I bought a couple pairs of these for my home theater last year. I’d definitely recommend them for home theater. I don’t listen to a whole lot of music on them, but when I do, I usually play music in 2 channel mode and I like the imaging and the clear vocals. My room layout has forced me to separate them quite a bit more than is recommended for stereo listening. My wife usually chimes in to turn them down when I try to jam out, but they can handle lots of power and still be clear and clean. Bass response is great, but don’t expect to be blown away. I have them running full range from the processor, but I still like to send bass to my subs for the really low stuff. I like the added bass in the overall setup though. I’ve heard the super expensive Klipsch speakers and I think the response is about the same. I run my front PL-980 towers on an Emotiva XPA-2 Gen 2 (300W RMS x2) and the rears on an XPA-5 Gen 2 (250W x5). I think the majority of the folks that don’t care for them are trying to run them on a mediocre amplifier or a cheap receiver. If you put a decent amp on them, I think you’d like them. They’re rated for 300W RMS. For me, there was a noticeable difference in the midrange compared to my old PL-98 towers when listening in all formats. They’re a little taller than the PL-98 which I liked because I’m fairly tall. Build quality from Acoustech is excellent. The put a smooth gloss finish on the top that has stood up really well. The kids will sometimes leave cold drinks on them and I’ve cleaned them off without any marks or rings. There is another online retailer that may give you a better deal called Acoustic Sound Design. I bought all my Acoustech stuff from them.
These arrived a few days ago, and I have been running them 24/7 for a proper break in.
My reference CD's are "Matt Bianco, featuring Basia" (matt's mood), "Lee Ritenour" (Wes Bound), and "Gordon Goodwin's The Phat Pack".
In addition, a good amount of classical listening was done via a local FM...
First of all...don't ask my wife this question!
Growing up in the 60's and mid 70's, and being a musician with exposer to live music daily in school (Concert Band / Jazz Band), it was my opinion that bigger was always better in audio-stereo speaker selection.
A good friend even built a pair of...
What would cause a low end humming noise (low rumble) [only sometimes] in the bass section of this speaker? Tried turning down the bass, running power thru a surge suppressor, a different outlet not close to my other a/v equipment, etc.
Running def tech BP7002 as the fronts & Marantz...
After living with these for a few months, I decided to do have a "showdown" between all of my tower speakers.
The others in the lineup were:
VMPS Mini Tower IIA
BIC Venturi DV-84
The VMPS Tower II SE did not participate, due to size and weight!
The BIC's are surprising good, especially for...