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Over at Home Theater Shack, Sonnie and crew did a massive evaluation of $1,000/pair tower speakers and the ARX A5 won.


Speakers in the evaluation:


Magnepan MG12,

Tekton Model Lore,

Vandersteen 2Ce,

Focal Chorus 716v,

HTD Level THREE,

MartinLogan Motion 12,

Klipsch RF-62 ll,

Arx A5



The write-up is massive. I haven't read it all, but this was a major undertaking. See all the results at:
http://www.hometheatershack.com/forums/two-channel-audio/69421-official-1-000-speaker-evaluation-home-audition-event-results.html


Edit: P.S. Please ignore commsysman's comments below. He can't read, isn't telling the truth, and seems to have an axe to grind.
 

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Very comprehensive review.


Interesting that all of those speakers could have benefited from subs at 80hz in that room. Just some more than others.
 

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First of all, the ARX speakers came in NEXT TO LAST in that test, with only 5% of the subjects voting for them. This is obvious to anyone who reads the test results.


This does not surprise me; they suck compared to the top speakers in the group, which each received around 20% of the vote.


The people who did that test certainly thought so too. How you can look at those results and think the ARX speakers were anything but the WORST escapes me!


The Vandersteen, Focal and Klipsch speakers were actually the top-rated speakers according to the test result.


Also I would like to know where you can buy Vandersteen 2Ce speakers for $1000? The price is $2595 per pair. They are IMO the best speakers in your list, by far. Anyone that thinks the ARX speakers are even close needs a hearing test.


IMO the best speakers you can buy for anything close to $1000 per pair are the PSB Image T6 speakers, which run $1395 per pair. I had them for two years and nothing comes close in that price range.


Both The Absolute Sound and Stereophile claim they are the best in their class and have made them their speakers for "Recommended System" articles.


The ARX speakers are a VERY inferior product for their price, which is exactly what these test results show.
 

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Originally Posted by commsysman  /t/1489666/results-of-1-000-tower-speaker-evaluation#post_23712930


First of all, the ARX speakers came in NEXT TO LAST, with only 5% of the subjects voting for them. This is obvious to anyone who reads the test results.


This does not surprise me; they suck compared to the top speakers in the group, which each received around 20% of the vote.


The people who did that test certainly thought so too. How you can look at those results and think the ARX speakers were anything but the WORST escapes me!


The Vandersteen, Focal and Klipsch speakers were actually the top-rated speakers according to the test result.


Also I would like to know where you can buy Vandersteen 2Ce speakers for $1000? The price is $2595 per pair. They are IMO the best speakers in your list, by far. Anyone that thinks the ARX speakers are even close needs a hearing test.


IMO the best speakers you can buy for anything close to $1000 per pair are the PSB Image T6 speakers, which run $1395 per pair.


Both The Absolute Sound and Stereophile claim they are the best in their class and have made them their speakers for "Recommended System" articles.


The ARX speakers are a VERY inferior product for their price, which is exactly what these test results show.

Maybe you should actually read the thread and the results part.....
 

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I certainly did read the whole thing. Maybe YOU need to.


The results clearly state that only 5.37% of the test subjects voted the ARX the best speaker, while around 20% voted for the Vandersteen, Focal, and Klipsch speakers.


You find that hard to understand?


I find it ridiculous that experienced people could not get the Vandersteens set up properly, since there are ten pages of detailed setup instructions in the Vandersteen manual. Something smells there.


The fact that they decided that the ARX speakers were the ones they would buy is a bad joke. It completely ignores the strongly expessed opinion of the listeners who ranked the speakers.


I have listened to them and they suck. The test panel obviously agreed, since they rated them so low.


The only explanation I can come up with is that the people who made that decision have a vested interest in promoting the ARX speakers.


It is a FACT that the Vandersteen 2 speakers are the best-selling hi-end speaker of all time. Stereophile wrote an article on Vandersteen which documents that fact, if you want to check it out.


Their comments on the Vandersteen sound quality are completely ridiculous It calls the whole article into complete disrepute.


It is like saying that a Porsche 911 accelerates poorly and handles badly; It totally flies in the face of well-documented FACTS!!
 

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Originally Posted by commsysman  /t/1489666/results-of-1-000-tower-speaker-evaluation#post_23712988


I certainly did read the whole thing. Maybe YOU need to.


The results clearly state that only 5.37% of the test subjects voted the ARX the best speaker, while around 20% voted for the Vandersteen, Focal, and Klipsch speakers.


You find that hard to understand?

That was a poll of what forum members thought might win the shootout.


And the article explains the Vandersteens were secondhand for that price so were included in the comparison.


Calm down, take a deep breath, then read the article.
 

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The poll was for the HTS members who were guessing which speaker the tester would end up choosing. Here is the results thread which shows how the ARX and ML were the top two speakers and the ARX was the one the tester ended up preferring.

http://www.hometheatershack.com/forums/two-channel-audio/69421-official-1-000-speaker-evaluation-home-audition-event-results.html


Of course, that does not mean that the ARX is "the best" or superior, just that the person who was running this test ended up preferring those over the others, in his room with his gear.
 
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Originally Posted by commsysman  /t/1489666/results-of-1-000-tower-speaker-evaluation#post_23712988


The fact that they decided that the ARX speakers were the ones they would buy is a bad joke. It completely ignores the strongly expessed opinion of the listeners who ranked the speakers.


I have listened to them and they suck. The test panel obviously agreed, since they rated them so low.

If you paid any attention the votes WAS NOT from the listening panel. It was to enter into the give away contest. It was to vote on what speakers you think might win, before any results was given. After a certain period the polls was closed, those that chose the speaker that Sonnie liked the best would be entered into the raffle/drawing to win a prize.


Sonnie the owner of HTS listened to each speaker exhaustively and chose the Arx A5 which by the way is a fantastic speaker and you obviously never listened to them and would never say they suck.


Its your typical lying that you've been called out on numerous times. Ascend called you out as did many others.
 

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Originally Posted by NewHTbuyer  /t/1489666/results-of-1-000-tower-speaker-evaluation#post_23712981


Maybe you should actually read the thread and the results part.....

Reading all of a document to understand what is being said is overrated. Particularly when the text is not giving you the answer you want
 

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Originally Posted by BarnacleBill  /t/1489666/results-of-1-000-tower-speaker-evaluation#post_23712491


Over at Home Theater Shack, Sonnie and crew did a massive evaluation of $1,000/pair tower speakers and the ARX A5 won.

Notably a $2,000 tube amp was used to power the speakers. Since tube amps color the sound, a solid state amp could have made a difference in the results.


Not trying to say that the ARX are bad, just that most people would not be using a tube amp.
 
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Originally Posted by commsysman  /t/1489666/results-of-1-000-tower-speaker-evaluation#post_23712988


I certainly did read the whole thing. Maybe YOU need to.


The results clearly state that only 5.37% of the test subjects voted the ARX the best speaker, while around 20% voted for the Vandersteen, Focal, and Klipsch speakers.


You find that hard to understand?
"We did it! It was a major undertaking, but we really did it. For the full low down, please see The Official $1,000 Speaker Evaluation / Home Audition Event Thread, which explains the event in detail. To summarize, I was looking for a pair of speakers for my two-channel setup within my dedicated home theater room. I selected 8 speakers that I was interested in hearing and that I was able to obtain for $1,000 or less (plus reasonable shipping) and a panel of four of us got together to evaluate and audition the speakers in my home. We allowed members to vote on the speakers I would select, with those voting correctly being entered into a $500 cash giveaway drawing. Here are the speakers chosen for the event and the final voting results"


Sonnie HTS ^^^^
 

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Originally Posted by cel4145  /t/1489666/results-of-1-000-tower-speaker-evaluation#post_23713185


Notably a $2,000 tube amp was used to power the speakers. Since tube amps color the sound, a solid state amp could have made a difference in the results.


Not trying to say that the ARX are bad, just that most people would not be using a tube amp.

I thought about that myself.


I would be interested in a review where the sound is not colored by the amp.
 

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Originally Posted by StevePMo  /t/1489666/results-of-1-000-tower-speaker-evaluation#post_23713811


commsysman is quiet all of a sudden
I believe it has finally dawned on him that the poll was for forum members to GUESS which speaker would come out on top in the test, NOT the results of the testing.
Would it not be character building, not to mention criticism deflecting, if he would come back and simply apologize for his error?
 
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Originally Posted by Rijax  /t/1489666/results-of-1-000-tower-speaker-evaluation#post_23716591


I believe it has finally dawned on him that the poll was for forum members to GUESS which speaker would come out on top in the test, NOT the results of the testing.
Would it not be character building, not to mention criticism deflecting, if he would come back and simply apologize for his error?

That will never happen, he's known to stir things up in a thread and then just disappear. It would not surprise me to see him bring this back up in another thread later on. But he won't ever acknowledge he was wrong.
 

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^His normal M.O. is to go back and edit his posts and fix his mistakes after they're pointed out.

But in this case, his posts were quoted by others, so he can't do that.


That's why I always quote his posts when responding to him.
 

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TLDR


Came in for the laughs at angry commsysman


OP: Thanks for sharing, I did the most high level review in history and came back here to talk about that the anger in a situation that doesn't call for it by the aforementioned.
 
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I'm pleased that the listening observations, and even the terms used to describe the A5's, are identical to those used by A5 listeners (and me) on TAI's forum over a year ago. I am further impressed because there was no sandbagging and the other loudspeakers are also excellent performers.
 
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Nice test! I'd love to hear the A5's at some point. Be pretty cool to put them next to the e55ti's and see which one I prefer.


Buforod, any idea's of late on if Jon is going make a taller (and wider/deeper I guess) tower at some point. I'd love to see what he can do with a slightly larger tower. As good as the e55ti's sound, they look great too. In my particular setup, anything quite a bit shorter would just look goofy I think. Still...i'd like to hear them!
 
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