs. They are front ported and can be placed close to the wall. Might be worth a look.smile.gif

Those might be a very good option, much smaller foot than the LR5's....Thanks
post #1119 of 1261
Alternatively there are some LR3's on Audiogon that would be just the ticket!
post #1120 of 1261
There are a pair of model 6's on Audiogon on page 8 under Full Range speakers. smile.gif
post #1121 of 1261
The Cinepro I purchased experienced damage in shipping, therefore, I have decided to send it back for a refund.

I now have two contenders for an amplifier to power my three Aerial LR5's: A new Theta Dreadnaught III with the 250/450 watt modules, or, a new Parasound Halo A31.

Does anyone have any comments on either of the above to help me with my decision?
post #1122 of 1261
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Originally Posted by Class A View Post

Aerial still has some of the original Model 6's available. From what my dealer told me about 20 pairs. They are front ported and can be placed close to the wall. Might be worth a look.smile.gif

Great suggestion, I just ordered 2 pair for ear level side and back, they should timbre match perfectly with my Aerial 9's. Thanks
post #1123 of 1261
I've lived with the Aerials for a good many years and my recent addition of the SR3s to the sides and pushing the 5s to the rears making for a 7.1 system is one of the best things I have done. Just love it. More and more Blue Rays are coming out with 7.1 audio tracks and it does make a difference.
post #1124 of 1261
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Originally Posted by LJG View Post

Great suggestion, I just ordered 2 pair for ear level side and back, they should timbre match perfectly with my Aerial 9's. Thanks
Very easy speaker to place. Just give them some time to break in.smile.gif
post #1125 of 1261
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Originally Posted by Aerialsound View Post

"The 6T is here. Went to the first demo of the Aerial 6T at Audio Video Therapy tonight and Michael Kelly was there to present the speaker. Height wise it is the same as the 7T. But it is about 2/3rd the size by width and depth. Weighs about 70lbs. The tweeter is the same but the drivers on the mid range and bass are smaller. Basically if you add a quality sub you'll get pretty close to the 7T. Cost is about $6000. Another bit of news he is coming out w/a new center the CC-4. It will come in two versions. The standard one you can put on a stand or table and a second version that you can mount on a wall. New rears are down the maybe a year or more. The evening was lots of fun w/demos from B&W their new CM10, Parasound,Paradigm and Wolf Cinema. Plus plenty of food and drink.smile.gif"

Food and Drink...love that!! If the 6T is that close and a few grand less than the 7T then do you think the 7T sales would be impacted? The timbre for the CC-4 and upcoming surrounds should be the same. The CC-5 in the used market now is a tough one to beat. I personally am still staying with the CC-5 and the SR-3. If however one plans to buy all new then the 6T/7T plus the CC-4 and new surrounds would be the best combo, I'm guessing.

I had the original 7B/CC3/SR3 with Proceed AVP/AMP5 (theta along the way) and let me say it was a seamless system. I am now looking for my final system and it is good to hear Aerial updating their product line.

AerialSound_

I believe I read where you have a simaudio titan amp powering your aerials.

Between the Proceed, Theta, and Titan, which one proved to be the best match for your Aerials? Was it because of the power or signature of the amp?

Thanks,
David
post #1126 of 1261
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Originally Posted by jdlynch View Post

AerialSound_

I believe I read where you have a simaudio titan amp powering your aerials.

Between the Proceed, Theta, and Titan, which one proved to be the best match for your Aerials? Was it because of the power or signature of the amp?

Thanks,
David



I Still have the Sim Audio Titan. It is a great match with the Cardas Clear Light speaker cable and the Cardas Clear interconnect to my Classe SSP 800. The Theta were hookup to the Aerial in this same configuration. I had the Aragon 4004 Mark I briefly, And that was quite nice for the price 500-600 dollars. And That had a lot of bass Authority with the setup. The Llanno which I sold years ago for the Theta was very mellow using the 6922 Siemens. The Proceed was coupled to a Proceed AVP and used Nordost SPM interconnects and Accoustic Zen Satori was a pretty nice in a HT setup. I had some finacial issues and rebought another AVP down the road and the AMP5. So that should say something.

My personal preference is the Sim Audio because it was the most musical without the harshness that the Theta deliver on some Live tracks. The early Sim products are much nicer ...especially the W5 amps. The warm sounding Llano Trinity( they are long gone now) ... i just didn;t want to hold onto a product that was no longer supported or easliy repaired. It was never harsh. The Sim is built like a Tank. I felt the Proceed construction wad great and the longevity of the components was a hit or miss. The Theta are the most attractive and well built like the Sim Audio. I cant complain about either builds. The Theta sound is not as musical as the Sim, But I am spitting hairs. I love the Sim and if I had to would choose the Theta as the second best. BTW: BAT makes a very nice product but lots of $$$. Hope this helps.


If you plan to pair the new 6t or 7t...I would go with Sim Audio. It would have the best synergy.
Edited by Aerialsound - 1/16/14 at 8:24pm
post #1127 of 1261
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Originally Posted by Aerialsound View Post

I Still have the Sim Audio Titan. It is a great match with the Cardas Clear Light speaker cable and the Cardas Clear interconnect to my Classe SSP 800. The Theta were hookup to the Aerial in this same configuration. I had the Aragon 4004 Mark I briefly, And that was quite nice for the price 500-600 dollars. And That had a lot of bass Authority with the setup. The Llanno which I sold years ago for the Theta was very mellow using the 6922 Siemens. The Proceed was coupled to a Proceed AVP and used Nordost SPM interconnects and Accoustic Zen Satori was a pretty nice in a HT setup. I had some finacial issues and rebought another AVP down the road and the AMP5. So that should say something.

My personal preference is the Sim Audio because it was the most musical without the harshness that the Theta deliver on some Live tracks. The early Sim products are much nicer ...especially the W5 amps. The warm sounding Llano Trinity( they are long gone now) ... i just didn;t want to hold onto a product that was no longer supported or easliy repaired. It was never harsh. The Sim is built like a Tank. I felt the Proceed construction wad great and the longevity of the components was a hit or miss. The Theta are the most attractive and well built like the Sim Audio. I cant complain about either builds. The Theta sound is not as musical as the Sim, But I am spitting hairs. I love the Sim and if I had to would choose the Theta as the second best. BTW: BAT makes a very nice product but lots of $$$. Hope this helps.


If you plan to pair the new 6t or 7t...I would go with Sim Audio. It would have the best synergy.

Thanks Aerial for the response. Your well written explanation is just exactly the information I was looking for.
post #1128 of 1261

I just purchased a used pair of Aerial Acoustic 5s, (Already own a pair of 5Bs ) and was curious if anyone has used them with a Sonos Connect Amp.  Is the Sonos 55 Watts enough to power these 4 ohm speakers?

post #1129 of 1261
I was wondering if anybody could comment on what speaker cables they are using with the 7t's, I'm thinking I would like to upgrade as I am a little disappointed in the Canare cables that I bought, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I see guys finding all of these speakers, how about finding me a cc5 in the cheery finish!


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post #1130 of 1261
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Originally Posted by Whitl View Post

I was wondering if anybody could comment on what speaker cables they are using with the 7t's, I'm thinking I would like to upgrade as I am a little disappointed in the Canare cables that I bought, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I see guys finding all of these speakers, how about finding me a cc5 in the cheery finish


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I have been told my many Aerial users, including those with 7t's, that they use Cardas clear light speaker cables. I am not qualified to give you an opinion on these as I have never heard them, and, probably never will as they are well above what I am willing to pay for cables.

Also, I was told that Aerial uses Cardas for the wiring inside their speakers.
post #1131 of 1261
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Originally Posted by KECN View Post

I just purchased a used pair of Aerial Acoustic 5s, (Already own a pair of 5Bs ) and was curious if anyone has used them with a Sonos Connect Amp.  Is the Sonos 55 Watts enough to power these 4 ohm speakers?
I tried the same thing - did not work well for me. I think the Sonos Connect Amp is a nice product but is meant for more efficient speakers. I went from the Sonos to a HK AVR with 100 WPC (stereo) and it was a noticeable improvement. The 5s just don't sound the way they they can with that Sonos amp.

While I'm here, a few other questions for everybody:

1. KECN mentioned having 5s and 5Bs. Can he or somebody else give me a comparison between the two. I love my 5s, but wonder if I should move them to HT rears eventually and get some 5Bs for my small 2-channel system.

2. Is there anything I could reasonably use for HT side speakers in place of Aerial SR3s? I had them previously, and am kicking myself for selling them (downsized to place where I could not have an HT). Now moving back to a larger place and need surround speakers. A couple of weeks back I saw that HK had Revel S30s on closeout for $800. Those were temping, but I really want the SR3s. Worst case I can go with some direct radiating speakers until I find a part of Aerials.

3. Moving in a few weeks and going to set up my two channel system again (Aerial 5s) in addition to an HT. I typically run my 5s with an Acurus DIA-100 and it sounds just fine. I'd rather having something with a remote and am considering giving the Acurus to one of the kids for a starter system. So if I wanted to buy something used and fairly inexpensive, what are some recommendations? I'm thinking Arcam, NAD or Rotel. Is there something I'm overlooking?
post #1132 of 1261

Thanks for the reply and informative information preventing me from making this mistake.  I'll likely look to using a Sonos Connect (no Amp) along with a Peachtree Nova125 or similar in my office.

 

Haven't received the used 5s yet, expect delivery within a week.  Look to compare them then.  I really like the 5Bs. Just as the reviews suggest the bass is tight but not too explosive.  If you require some boom in your life it would benefit to take advantage of a subwoofer.  Also, as with any speaker, placement in the room is key to achieve the most pleasing sound in my small house.  I drive the 5Bs with an Onkyo M-504, 165 watts at 8ohms.  Plenty of power for these 4 ohm speakers.  I've had this amp for 28 years and it pleasing to my ear.  Use the Sonos Connect which I purchased after upgrading to a Playbar for the internal Sony XBR7 TV speakers.  I like the simplicity and functions available in the Sonos system.

 

Good luck on the Home Theater Rip!

post #1133 of 1261
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Originally Posted by KECN View Post

Thanks for the reply and informative information preventing me from making this mistake.  I'll likely look to using a Sonos Connect (no Amp) along with a Peachtree Nova125 or similar in my office.

Haven't received the used 5s yet, expect delivery within a week.  Look to compare them then.  I really like the 5Bs.
Agree on the Sonos. It's gets some flac (pun intended) from audiophiles for supporting only 16/44, but it works well and allows everybody in my house better access to their music. No point in having a great system if it goes unused. My listening is way up since I added Sonos.
post #1134 of 1261
Okay let's try another approach, would any of those with 7t's happen to be using audioquest rocket 88 speaker cables, or perhaps something else you might recommend, any help would be greatly appreciated.


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post #1135 of 1261
I have been happily using Aerial speakers for about 9 years. I have 10T mains, CC3 center, 5 surrounds, Odyssey and Sherbourn amps, about 200 watts per channel. DIY subs and DIY speaker cables. These speakers are superb for music, which I barely listen to, and home theater, which is 99% of my use. I may in the future build some DIY high quality, high efficiency speakers to compare, but I feel no need to change anything. My opinion of Aerial is they are super quality and fly under the radar.
post #1136 of 1261
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Originally Posted by RippyD View Post

I tried the same thing - did not work well for me. I think the Sonos Connect Amp is a nice product but is meant for more efficient speakers. I went from the Sonos to a HK AVR with 100 WPC (stereo) and it was a noticeable improvement. The 5s just don't sound the way they they can with that Sonos amp.

While I'm here, a few other questions for everybody:

1. KECN mentioned having 5s and 5Bs. Can he or somebody else give me a comparison between the two. I love my 5s, but wonder if I should move them to HT rears eventually and get some 5Bs for my small 2-channel system.

2. Is there anything I could reasonably use for HT side speakers in place of Aerial SR3s? I had them previously, and am kicking myself for selling them (downsized to place where I could not have an HT). Now moving back to a larger place and need surround speakers. A couple of weeks back I saw that HK had Revel S30s on closeout for $800. Those were temping, but I really want the SR3s. Worst case I can go with some direct radiating speakers until I find a part of Aerials.

3. Moving in a few weeks and going to set up my two channel system again (Aerial 5s) in addition to an HT. I typically run my 5s with an Acurus DIA-100 and it sounds just fine. I'd rather having something with a remote and am considering giving the Acurus to one of the kids for a starter system. So if I wanted to buy something used and fairly inexpensive, what are some recommendations? I'm thinking Arcam, NAD or Rotel. Is there something I'm overlooking?

Try to find a Aragon 4004 on A..gon. They show up occasionally for 500-600 used. They make new ones that cost more.
post #1137 of 1261
For the 6t/7t, It depends on your budget like any thing else. Also, what are your other components. When marrying speaker/interconnects to the 7t it comes down to synergy and your personal preference. If you want a 'clear sound' cables the Cardas Clear(light) or Transparent music links are both very nice. A step down from those can be the Golden reference(Which you may or may not like). Give Cardas a call and they can make some good recommendations for you. Acoustic Zen are very nice speaker/interconnect. I would go with the satori speaker cables and the Matrix interconnects to start--- The owner of AZ can give you some recommendations.. They won't set you back too far. After that you can go with the Cardas Clear or Transparent later. with a higher budget.

I personally have the Cardas clear interconnects and the Cardas clear light speaker cables. I am satisfied with this setup. Although, I have them on my Rockports Atria ... if I had the Aerial 7t I would use the same setup.

I had the DH-LAB t-14 and TMC interconnect(from Austraila). It was a decent setup for under 4-500 bucks for 3 channels.

Summation:
<500 DH-LAB t-14(speaker) and TMC interconnect
<1000 Acoustic Zen satori(speaker) and matix(interconnects) <=== Best 'budget' value setup for me
<3000 Cardas Clear/Cardas clear(speaker) light(interconnects) <=== My setup
<5000 Transparent <=== If you got money

Classe 800 SSP
Sim Audio Titan
Rockport Atria
Aerial Acoustic cc5
Edited by Aerialsound - 1/22/14 at 11:05am
post #1138 of 1261
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Originally Posted by Aerialsound View Post

Try to find a Aragon 4004 on A..gon. They show up occasionally for 500-600 used. They make new ones that cost more.
Could not agree more. smile.gif Have been looking for these for a while. I like the Bryston amps as well, but they're more expensive. My only concern with the 4004 is the age, and if the caps are holding up.

Currently have an Aragon 8008x3 and a Citation 7.1 (which is a 4 channel amp). The Aragon seems bias toward Class A far more than the Citation. The Citation has 12v triggers, which is nice for HT.
post #1139 of 1261
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Originally Posted by RippyD View Post

Could not agree more. smile.gif Have been looking for these for a while. I like the Bryston amps as well, but they're more expensive. My only concern with the 4004 is the age, and if


Currently have an Aragon 8008x3 and a Citation 7.1 (which is a 4 channel amp). The Aragon seems bias toward Class A far more than the Citation. The Citation has 12v triggers, which is nice for HT.


That is a nice configuration.

I sold the Aragon 4004 due to age. But would have been happy to keep it. The Bryston have a great warranty and marry well with the Aerials. The Citation are still nice. Lots of bottom punch...ht should be rocking. Another one is the old CLASSE amps not the new 5200 or 5300 amps. Those come up occasionally. The Aragon is my favorite out of the bunch even if it is 10+ yrs old. When you hear it you wonder why buy anything else? For the money it is a no brainer, if you can find one. But I love the Sim Audio Titan or W5. They don;'t stay up on Agon very long unless they really jack up the price. Really no reason to buy amps NEW. They really haven't changed much over the years.
Edited by Aerialsound - 1/22/14 at 2:14pm
post #1140 of 1261
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Originally Posted by Aerialsound View Post

They really haven't changed much over the years.
You're poking the Class D beehive with a stick. wink.gif
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