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post #31 of 1258
Does anyone know what the switches in the back of the CC3 center channel do? I have the CC3 setup beneath my TV, but just cannot figure out what to do with those switches.
post #32 of 1258
The two switches are environment & Program (as noted in the manual).

Environment at + boosts the mid & treble for incabinet installs and at - reduces the mid & treble when installed away from a wall (eg stand mounted). 0 yields a flat resp.

Program has 0, - and -- the last two of which results in a midrange cut.
post #33 of 1258
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Originally Posted by drhack View Post

The two switches are environment & Program (as noted in the manual).

Environment at + boosts the mid & treble for incabinet installs and at - reduces the mid & treble when installed away from a wall (eg stand mounted). 0 yields a flat resp.

Program has 0, - and -- the last two of which results in a midrange cut.

Thanks. So in my install (CC3 below TV in entertainment center, but closed only from top and back, sides open), I presume I should set both of them both at "0".
post #34 of 1258
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Originally Posted by zakhaku View Post

Thanks. So in my install (CC3 below TV in entertainment center, but closed only from top and back, sides open), I presume I should set both of them both at "0".

This will count as a incabinet install and have some boundary reinforcement - try the + setting.
post #35 of 1258
Hello all. Anyone here have any thoughts on the original Model 8s (not 8Bs) as fronts for a dedicated HT system? Pairing with a CC3. Seems the knock on them was that the bass could be a bit overpowering, but I've got a big, dynamic room and don't mind some extra grunt. Originally wanted to go the 10T route, but could save a bundle on these.

Much obliged.
post #36 of 1258
Aerial 9s here powered by Theta Enterprises. These speakers eat alot of power. I believe you need at least 300w to power them. These speakers are very accurate and fast but......

With that said I am in market for a rosewood sw12 for a little more punch. It would be nice to adjust the sub to my rooms poor acoustics.

Paul
post #37 of 1258
Just reading these posts brings back very fond memories of when I owned Aerial speakers 7 years ago. I had the LR5's and CC5 powered by a Theta Dreadnaught and so far, this has been the best sound I've had at my home. I've owned Revel, B&W and Atlantic Technology and only sold my Aerials because I relocated.

I'm now putting together a home theater system and my choices narrowed down between the Paradigm Studio Reference/or Signatures and the Def Tech Mythos ST's. I don't know why I didn't consider Aerial again especially after the wonderful time I had with them years ago.

The Aerial 9's weren't even made when I purchased the LR5's. Just out of curiosity, how do the Aerial 9's stack up against the LR5's and how do those speakers stack up against the Paradigm S6's or S8's.

My use would be primarily home theater and I could be swayed from the Mythos ST's and Paradigm Signatures. Thanks!
post #38 of 1258
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Originally Posted by JimmyDaves View Post


I'm now putting together a home theater system and my choices narrowed down between the Paradigm Studio Reference/or Signatures and the Def Tech Mythos ST's. I don't know why I didn't consider Aerial again especially after the wonderful time I had with them years ago.

I don't know why either. Since you've had the LR5/CC5 combo in the past - and loved it - why not go with the same?
post #39 of 1258
The 9s have 2 more 7" drivers that spread the bass response so that the overall effect is lower lows and clearer mid bass. Much larger stage as a result.

If you liked your prior Aerials sound, then you will love these 9s. Go take a listen.
post #40 of 1258
Hello All,

Just wanted to chime in as a fellow Aerial Acoustic member.
Current Setup is

Fronts Speaker - 7b
Center Speaker - CC3b
Rears Speaker - NHT Super Ones
Sub - Epik Subwoofer Caliber

Pre/Pro - Integra DTC 9.8
Amp - Theta Digital Intrepid

Regarding the CC3b switch. My current Center is standing in front on my TV on top of a stand. What should the switch be set to on my setup?

Thanks All.
Kenny
post #41 of 1258
Anybody here have a CC3B hanging around looking for a home? Maybe you've been hankerin' for a CC5 upgrade?!

I'm in need of a CC3B. Please PM me if you know of one that's available for purchase. (I check ebay, Audiogon, and Videogon regularly. Not much there right now.)

Thanks.

Mud
post #42 of 1258
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Originally Posted by kcsupratt View Post

Hello All,

Just wanted to chime in as a fellow Aerial Acoustic member.
Current Setup is

Fronts Speaker - 7b
Center Speaker - CC3b
Rears Speaker - NHT Super Ones
Sub - Epik Subwooder Caliber

Pre/Pro - Integra DTC 9.8
Amp - Theta Digital Intrepid

Regarding the CC3b switch. My current Center is standing in front on my TV on top of a stand. What should the switch be set to on my setup?

Thanks All.
Kenny

Nice setup! Do you have the CC3b on a dedicated stand or is it in front of the tv on the TV stand?

Leave the program at 0 and the setting for environment experiment with 0 or -.
post #43 of 1258
Here is a very bad ugly picture of my setup. Excuse the mess

Have a wild kid at home

As you can see the CC3b is on a stand and in front of my Plasma
LL
post #44 of 1258
Mudslide:

PM'ed you
post #45 of 1258
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Originally Posted by kcsupratt View Post

Here is a very bad ugly picture of my setup. Excuse the mess

Have a wild kid at home

As you can see the CC3b is on a stand and in front of my Plasma

Make sure you have 1.5-2ft of space from the backwall and leave the environment switch at 0.
post #46 of 1258
Picked up my Model 8s and CC3 today from their former devoted owner, who is downsizing to Spendor mini-monitors. Damn they're heavy. At least 150lbs a piece in the original boxes. My wife is going to **** a brick. And I don't care.
post #47 of 1258
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Originally Posted by drhack View Post

Make sure you have 1.5-2ft of space from the backwall and leave the environment switch at 0.

Should both switches be a 0?

Thanks
post #48 of 1258
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Originally Posted by kcsupratt View Post

Should both switches be a 0?

Thanks

Yes - keep both the switches at zero.
post #49 of 1258
I'd just like to say that I've been drooling over Aerial Acoustic speakers ever since I first auditioned them. I'm proud to also say that now I'm a full-fledged member of this thread...rather than a wannabe! I just got a nice used set of 7Bs and I'm thrilled. I hope that UPS takes care of them on their way here to their new home.

Any opinions on whether my 120wpc Yamaha will drive them until better amps come along? (I know it's far from ideal.)
post #50 of 1258
Congrats mudslide,

you will find the need for more power.........but enjoy your purchase
post #51 of 1258
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Originally Posted by drhack View Post

The two switches are environment & Program (as noted in the manual).

Environment at + boosts the mid & treble for incabinet installs and at - reduces the mid & treble when installed away from a wall (eg stand mounted). 0 yields a flat resp.

Program has 0, - and -- the last two of which results in a midrange cut.

So I finally got around to playing with the settings. I found the "0" setting to be the most to my liking. The Program - and -- made the speaker sound unbelievably bright. There was an incredible amount of vocal sibilance, I just could not stand it.
post #52 of 1258
Ugh...for those of you not reading Nuance's thread about the search for the perfect speaker, take note that I officially STILL am an Aerial owner wannabe. UPS trashed the packing and shipping of my 7Bs!

Here is one of the many clanks. What a horrible sight on such a lovely piece of equipment. Both speakers were badly damaged.
post #53 of 1258
That is really a depressing sight to behold. I'm assuming it wasn't packed in the factory boxes? Bubble wrap has no place in speaker packaging, IMO. Were they at least double boxed? If it was the shipper's fault, you may have a hard time getting paid on an insurance claim. I feel your pain as if it were my own speakers. So terribly sorry!!!!
post #54 of 1258
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Originally Posted by zombyw00f View Post

That is really a depressing sight to behold. I'm assuming it wasn't packed in the factory boxes? Bubble wrap has no place in speaker packaging, IMO. Were they at least double boxed? If it was the shipper's fault, you may have a hard time getting paid on an insurance claim. I feel your pain as if it were my own speakers. So terribly sorry!!!!

It was poorly wrapped by a UPS contract store. The seller hopefully has taken care of all the issues (as he must as the shipper/insurer). He sold another lovely birdseye maple set using the same shipper that was also trashed. We'll see how much UPS squirms in trying to wiggle out of this.

But pain....yeah h h h
post #55 of 1258
damn.......I'm soooo sorry to hear that Mud.
post #56 of 1258
Are there any Aerial owners in the Vancouver, BC area? Or would anyone know any dealers/stores that carry Aerials around my location?
post #57 of 1258
post #58 of 1258
I'm using a pair of original Aerial 7's with the CC3 center channel. I got great deals on them when Aerial was first introducing their speakers. I run the 7's via a McCormack DNA-2 Deluxe (huge amp...almost 800w RMS into 2 ohms) with JPS speaker cables. I couldn't recommend these with Aerial speakers strong enough. The Aerials really need well over 200w into 8 ohms with power able to double into 4 ohms to really open up the speakers even though I believe the 9's may be a little more sensitive to drive.

I don't really see any input on surrounds. I'm really curious what others are using to match their Aerial fronts if using a different brand for surrounds. I'm currently using an older pair of book shelf KEF's with pretty good results for a lower end speaker compared to the Aerials. I was thinking about upgrading lately. Any recommendations for biggest bang for the buck direct radiating speakers to be used as surround to match Aerial sound in the fronts??? I can't do dipole/bipole in my room.
post #59 of 1258
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Originally Posted by Mudslide View Post

I'd just like to say that I've been drooling over Aerial Acoustic speakers ever since I first auditioned them. I'm proud to also say that now I'm a full-fledged member of this thread...rather than a wannabe! I just got a nice used set of 7Bs and I'm thrilled. I hope that UPS takes care of them on their way here to their new home.

Any opinions on whether my 120wpc Yamaha will drive them until better amps come along? (I know it's far from ideal.)


No way...........Aerials want 200w plus power into 8 ohms that's able to double down into 4 ohms to really open up the speaker. They tend to be power hungry. I would strongly not recommend any receiver drive Aerials.
post #60 of 1258
Not an Aerial owner but I have a few questions about them for you guys as I've heard so many good things about them. If this is strictly for owners mods please move my post, and my apologies. I want to audition some Aerial's but unfortunately the nearest dealer is roughly 2 hours drive away so thought I'd ask here first before committing to a road trip.

1. How does the "Aerial sound" compare to the "ProAc sound"? ProAc's are known for their natural, open, and balanced sound, and so far in my speaker quest are my favorites.

2. How does the model 7B and 6 sounds compare? The model 6 is more in my planned budget but if the 7B are that much more musical to make the price difference worth it then my budget could change.

3. Would anyone know what the relevant speakers in the ProAc line up would be if the ProAc and Aerial line ups were directly compared as far as overall musical quality? (Example: ProAc Studio 140 would be a comparable and fair equivalent to the Aerial Model 6 for comparison... this is of course hypothetical because I have no idea what Aerials sound like yet).

Thanks and again, I'll move the post if it shouldn't belong in this thread.

~ Zen ~
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