Originally Posted by xraygun
Have any of you TimeWindow 7 lovers ever found other speakers that give you the same feeling in terms of connection with imaging and substance? I haven't listened to many high-end speakers over the past 10 or 15 years, but remember the only speakers that wowed me more when I finally settled on the TM7s were the JMlab Utopias. I believe they were in the five-figure range in the 90s, and the current models are quite expensive.
Short answer, no, although my experience is limit.
There is a Home Theater/ high-end audio business south of me. They specialize in McIntosh, B&W, Niles, Paradigm, GoldenEar speaker, etc. A few years back I sat and listen to a set of high-end (what else does McIntosh make) speakers and was not wowed. In all fairness, I don’t remember any room treatment like I have. I’ve said before, a good speaker cannot make up for a bad room.
What I can firmly attest to is what the TimeWindows Sevens can do in my room based off of playing stereo vs. matrix decoder (Dolby Pro Logic ll, DTS Neo: 6 – Music, or Dolby Surround) music.
I recently upgraded my pre/pro from an Onkyo PR
-SC5508 (a well regarded unit in it’s price range) to an Anthem AVM 60 (a highly regarded unit in it’s price range). With the Onkyo, stereo always sounded better than Dolby Pro Logic ll. The Dolby Surround mode that the Anthem features is suppose to be a substantial improvement over Pro Logic ll. If you read some of the post in other threads, there are individuals the claim that Dolby Surround breathes new life in their two channel recordings. I have no doubt that it does for them. Again, stereo, to me sounded better. Same for DTS Neo: 6 – Music.
What my take on all this is that maybe their favorable experiences are based off of what their speakers can’t do and the TW7’s can. Again, I’ve said this before also, the TW7’s can image and throw a sound field like nothing I’ve heard before. What Dolby Pro Logic ll, DTS Neo: 6 – Music, or Dolby Surround try to do is expand Stereo to Surround. They force information into the center channel and surrounds. This is beneficial if your speakers can’t image well and/or throw a decent sound field. The TimeWindows Sevens don’t need any help.
Vocals are much cleaner in stereo; sound stage is expansive, end of story.
P.S. With the Anthem and ARC I can run the Seven's full range with no subwoofer with music again.