Originally Posted by anjunadeep
SDA sounds interesting. Did you hear them, Mark? How were they off axis, like if you had a four seat wide theater would the side seats have any issues? Does it limit the dispersion? Is there a tight sweet spot issue like with electrostatics?
I left debating if I wait another year for my TV upgrade or do it this fall. Thoughts?
I heard them... a lot. At RMAF 2019, I went to the demo room after hours and played whatever I wanted at whatever volume levels I wanted. So I added that to the "formal" demo experience, which does in fact include a segment where listeners are encouraged to leave the center and experience how the effect does travel.
But look, in my experience all speakers that offer incredible imaging do their best work when you are sitting centered. When people talk of ultra-wide sweet spots IMO that is more related to dispersion and whether tonality is maintained. The finely crafted 3D soundstade illusions conjured by these SDAs demand you are a good audiophile and sit on the proper triangle, etc. But having said that, you get great imaging if you are a bit off center, and everything is relative so can fairly say it's better than the imaging you get with another system sitting off center. You get more seating flexibility than with large electrostats, for sure.
Behaviour-wise you would not know that there's anything different about these speakers versus regular high-end towers. THey are, first and foremost, powerful and accurate speakers with HUGE cabinets for the bass section so they have that depth you expect when you spend the bucks.
The TV question is an eternal conundrum. Wait for Black Friday and see if any of the deals brings you to the breaking point, lol. ANyhow, CEDIA is not a TV show you'd need to wait for CES in January to know what 2020 will bring.