Originally Posted by ppfp76
Happy Thanksgiving! I am intrigued on the new A5’s. I was on the original group buy on the first A5 models, back in 2012. I was looking at upgrading my speakers upstairs with A1.5’s and an A2.4. In my basement, my current set up is the original A5, A2rx-C, and A1b’s as the surround, run by Denon AVR-4200W and an Outlaw 5000. Now I’m contemplating moving that whole speaker system upstairs and get the new A5.5’s (A2.4, and A1.5 for surround) for in the basement. Jon / Buford, in your opinion, what would be the largest gain by upgrading from the original A5 to the A5.5. I’m a huge fan of the laid back or neutral sound of these speakers and two years ago, when I went from an Onkyo to a Denon, it was a great move. Adding the Outlaw last year was the cherry on top and I get tons of compliments on the sound quality, and always get “I never heard of those speakers”. Only the diligent know
A5->A5.5. Four generations of development apart.
Well, the hardware is different. You’ve got an improved tweeter in a new waveguide. You’ve got an enhanced midrange driver. You’ve got refined XBL2 SplitGap midwoofers. And you’re getting a completely different (improved) crossover.
What does that sound like? Better dynamic envelope. Better low level detail retrieval. Better detail retrieval at all output levels. More accurate imaging that is wider, deeper, and more discretely stratified among the different perceptual sound sources in a given piece of music. You also get slightly deeper bass tuning.
The 5.5’s are more airy and delicate, but simultaneously even less harsh than the originals (which struck an amazing balance between detail extraction and harshness). Which is to say, the 5.5 is more refined. It’s a net improvement in every area of performance.
For these improvements, you trade a little bit of sensitivity.
The A1.5 and A2.4, with similar design chops, have most of the same enhancements, and most of the same resulting improvements in performance. The A2.4 will also play louder than the A2rx-c before signaling any type of stress. Not that you need that.
I hope this answers your question. Let me know if you want any more specifics.
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