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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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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: :spend:
 

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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. :clap:
 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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If you have recommendations for good demo music... we have a dedicated thread for this. Please let us know your favorites:

Good Demo Music - Good Imaging Music - Your Favorite Demo Music


If we can make track suggestions, I've always loved Jennifer Warnes: Way Down Deep track. Beautiful vocals, great instrumentation and can really showcase a speakers low end prowess (or lack thereof).
Great song. I have The Hunter CD. Danny Richie with GR Research always plays a few of her songs in his room at the shows. Vienna Teng is another good one he plays.


Here is my recommendation for a classical test piece:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000X33VYG/ref=dm_mu_dp_trk1

but preferably in a higher resolution format than this one!
I struggle having to listen to this... just not my flavor. For whatever reasons it just not do anything for me. I guess I don't get it. No offense. :huh:
 

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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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There is a lot of value in the Studio 60 speakers and for my money what is what I would pick given 50% music and 50% movies. If I listened to Classical and wanted the most clear details I would go with the Magnepan 1.7. The Dynaudio DM 3/7 would be a good choice between the two. The Studio 60 is going to be your best bet.
 

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WOW that is quit the setup you have going there should be a lot of work and fun , I'm looking foreword to all you guys impressions of each speaker . it's refreshing to have a review instead of pitting each speaker against each other I wish I was there with you guys .
 

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This is definitely an interesting event and I'm really looking forward to the results way more than any HT magazine or commercial review site. Would it be possible to comment on how the speakers perform in less-than-ideal acoustic conditions for those of us who have to set up our HTs in living rooms and such?
 

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I'm really interested to see what the outcome is going to be from this selection, because of the sheer diversity of speaker types. Personally I love the effortless transparency of the top-end Martin Logans, but also love the dynamics and sheer slam of Dynaudios, and I'd still have trouble choosing between both of these types.

Add in the Maggies for another take on planars and the dipoles of the Emeralds, and I think choosing between them is going to be really tough as the characters are likely to be so different.
 

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This is definitely an interesting event and I'm really looking forward to the results way more than any HT magazine or commercial review site. Would it be possible to comment on how the speakers perform in less-than-ideal acoustic conditions for those of us who have to set up our HTs in living rooms and such?
It would be difficult to replicate other conditions to know if that is the way it will sound in any other given environment. My guess would be that you won't get the best sound in the "less-than-ideal" acoustic conditions. HT is different from two-channel... in that less desirable two-channel positioning of the mains might actually sound okay for movies. You will most likely need to be willing to reposition the mains for more serious two-channel listening... even if it is temporary, otherwise there may not be any value in purchasing speakers for the purpose of two-channel listening.
 

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This would be so cool to be apart of. Maybe someone here in Texas could so something like this. My ears would probably melt hearing this type of setup especially coming from a beginner home theater setup. Hope everyone has a good listen. It's definitely one to remember .

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This is so exciting for me to see the shoot-out of the $2500 speakers! Why? Because after coming back for this years 2013 RMAF I have my ears set on a few speakers and am excited to see that at least 3 of them are in HTS speaker evaluation!!

The three speakers I am excited to read the reports are on :
*SvS Ultras
*Maggies 1.7's
*Emerald Physics CS2P

Out of these 3 I was able to listen to the Ultra's in the SvS demo room. I was very happy to say that I really enjoyed listening to this pair in 2-channel and multi-channel along with the other Ultra family speakers that are offered through SvS.

As for Maggies, they were not at RMAF nor did I see any dealers having maggies setup, but I am very familiar with the MMG, MMGw & MMGc. Adding the 1.7 to the mix I am again excite to read the report on the 1.7's

Last are the unique looking, but very appealing Emerald Physics CS2P. These models were not at the RMAF this year, but on Sunday (last hosted day at RMAF) I decided to take another trip there just to audition the big brother CS2.3 MK2 however these were not my cup of tea because they are setup for Bi-Amplified and I do not want to purchase or own 4 separate amps just to push a 'pair' of speakers, but I did want to get an idea what Emerald Physics sounded and these were amazing sounding pair of towers that I can see I would be extremely happy with for a very long time in my casa. So with that being said and if these CS2.3 MK2s sound like this I am curious what is to offer in the pair of Emerald Physics CS2P below the $3k price point. I really have my eyes on these! So I cannot wait to read the reported feed back from the guys here. :)

Picture_Shooter is standing by........ 1, 2, 3, 3.5, 4 ,..........10 :D
 

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I feel like this line up is pretty intense as some of the speakers are still directed towards a certain crowd. However, very nice speakers to line up against each other. I liked the previous $1000 evaluation =p
 
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