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I am also a big fan of shootouts!

The only thing is that I am always too far to be: A) present B) invited ! ;)
I have to believe the judgment of the persons in attendance.

But what I really like about HTS reviews / shootouts, is that they are not made by some involved and pedantic individuals that are above the regular users....

All the reviews and shootouts that I have read about on this site were really down to earth and in the interest of the regular (but enthusiast) user / customer.

With that in mind, I have to ask (and maybe suggest), because most of the time this company is overlooked (and I have to root for products coming from my adopted country!), but would it be possible to add some products by Usher?

Usher speakers have always surprised me as being up there with most of the greats, but seldom gets the attention. (I just own some Usher products, I have no part in the company! :)

Enjoy the shootout (that means no Halloween party ending too late!)
 

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Have you already nail down the materials to be use ?
(ie which CDs, ablums ?)

Materials chosen should be able to test out the speakers dynamics, vocal presentation, bass extension & etc ...
(comparing speaker to speaker in the same setup).
 

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Great event and interesting line-up with speakers!
Maybe the only way to actually compare speakers and give a proper feedback.
You could go even further and not tell which speaker it is playing and let the listeners go in blindfolded and write down hearingimpressions after each listening. In that way the brain can´t add attributes to the speaker they have read articles about.

//Mattias Vendel
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Loving the shootouts and unbalanced tests with great measurements too. Can't wait for the results of the different speakers, all the speakers in the world sound so different and would surely like to know what these ones sound like. They're not over the top expensive either.
 

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This is great!
I love the idea of a 'shootout' or 'speaker review' pure and simple. It seems that too many events turn into a competition which to me, takes the fun out of it. Music and movies are about enjoyment and it seems that this event is about the experience. While my #1 vote is not listed as part of the event, I always like reading reviews and learning how various equipment fares...looking forward to it.
 

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I can't wait to see how the SVS Ultras compare to the other speakers chosen, I'm interest in purchasing these one day. But you never know after the results come out I may check out some of the other competitors, depending on what you guys think of there overall performance.
 

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Thanks for the opportunity. The results will be very useful to many. This seems to be the perfect price range where quality meets value. I look forward to following and reading the progression of the test and full results.

-Tom
 

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Even if it's not a direct comparison between speakers, it's going to be most interesting to see an evaluation with similar criteria, equipment and ears, when auditioning electrostatic/magnetoplanar/quasi-ribbon AND traditional dynamic transducers. Even better news is the inclusion of measurements and having some context about the listening room. Combined with the subjective evaluation you're possibly offering lots of very valuable data for us people on the other side of the internet who possibly couldn't arrange any of this for themselves.

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This Is A Great Idea Can Wait To See The Results of This. More Page/ People Should Do This. The First Home Theater I Got Is The Only Thing I Could Afford Its The Onkyo Hts7300 I Believe. .. One of The Home Theaters In A Box For $500..Wish I Had Enough Money To Start A Real Setup.. I'm Into Great Sound and Video and Love To WatWatch Blu rays With My Family But Its Not The Best Setup But It Works For Now....
 

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Man, I only live a few hours from there in SE Georgia and would love to go. Right now doesn't look like I can make it but you never know. I have never been to any GTG or anything like it and have been waiting for one to get close enough. Maybe my plans will change.

Everyone have fun,
Moto
 

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Actually we have been optimizing based on imaging and soundstage, instead of measurements, although if we could get better measurements without sacrificing imaging and soundstage we will move them slightly.
Hopefully that has been done by using ETC measurements and not just listening.
For back waves... in my room we have what is called the Precedence Effect. This is where the rear radiation is delayed to a point that our ears only pay attention to the direct sound from the front. Of course my front wall has absorption panels also, so a good bit is absorbed anyway.
The Precedence or Haas effect only makes one avoid hearing the signal from another place. You still hear the signal (first wavefront) from the speaker, despite of the delayed specular reflections. This is the case to a certain point in time and then we start to hear echoes.
But that does not mean that those reflections don't effect sound quality or aren't audible. They are audible and effect the sound quality, even when delayed. How much depends on the level compared to other reflections, but even after 30 ms strong specular reflections can be audible. It's a common mistake to mix the precedence effect with combfiltering effect. Two different things.
If you are using absorption on frontwall to attenuate reflections, that will make it a pretty even game though in this regard.

Another challenge is the bass. A dipole woofer disperse differently. Meaning that it often requires another placement then a monopole to even out the freqeuncy response. If this isn't done properly, the only answer you may end up is finding out is which dispersion pattern fitted the spesific placement best.
It's not uncommon that dipoles work best along sidewalls in a room and monopoles closer to the corners, but it depends on the room and needs to be measured.

So like I said; To compare speakers like this in a fair matter is a very difficult task. But good luck.
 

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Sounds like a great event to attend. Looks like you have some impressive gear on test, also an impressive venue. Just shoot me a plane ticket, and I will come over from Australia and attend! I would be interested to see if changes in your room setup change the ratings of each product. This may highlight any directional performance differences between speakers, and how tolerant each is to setup changes. This may be useful for some users who don't always have the perfect room layout or treatment. It may also highlight the importance of room treatment, or rather the lack of it having a negative impact on what should be a very positive experience.
 

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Wow, you guys keep showing off and all it makes me want to do is spend more money(that I don't have lol) :), Keep up the great reviews, I can't wait to read this next one.
 

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Kinda too bad all this "good stuff" mostly takes place on THAT side of the pond :)

I guess the closest i got to something like this, was on my first visit to a local friend, who has a pair of the big Maggies. With my "tin ears", i'll admit they were pretty detailed and "effortless", but pretty bass-shy :D

I wonder if/when i'll get the chance to put together anything close to a home-cinema type thing, and/or a home-studio... Ah well, hope dies last, eh? :rolleyes:
 

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Looking forward to the final postings. I will add to what others have already commented, I think that it would only be fair to attempt/spend as much time as reasonable, in optimizing placement. This is what a typical home owner would do with a set of $2500 speakers (For that much $$ I would spend a few days tweaking the setup, but I know that is not possible in this scenario). They will all have varying sweet spots, toe in, perhaps even height needs.

Overall this is a very good mix of speaker types and characters. Like you mentioned, not a shootout. I would highly recommend that folks listen to as many speakers as possible before making a purchase, hopefully at least a few in your own room.

I think having a full post of the room measurements with a "control" set of speakers would be nice too so we can evaluate what the room itself sounds (or at least tests) like.

And maybe some comments on what subs/center/surround options are available or recommended to pair with the 2 channel setup?

And thanks for introducing me to the Emerald Physics line. Very interesting stuff...
 

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I'm looking forward to this evaluation. I realize that the results from your room aren't directly transferable to everyone else's, but it can certainly give an indication of how different designs will perform in a given room. As a Paradigm owner, I'm hoping the Studio 60's do well. I have the impression that $2500 is the "sweet spot", when it comes to performance/price ratio.
 

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I think that all of us need more comparative evulations of audio equipment. Far too often reviews are standalone with out any measurements or comparisons to other "equal" devices. When I selected my speaker system I did it based on sound auditions. I hope that the reviewers take measurements using say REW and post them.
 

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Events like these are what makes related forums such great places. From such, you get clear and accurate opinions and data from true enthusiasts who love the hobby. I think the topics brought up in the original post deserve some attention as well as Sonny and the gang have really covered all the bases. For those considering a speaker purchase in the near future, I say refer to post one of this thread before you buy. I look fwd to the results.
 

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We are presently in the market for a new sound system. Between older age, hearing aids and other factors the old speakers don't sound very good. I know part of it is the compression used by our sources, however the other part is that the speakers we have are exploited by these weaknesses. Sometimes on the right song the music will be fine but most of the time I hear the holes in the sound or the one area that booms. I trust this forum as it has helped me out once already save a big screen - and the last sound evaluation was well done. We look forward to reading the results of this year's tests - and undoubtably will use it to determine which set of speakers to buy. I think they will be the ARX 5 or Klipsch set but the test will tell. Thank you for doing these tests - we will just be back in California that week or we would attend. Take care and happy listening. - Steve
 

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Im very interested in seeing the results if this thread. I have recently purchased my first set of 1000$+ speakers and am interested to see if the 2500$ area shows improvement. My interest will lie with the svs ultras. I have heard nothing hut praises for them. I am looking forward to following this thread :)
 
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