Oh wow, I just came across this thread today. I didn't realize there was an eD owners thread in the speaker section. I thought it would be relevant for me to post some of my reviews of the eD speakers. So, here goes the first one!
This Monday (7-26-10), my fiancee and I descended upon eD and took over the demo room for nearly eight full hours. We had come with one mission: to determine once and for all whose towers were the best. The contenders: our current Definitive Technology BP7002's (MSRP: $2398/pr) powered by our Emotiva XPA5 and the Elemental Designs new tower series EL 8.3t (List Price: $2500/pr).
Round one consisted of towers set to small (which is what they would be set back home) with the A7s-650, listening to a full CD or two containing some of our favorite songs, most of which were hand picked to give the EL's a good workout that would let us hear the full gusto they had to offer. We sat in the room, occasionally switching the speaker wires from the DTs to the ELs. The difference was clear, but not clear enough to really decide. We were starving and needed food, so we visited a nice place in Newton called La Cabana. The service was ok, the food was good, and Val's margarita was so good she drank the whole thing.
We returned to eD and resumed our comparison. Five CDs and Blackhawk Down later, we were still unsure what we wanted to do so we did what any smart consumer would do: let the tipsy girl write a pros and cons list.Pros for the ELs were as follows:
handles power better
space free - they could be shoved in a corner and be ok, DT's cannot
hiejhs are bindw (that means highs are kinder)
no external power neededCons for the ELs:
didnt seem as accurate - at moderate listening levels
require break in time
seemed thing (supposed to be thin) - could have been source material. The DT's allow for bass adjustment to adjust to users liking.
mid missing - again, possible source material. We did not feel this way on every songPros for the DTs:
wall of sound - DT's are known for this due to the bipolar design
seem more accurate. - only at moderate to low listening levels, to put it simply, the DT's failed at high volumesCons for the DTs:
need to be plugged in
piercing highs - felt like someone was inserting a pencil in your ear drum
no headroom - they seemed to hit a wall and had nothing else to give
punchy at times
I spent a lot of time dwelling on the fact that the DT's seemed to be more accurate. In the end, it wasn't that they were more accurate, it was that they were brighter on the highs and mids. Something that I had become accustomed to since I have owned them for a few years. At moderate to low listening level, I would rate the DT's just a tad higher than the EL's. The built in sub allows a user to adjust the bass output level. However, that is comparing apples to potatoes because the EL's do not have a built in sub.
The ELs came out on top but only marginally. We decided that we would exhaust our final option, ask Matt to come in and listen, since he had least amount of listening time on them (EL's) at that point. Matt brought the pain. Screaming metal tracks with the DefTechs set to large created the most eardrum shredding sound that even MATT couldn't tolerate it any longer. The louder we got with the DT's the more everything became just one loud screeching sound. The clarity was gone, all that remained was just loud sound. We then hooked the ELs up and what came out of them was nothing short of bliss. Warm, rich mids and clear highs played up the screaming guitars but did not explode any heads. The bottom end was smooth and full, with only the xpa5 running it. The louder the EL's get, the better they sound. They LOVED the extra power from the amp. They easily took the same power we were feeding the DT's and then some. No strain, no loss of clarity, just louder and louder. We were all VERY impressed.
Needless to say, we are going to be purchasing these from eD. And yes, guys, Val WILL bring cupcakes next time too.
There are only two things that I require from a home theater system. One is realistic and accurate sound, and the second is affordability and value coupled with amazing customer service. The ELs have all this and more. I can't wait to get my second 650 and shake my house to pieces. I'll leave you now with some pictures we took.
HULK OUT! (For you Alex)