ooh's AVI ADM9T Review...
I received these bad boys on Monday morning, they're the AVI demo pair so many people who own ADMs will have actually heard them. The last pair of the old ADMs were sold last week and thus these became redundant as there is now a new and improved model for sale. I got a great deal on them, so a big thanks to Ash and Mart for that..
I'd never heard these speakers before monday morning, but of course am well aware as most are on here, that they have a big reputation, and a very vocal following, so i was expecting them to sound excellent, but, were all the owners that are so smitten by these speakers getting a bit carried away? Are they really that good? Read on to see what i think..
Firstly, i was aware that some have said these speakers are a little bass shy, and that the sub is a must with them, while others say they're plenty bassy enough, that the bass that is there is of very good quality and doesn't overpower or boom. Well i'm in agreement with the latter, they're not quite as bassy as my old Dynaudio DM 2/7s (which are very bassy speakers for their size), but they're bassy enough, that's for sure, and it's tight, very focused bass, very clean, yet there's still a very pleasing fullness to their sound and plenty of slam when required. Plus of course for those wanting more there's the option of a sub.
Vocals on these speakers are simply incredible, they're by far the most realistic i've heard, even when playing very busy tracks, the vocals are so clear and legible, never drowned out by instruments, or bass, they're very well balanced speakers. Listening to Billy Joel - It's still rock n roll to me, remastered, at 2m 5sec Billy lets a roar out and you'd swear he was in the room , very impressive.
The highs are also excellent, no sibilance, splashiness or brightness to report, just crisp, clear highs that blend seamlessly with the other frequencies, at least as good IMO as the Adam A5X, which had the best highs i'd ever heard to date, these are just as good in that area, but IME better in all others.
Dynamics? This is one area that these speakers really excel, they're hugely powerful, with one dedicated 275 watt amplifier for each main driver, and a further 75 watt amp for each tweeter, there's just so much range to them. A track i like to use to check out the dynamic range of a speaker is Street Life Serenader, by Joel again, as it ebbs and flows between soft piano and quiet vocals to thundering drums, piano, guitar and vocals, it sounds fantastic on these, and during the crescendos all instruments are easily picked out, these things never lose focus.
The mids are also very very good, the best i've heard in fact, again, never drowned out by bass or lost in the middle of busy tracks, they're clear and present at all times, in fact it's the overall clarity of these speakers that to me, is their biggest attribute, they're crystal clear, very accurate but never clinical or analytical in the sense that some may consider negative, these speakers give you what you put in, they're warm if the recording is warm, they convey emotion when there's emotion in the recording, they're a window into the recording, and the best i've ever heard, i'm also smitten..