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It would be great if Acoustic Energy made an active version of these together with a matching subwoofer. Dirol

Jeez, is that THREE times we've agreed?!?!

No sub though...

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Are people saying they might buy something that may not be quite as good as it looks a little better in a domestic setting? :shame:

ROFL

FWIW I think the Genelec monitors look alright, I almost went down that route with some small 6020a when I had a really small room in the previous house.

As a fan of ATCs as well, I have to say that EL150 is not particularly attractive in that veneer, this one is much nicer IMO. I do actually prefer the 'boxy' shape of their more traditional speakers although this curved cabinet should be better technically.

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Are people saying they might buy something that may not be quite as good as it looks a little better in a domestic setting? :shame:

ROFL

 

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hoopsontoast wrote:

Are people saying they might buy something that may not be quite as good as it looks a little better in a domestic setting? :shame:

ROFL

 

yes, these are called people who live with their partners, not on their own Blum 3

Ah, thats why ROFL

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cheeseboy wrote:

hoopsontoast wrote:

Are people saying they might buy something that may not be quite as good as it looks a little better in a domestic setting? :shame:

ROFL

 

yes, these are called people who live with their partners, not on their own Blum 3

No, if it was up to Mrs JD I wouldn't have speakers at all.

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John Duncan wrote:

cheeseboy wrote:

hoopsontoast wrote:

Are people saying they might buy something that may not be quite as good as it looks a little better in a domestic setting? :shame:

ROFL

 

yes, these are called people who live with their partners, not on their own Blum 3

No, if it was up to Mrs JD I wouldn't have speakers at all.

I find myself somewhat in the same boat, one compensation though, Mrs DDC loves live music almost as much as I do (Bit of a 'rock chick' in her youth) so we would have to be out more, specially with festival season coming up.

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Jeez, is that THREE times we've agreed?!?! No sub though...

Don't worry. We still disagree about the sub.  Wink

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Craig M. wrote:
...I have done a direct comparison between the 9Ts and sub (I have my cousins here while he moves house) and Opals though, and it's the Opals to me.  Having said that, even though I think there is a fair margin, for some music I prefer the 9Ts and sub...

Out of interest which music did you prefer on the ADM's?

 

I only had a brief listen to both speakers but I found the Opals to be more dynamic sounding with a thunderously powerful yet well controlled bass which I'd imagine sounds best with rock and rave music. The ADM's on the other hand seemed to have a smoother and more natural sounding mid-range and treble which I'd imagine is better for classical, vocal and acoustic music.

 

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Craig M. wrote:
...I have done a direct comparison between the 9Ts and sub (I have my cousins here while he moves house) and Opals though, and it's the Opals to me.  Having said that, even though I think there is a fair margin, for some music I prefer the 9Ts and sub...

Out of interest which music did you prefer on the ADM's?

 

I only had a brief listen to both speakers but I found the Opals to be more dynamic sounding with a thunderously powerful yet well controlled bass which I'd imagine sounds best with rock and rave music. The ADM's on the other hand seemed to have a smoother and more natural sounding mid-range and treble which I'd imagine is better for classical, vocal and acoustic music.

 

I wouldn't go so far as to say one suits a particular genre over the other but an example album would be Fink - Sort of revolution.  While I would guess that the Opals give a more realistic rendition, the ADMs sound a bit 'softer' with it which I prefer with this album.  There are lots of other 'guitar and singer' albums that I prefer on the Opals.  Maybe it's the difference between a metal and soft dome tweeter?  I haven't compared loads of music on them though, I daren't leave the sub out all the time in case it gets used for kicking practice by my daughter, and otherwise I prefer the Opals for everything - the ADMs need the sub to compete, imo.  As much as I love the Opals though, I still think I'll change them for some ADM40s, partly due to their smoother sound.  Just got to finish some work on the house first.  And I want a new bike, which will probably mean selling a kidney!

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Currently researching going down the studio monitor path myself at the moment and focal solo6 and twins seem to get favorable reviews and this is for playback of music as well as the mixing.

The (solo6) are in the opal's price bracket, ultimately a listen would be a must.

The biggest problem I'm finding is being able to find a retailer who stocks the speaker and then the possibility of doing some sort of side by side test is proving to be practically impossible.

HiFi stores generally have the upper hand over music stores in this respect.

I remember auditioning a pair of dynaudio's against a pair of b&w's at practical HiFi in Manchester, they left me alone for 2 hours to compare, in the end I settled for the dynaudio's, there was no sales involved, just what my ears chose.

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*Sorry, double post. :roll:

 

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steve_1979 wrote:

It would be great if Acoustic Energy made an active version of these together with a matching subwoofer. Dirol

 

Well we might be starting that from the other end - I'm just finishing up our new budget range (imaginatively titled "1-Series") which are looking and sounding very good indeed, even if I do say so myself! Biggrin

I've set things in motion for the standmounts to have an active version somewhere down the line, probably would retail at £500-£600, possibly followed by the floorstanders at just under £1000...

 

The active floorstanders in particular would be interesting as there simply aren't many around at any price, let alone at the budget/mid level. I still need to figure out the best connectivity options, do we keep it simple like the AE22's and let people choose their own pre-amp/dacs or try to put it all onboard with umbilical connector between the speakers?  :? The simple line-level in is of course easier for us but I'm not sure it would be as readily accepted as a full-blown solution which you can connect directly to a source for the home market.

 

No Reference sub on the horizon sadly, though the constrained layer construction would be perfect for it, especially with a couple of 12" back-to-back drivers with force cancelling like we did in the AE3 mkII a while back... Hmm...  Wink

 

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The active floorstanders in particular would be interesting as there simply aren't many around at any price, let alone at the budget/mid level. I still need to figure out the best connectivity options, do we keep it simple like the AE22's and let people choose their own pre-amp/dacs or try to put it all onboard with umbilical connector between the speakers?  :? The simple line-level in is of course easier for us but I'm not sure it would be as readily accepted as a full-blown solution which you can connect directly to a source for the home market.

How about a modular design that can provide an option to the customer to have the preamp section or not and also able to be retrofitted?

Possibly a split backplate on the master speaker, to allow for a module installation?

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Yes, agreed, although I rather like a bold styling, or something that's out of the ordinary at any rate.  

 

 

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Well we might be starting that from the other end - I'm just finishing up our new budget range (imaginatively titled "1-Series") which are looking and sounding very good indeed, even if I do say so myself! Biggrin

I've set things in motion for the standmounts to have an active version somewhere down the line, probably would retail at £500-£600, possibly followed by the floorstanders at just under £1000...

The active floorstanders in particular would be interesting as there simply aren't many around at any price, let alone at the budget/mid level. I still need to figure out the best connectivity options, do we keep it simple like the AE22's and let people choose their own pre-amp/dacs or try to put it all onboard with umbilical connector between the speakers?  :? The simple line-level in is of course easier for us but I'm not sure it would be as readily accepted as a full-blown solution which you can connect directly to a source for the home market.

I think I'd probably be OK with single inputs if it kept the cost down - most people will just plug a Sonos or similar in the back, which will give them remote volume.  My StreamMagic has a preamp mode which would do the same job (and also has balanced outputs, hint hint...).

You could stick a little cubby hole in the floorstanders to hold a Sonos, and give it an AC out to power it... :-o

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