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post #571 of 1075 Old 11-04-13, 03:59 PM
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Re: The Official $2,500 Speaker Evaluation / Home Audition Event

Although the ~$2500 speakers would be much closer to my price range if I could justify buying new speakers, I'm definitely more excited to read about the Seaton system I will of course enjoy reading about all the speakers you had though.
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I too wondered about the lack of any metal music, but I am satisfied with the Admins answer. Although definitely not metal, I have often demo'd Rush's Limelight. There is something about the bass track near the end of this song. With the right speakers it will magically suck you into the music and not let go. With other speakers the song is completely dead and boring. Also near the end of the track is a very long sustain of a high pitched guitar note. You won't really notice it until you do. On some speakers this pitch will rip your ears off, and on others it just blends in. I also really like to demo cuts from the Judas Priest video "Rising in the East". The filmography and audio production is superb. There is something about being able to watch a guitarist play the fret board and simultaneously hear it. There are many places in this video where with the right speakers, the incredibly tight synchronization that this band creates between dual guitars, bass and drums is just so awesome and powerful and the video is just right there on the fret boards and drum kit. With the wrong speakers, well it just does not delineate all this music nearly so well. I have played "Rising in the East" on Magnepan's 1.7 and the speakers were just dead and lifeless. I hear synergy is everything with Magnepans, but still I am left seriously wondering. One thing I am often curious about is that I have heard say AC/DC Back in Black or Slayer Seasons in the Abyss on some high end home audio equipment and it really didn't sound all that good, like perhaps the recordings are not so great. I have heard CDs that sound much better on this equipment. Yet if you play this stuff in a night club or in your car it usually sounds great. Perhaps, it is really the bass quality of some of these high end speakers not really being that good. Multiple 6 and 7" drivers just don't sound like 12s and 15s. Oh, I should mention the first cut of "Rising in the East", "Electric Eye" is not mixed well. Its typical of a Judas Priest show. The sound doesn't get dialed in until about the 3rd song.
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Re: The Official $2,500 Speaker Evaluation / Home Audition Event

So how does this work... The first round is done now. Does this mean you will be doing the next round next weekend or will it be after we have heard the results of this round? This was definitely a huge undertaking by the Staff of HTS, and I for one am anxious to hear the results!

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

The next round will likely be in February.

We will be working on getting this round's results up over the next couple of weeks. It is a LOT of work putting it all together, but as we get each speaker evaluation competed, we will post it.

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The next round will likely be in February. We will be working on getting this round's results up over the next couple of weeks. It is a LOT of work putting it all together, but as we get each speaker evaluation competed, we will post it.
When do you sleep! Lol! In all seriousness looking forward to the outcome of this evaluation. I know you guys stated it's not a shootout per say, but will you guys be offering your preference as to what your favorite speakers were in the write ups?
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I honestly did not have a favorite myself. I liked several of them and could live with just about any of them. I would probably only toss one in that group, but that doesn't mean it is not a great speaker, it just means it is not what I would want.

I think Wayne may have thought he had a favorite until we did a little blind comparison tonight between two speakers and he was surprised by the outcome.

I do not plan to get rid of my A5's anytime soon... they are seriously under-priced, although they do not have quite the low-end extension most of these do, they are not far off.

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I can't wait to read the results. Awesome job!
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Slayer Seasons in the Abyss on some high end home audio equipment and it really didn't sound all that good, like perhaps the recordings are not so great.
Seasons In The Abyss sounds phenomenal on my MartinLogan ElectroMotion ESL's. I have the remastered version from around 1998 (I've heard there's a newer remaster that's brick walled) though so that might be the difference. It's one of the few metal discs I can refer to as having good sound quality IMO. Metal isn't usually known for good sound quality so I can understand why it's probably not represented in shootouts like this. I'm also probably one of the few MartinLogan owners who's preferred genre is metal LOL.
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I have Prodigy's and listen to some metal, although not a terrible lot. I like Shinedown pretty well... have a recording of them in concert and own their Sound Of Madness CD. I also really like Led Zeppelin, although it ain't quite the same as today heavy metal, it can definitely get heavy on some songs.

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One discovery I have made since preparing for this evaluation, starting back a few weeks ago when breaking some of the speakers in, is Dire Straits. Not that I was not familiar with Dire Straits... I have always liked their popular hits, Money For Nothing, So Far Away, Industrial Disease, Skateaway, Walk Of Life, etc. Yet, never owned an album or listened to any of their other stuff until I decided to pick up the Brothers In Arms Hybrid SACD - DSD from MFSL. I was quite surprised at several of the other tracks and just how good they are. I liked them so much I have now purchased 4 more of their albums (Original Master Recordings on Amazon... some are very inexpensive). I can listen to their stuff for days and never get tired of it. Talk about some awesome sounding music... it indeed qualifies.
Way back in the beginning of this thread, I was going to recommend this same CD! Didn't do it as I thought you would have too many CDs/tracks to use for your evals. Listening to this CD and Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" (SACD) started me on my journey to get better speakers. Really interested in how the ML ESLs work out.....
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