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post #201 of 1088 Old 10-20-13, 04:26 PM
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Wow this sounds like a GREAT idea! I am new to all of the crazy parts and all that goes into these speaker setups. I appreciate good sound but don't know what it takes to get there. I've got a few thousand into my setup and thought it was a fortune until finding this forum and it making me feel like an idiot. I don't know what half of the charts and jargon means but it would be awesome to go check out a big event like this and get to see some real setups. Way cool and I'm jealous that I'm so far away!
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post #202 of 1088 Old 10-20-13, 04:45 PM
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Re: The Official $2,500 Speaker Evaluation / Home Audition Event

Looks like a great line up of speakers and equipment (the Onkyo was my 2nd choice after the Marantz AV8801 I ended up with).

Really looking forward to how sensitive the speakers are to placement. I need very forgiving speakers for my system due to sidewall proximity.

Loved the $1000 challenge, so I see no reason why I won't like this one just as well.

Thanks for the great work guys! It should help some of us avoid doing this:

Marantz AV8801 pre/pro
Arcam P1000 amp
Oppo BDP-95 blu ray player
ATC SCM-19 v2 L&R speakers
B&W LCR6 center speaker
B&W CDS6 surround speakers
Velodyne SPL-1000 Subs (2)
VTI speaker stands for L&R speakers
Sony XBR65x850a 4K
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post #203 of 1088 Old 10-20-13, 04:53 PM
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Re: The Official $2,500 Speaker Evaluation / Home Audition Event

I was surprised on the speaker that won the first shootout. I just wished that these shootouts were happening last year when I was looking for speakers. This way I could of looked at other speakers that I couldn't listen to. These shootouts is great for people looking at upgrading their speakers keep up the good work.
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Re: The Official $2,500 Speaker Evaluation / Home Audition Event

It looks like someone has done their homework! I wish I could have done something like this when I was on my quest for new speakers, in this exact price range. I had to do it the hard way, (6 months of the hard way)-one listen at a time and a lot of travel-but the journey was fun, and I got to meet some wonderful people, some which I can still call "friend" today. Also along the way, I was able to bring my Wife into the hunt so now we both have a memory we can enjoy. I look forward to your results.

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post #205 of 1088 Old 10-20-13, 05:17 PM
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Re: The Official $2,500 Speaker Evaluation / Home Audition Event

First time to this thread and I was blown away by the initial image showing the set-up! I have a much more humble system and was instantly jealous. I look forward to the results of the tests and the methods used.
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I am curious as to how the ARX's from the $1000 shoot out will compare. $2500 is a lot more money and I am sure will buy a better speaker but how much better is the big question for me in this shoot out?
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post #207 of 1088 Old 10-20-13, 05:58 PM
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Re: The Official $2,500 Speaker Evaluation / Home Audition Event

Impressive collection of speakers you have assembled. I'll be looking forward to the results. I read with interest the $1000 audition/shootout thread, and I think you guys did a great job of differentiating between all of the speakers assembled.

This audition should be a great event as well, but will probably be a much tougher task for you, as i'm sure the differences in measured performance will be slight, but each speaker will continue to sound a bit different, and reveal the biases of their manufacturer, and the preferences of the listener.

Moving them all around will probably do a number on your back too. Some of these look pretty hefty. Good luck with the event, I am looking forward to the write-up.
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post #208 of 1088 Old 10-20-13, 06:34 PM
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Re: The Official $2,500 Speaker Evaluation / Home Audition Event

As many others have stated, I’d love to join in the fun of auditioning this lineup of speakers. It’s cool that such a wide range of designs is in the mix, but it is going to pose a bit of a challenge to set up each pair as they require for their best performance. As a Maggie owner, I can attest to their finicky disposition with respect to placement and room treatments. Regardless, I have faith that the HTS team members will do all they can to perform meaningful evaluations/comparisons. I look forward to the results and really wish I could crash that party!
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post #209 of 1088 Old 10-20-13, 07:19 PM
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Re: The Official $2,500 Speaker Evaluation / Home Audition Event

I too would love to be there but seeing as i'm nowhere near there i'll just have to wait for the results to be reported on in here.[should be an interesting read]
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Re: The Official $2,500 Speaker Evaluation / Home Audition Event

What makes this evaluation event so special and valuable for me is the inclusion of 3 panel/dipole speakers versus 3 traditional models. I am very interested to learn if a preference trend emerges from this 50/50 design split. Might guess that the dipoles are favored for stereo music and the traditionals for HT?
Most other evaluations I have seen may just include one dipole model as "the odd man out"!
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