I've been an Aerial Acoustics owner since 1997:
1997: Four Aerial 10Ts and CC3 center speaker.
2000-2001: Replaced CC3 with new CC5 center speaker. Added three Aerial SW12 subwoofers.
2008: Replaced four Aerial 10Ts with four Aerial 9s.
2014: Replaced four Aerial 9s and CC5 with five Aerial 7ts (I have 12' high ceiling in my theatre, moved my new 2.40 168" wide screen just over the height of the 7ts!) (Sorry, luv Aerial, but replaced the three SW12 subwoofers with two JL Audio Fathom f212 subwoofers!)
NOW: Back in 1997 when I built my theatre, Dolby Digital and DVDs were just coming in! 5.1 was KING! And I replaced my then Citation 7.0 analog SSP (with Theta Digital Generation VA stereo DAC) with the new Theta Digital Casablanca SSP! With floorstanding speakers, I have held off changing this and moving to a 7.1 system with side and rear surrounds because for some years few blu rays had more than 5.1 soundtracks. But in the past few years with Dolby Atmos, DTS-X and even Auro-3D, this has changed, as the base layer for these "effects" soundtracks is now 7.1. I just sold and replaced my beloved Theta Digital Casablanca IV-A SSP (with 2 Extreme D-3 DAC cards, 12 channels total, of which I've been using the past 1.5 years 5.4.1 channels - chaining my two subwoofers for the .1 channel, and four in ceiling KEF Ci200RR-THX speakers.
I replaced my Theta Digital CBIV-A SSP with a Trinnov Altitude 32 with 16 channels. I am seriously thinking of selling my surround pair of Aerial 7ts and buying two pairs of Aerial 7LCRs for side and rear surrounds. What's great about the 7LCRs is they can be mounted horizontally, then they are 38" wide, above my component racks on the left side, above my blu ray/DVD/CD racks on the right side, at about 8' high (12' ceilings), and tilted/angled at listener a bit, and per Michael Kelly this will work and sound great!!! And if I decide to move from this big house in my retirement I can then take all the Aerial speakers with [email protected]
With a 7.1 base, and a Trinnov SSP that has plenty of channels so I can run the subs separate instead of chaining them, I will have a 7.4.2 system using 13 channels. This gives me three more channels to use with my Trinnov for more speakers for Auro-3D etc which I assume would be front wide speakers and the
"Voice of God" top speaker unique for Auro-3D! The question is whether to just get 3 more of the KEF in ceiling speakers, or as I am already prewired for the four existing KEF in ceiling speakers, simply get 7 new speakers for these effects speakers, and which speakers to get.
I have discussed this with Michael Kelly of Aerial. I was interested in the 5ts for this, but Michael is so honest and forthright and stated outright that the 5ts need to be at least about 2 feet out from the wall so they could breathe.
A friend suggested that I keep my surround pair of Aerial 7ts and simply use them as front wide speakers. I have plenty of room up front to do this and under my screen. But this seems like overkill and overexpense to me as I will use the sale of this pair of 7ts to help finance purchasing the 7LCRs! Now at a bit more reasonable price I guess I could perhaps do a pair of Aerial 5ts for front wide speakers!! (Scary thought!)
Ideas and thoughts, anyone?