Well, today I had the day to myself upstairs and wanted to put the speakers through their paces. Bob has been playing a lot of Airy, delicate music over the last three weeks and I was ready for some heart pounding, teeth clenching, socially horrible music! So I played a variety of music that I enjoy and music that I do not care for, but know that others do.
I started this journey in the R&B / Hip Hop genre (my least favorite). There I found that the bass end of the speakers is spot on! No matter what I played the bass hit and it hit with attitude, and the highs were not "in your face" like I expected. The imaging seemed to make a wall of sound that, with my eyes closed, seemed to be 4-5 feet in front of me, and kept going back, well beyond the exterior walls of the house. When I switched to Euro-Club music, the highs seemed to come forward about a foot, but it sounded okay. As I grew tired of that genre, I started in on Rock / "light" Metal. I listened to some Disturbed, Korn, Nine Inch Nails, Godsmack, and a few other well known artists, and the sound-stage came to life! The drummer was back behind the wall, the left and right guitarists were on the outsides of the speakers, for the songs that had one, he bass guitars were on the very inside of the speakers and the lead singer seemed right smack dab in front of me, about 3 feet above my ear level, as if I was in the center seat of the front row. When I went to the Country genre, it was all there, the acoustic guitar about ear level, and the singer about a foot and a half above that, both center staged.
Techno and Dub-step (my personal favorite) were equally as impressive! Crystal Method's remix of Roadhouse Blues blew me away... The speaker design, somehow, and Bob still cannot figure out why, give off Sonic Holography! There is a particular part of the song that throws sound behind the listener's right ear, whether it is phase shifting or some built in Sonic Holography on the album track, it was F'in cool! Another really cool song was Skrillex's First Of The Year (Equinox). The dynamics of the track, expressed on the ALS speakers is just jaw dropping!
Well, enough blabbering, I am going back to "work". Will keep you all posted with later updates!
BillD wrote:Well, some people are glass half empty people and some are glass half full. Being an engineer, I just think the glass is the wrong size.
My system (sitting in the garage):
Modified Carver AL III+'s (Pushed into the corners to make room for the ALS speakers)
Modified CarverFest 2011 20w tube amplifier
Carver Pro PT-1800
Sunfire Prototype TGA-2375
Carver TX-2 Tuner (not used)
Logitech Squeezebox (replaced Tuner & dad's CD player)
CARVERaudio Directional RCA interconnects
RCA-Headphone jack for iPod & iPhone