Originally Posted by Roger Dressler
I'm curious about your experience with the CC5. When you say it could not keep up, how was the sound inadequate? Was the amp clipping? Or if not clipping, was it distorting just prior to clip?
How did the sound change after bi-amping?
After I posted my thoughts I kind of figured someone would ask me this. Glad it was you though Roger, I really respect your opinions when I read your post.
As I put in the last paragraph of my comments, I think it was more to do with having the left and right speakers being on bigger amp/amps. I think if the CC5 had been on a matching amp then I would have been fine.
To answer your question directly though, no I never felt that the amp was clipping or did I feel it was distorting. I merely felt that it lagged behind in impact and volume. When I bi-amped the CC5 I personelly felt that it helped it out, but I have no measurements or hard evidence to back that up. I can only tell you what my ears where telling me or at least what my brain thought my ears where telling it.
The point that I was mainly trying to get across to Jd was in my opinion the Aerial CC5 and LR5's need amps that can deliver the goods due to there lower sensitivity rating. For me the D-Sonic was a good choice for my center channel and surrounds needs.
One final thing I would like to share. I talked to Lee at Aerial a few years back and he told me that as far as he knew they never had to replace a driver from to much power, only from people pushing there speakers with not enough power. He gave me a example such as trying to push a pair of Model 9's with a 80 watt receiver to high volume levels. He basically said "The more power you can put to them the better, just be careful with that volume knob" I'm pretty sure Lee is no longer with Aerial, but I did enjoy the time I spent talking to him over the phone. After talking to him a few times I went and bought my first pair of Aerial speakers.