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Re: The Official $2,500 Speaker Evaluation / Home Audition Event

Today is the day you start evaluating the speakers!

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Re: The Official $2,500 Speaker Evaluation / Home Audition Event

OK, here is the playlist we have decided upon for this event:

Artist Album Track Portion Played
Nickel Creek Nickel Creek “Ode to a Butterfly” whole track
B52’s Bouncing Off the Satellites “Ain’t it a Shame” whole track
Nickel Creek Nickel Creek “Reasons Why" whole track
B52’s Good Stuff “Revolution Earth” mixed to mono (center, left, and right) :52 – 1:56
Fourplay Between The Sheets “Chant” Start – 2:00
Flim and the BB’s Tricycle “Tricycle” Start – 1:30
Varied Bluesiana Triangle “Life is a One Way Ticket” 3:45 – 5:15
Varied Bluesiana Triangle “For All We Know” 2:00 – 3:00
Susanna McCorkell No More Blues “Breezin’ Along with the Breeze” 2:00 – 3:00
Rory Block Mama’s Blues “The Spirit Remains” 2:00 – 3:00
Jennifer Warnes / Leonard Cohen...... Famous Blue Raincoat “Joan of Arc” 5:00 – 6:30
Rickie Lee Jones Ricky Lee Jones “The Last Chance Texaco” 1:00 – 2:00
Dire Straits Brothers In Arms “Your Latest Trick” Start – 1:30
Steely Dan Katy Lied “Your Gold Teeth Too” 3:00 – 4:00
Melody Gardot My One and Only Thrill “Baby I’m a Fool” Whole track
Phil Collins Hello I Must Be Going “I Don’t Care Anymore” :30 – 1:00
Jennifer Warnes The Hunter “Way Down Deep” 1:30 – 2:30
Yello Touch “Takla Makan” Start – 2:00
ZZ Ward Til the Casket Drops “Criminal” Start -1:00
Cassandra Wilson Dance to the Drums Again “Dance to the Drummer Again” whole track
Fairfield Four I Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray ...... “These Bones” Start – 1:00
Sonnie's Music (no info) Demo Disc 1 Track 3 Start – 1:00
Nils Lofgren Cry Tough “Keith Don’t Go” (Live) Whole track
Roger Waters Amused to Death “Three Wishes” :30 - :40 and 2:15 – 2:45
Cincinatti Pops Sprach Zarathustra plus Star Trek Main Theme ..... 1:00 – 1:50
  Star Trek- Main Theme (The movie) 0 - 0:35 and 0:45 - 0:55
Todd Rundgren Healing “Healer” 0 - 0:15
Mindy Smith My Holiday “My Holiday” 0:08-0:29
The Shins Port of Morrow “the_rifles_spiral” 0:20-0:30
The Church Starfish “Under the Milky Way” 0:14-0:28
Beth Nielsen Chapman Sand & Water “Beyond the blue” 0:28-0:48
Wailin’ Jennys Firecracker “Glory Bound” 2:50-3:10
Crash Test Dummies CTD “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” 0:35-0:50
Radiohead In Rainbows “Nude” 2:44 – 3:10
Gorillaz Plastic Beach “Some Kind of Nature (feat. Lou Reed)” 0:04-0:48
Radiohead In Rainbows “Weird Fishes” start – 0:22
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So jealous . . .

When you say Wailin' Jennings, you must mean either Waylon Jennings or Wailin' Jennys. If the latter, what track are you using? I mentioned this group in another thread -- looks like maybe someone decided to check it out. What do y'all think?

Edit: The first time the list loaded it only showed artists. After my reply it now shows the tracks . . . Thanks.

Edit two: Looks like you got the track and album reversed on that one.
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Great list! The only one I'd add on would be Keb Mo (one of my personal favorites) but otherwise very nice choices! We're all waiting with baited breath
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So this is what happens to a LSU fan when you send them to BAMA country!
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If there's a way to take some high res shots of each of the speakers fronts/backs/etc and in their listening positions for the evaluation that would be great. Helps us feel more like we're there
We can try, but it is a fairly dark room and may be hard to get them right.


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I would agree, to a point. I think it depends highly on what you use your surround system for. If it's mainly for movies, then I would agree with you that it's much easier to find adequate surround speakers. But if you like to listen to music via 5ch or 7ch, then I would suggest matching your surround speakers the best you can with your mains - especially the center speaker matching.
Excellent point!


We are now reminiscing the sound of the Arx A5's... exhilarating to say the least.

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So jealous . . .

When you say Wailin' Jennings, you must mean either Waylon Jennings or Wailin' Jennys. If the latter, what track are you using? I mentioned this group in another thread -- looks like maybe someone decided to check it out. What do y'all think?

Edit: The first time the list loaded it only showed artists. After my reply it now shows the tracks . . . Thanks.

Edit two: Looks like you got the track and album reversed on that one.
Thanks Bryan - can you tell it was 3am when I put the list together?

It is Wailin's Jennys - and I applied the correction.
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It's the country side down here in Alabama that is causing him to think redneck country music, thus Waylon Jennings came to his mind while typing.

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Being in Alabama + 3 am = Wailin Jennings. Got it!

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We are now reminiscing the sound of the Arx A5's... exhilarating to say the least.
One of the most interesting potential thoughts to come out of this for me might be how much better the $2500 speakers are compared to the A5. You're looking at 3 - 4 times the price, but I seriously doubt the sound will be 3 - 4 times better. How much performance are you giving up by staying with something like the Arx A5 instead of the $2500 price class. Can the A5, for example, give you 90% (or whatever %) of the performance for 1/3 the price? For many, myself possibly included, that is a good proposition. And for others, paying 3 times as much is totally worth it for another 25% perceived improvement in sound quality.
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Re: The Official $2,500 Speaker Evaluation / Home Audition Event

Obviously I cannot say conclusively because I have not heard all of the speakers yet, but there does almost seem to be somewhat of a level of diminishing returns. For the money, the Arx A5's are incredible, and that may very well be becoming more evident as we continue. Perhaps the A5's are seriously underpriced. It also makes me wonder just how much better are the ML Motion 40's over the Motion 12's, if there is supposed to be an improvement. What a bargain folks got with those 12's after they were discontinued.

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Re: The Official $2,500 Speaker Evaluation / Home Audition Event

I am really happy with the mix of tracks we have. Lot's of great stuff to listen to with a range of types of instrumentation, recording techniques, and styles.

And yes, I am still enamored with the Arx5. It does a great job for the price. There will be some improvements I am sure, but as Sonnie says, they are not likely proportional to the price difference.

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