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    Wilson Audio TuneTot Review (high-end bookshelf speaker)

    Most people disagree and believe this deserves the fucking guillotine (headless panther) so . . . Literally the only thing goes for these is low distortion. Everything else feels like a cruel joke at this price point.
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    Grado SR60x Review (on ear headphone)

    I have the original SR-60 still with some aftermarket pads. I remember disliking them due to treble at one point but after some new pads that are thicker the treble seemed tamed (enough) in comparison to the bass. For me the good aspects are comfort (XXL head so easy bending bands are good)...
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    JBL SRX835P Reviewed (Powered Monitor)

    The fact is that there's PA speakers that fit different intended purposes. This seems willing to sacrifice fidelity for higher output above all else. I personally use JBL AC26 & AC28 for my primary listening system with EQ. The bass is a rolled off requiring a subwoofer for full-range usage...
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    Emotiva XPA-DR2 Review (Stereo Power Amplifier)

    It strikes me as odd Emotiva would allow a design with issues to get out the door like this, they used to publish APA measurements on all their designs but I guess they've decided they aren't relevant/worth it?
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    Polk Legend L800 Tower Measurements

    I'm a huge fan of crosstalk cancellation tech. Polk was the first to really introduce a solution with SDA, Carver followed up with Sonic Holography, Ambiophonics then came into the picture being promoted by Ralph Glasgal offering a compelling solution to fix some of the shortcomings, and...
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    Philips Fidelio X2HR Review (headphone)

    They sound "okay" with plush comfort pads (no donuts), but as I said it's more a comfort thing. The AKG K6/7 series for example have gliders that break with use on my head. To give you an idea on my head size, I had to bend ATH-A990Z wider from AT to fit my head (normally these are so big they...
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    Philips Fidelio X2HR Review (headphone)

    Having a XXL head I actually find Sennheiser some of the least comfortable while Grado can be bent to shape. If I could get the sound of Senns with the fit of Grado I absolutely would . . .
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    omnidirectional loudspeakers = best design available

    Let's walk through this objectively: I think we can agree that any good 3-way should have good horizontal dispersion, let's take the NHT C3 for example. Soundstage measured it here. Compare the on-axis sound level to the 60 and 75 degree levels. We're seeing 5-8dB down easily before 1Khz...
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    omnidirectional loudspeakers = best design available

    There's definitely better options if you can control everything, you won't get an argument from me there. If you can't move furniture though and have coverage issues omni can be a band-aid or nuclear option. This would of course only pertain to small room HT, like a modest living room or den...
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    omnidirectional loudspeakers = best design available

    That's not what's being said, I'm referring to coverage issues in home theater (3.1 and above) Say you have a home theater with a dedicated center - this is used for dialogue 99.9% of the time. Intelligibility of the center is critical for movies. In-spite of this many living rooms (IME)...
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    omnidirectional loudspeakers = best design available

    This isn't pedantry, it's discussion about real world usage and where omni can serve a benefit for a specific application. In applications where levels and coverage need to be consistent omni does well, and center channel dialogue is a good example especially for sub-par room layouts with...
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    omnidirectional loudspeakers = best design available

    Yes, do you read what's written before responding? We're talking about home theater usage specifically in relation to dialogue. As such I'm baffled as to what it has to do with music. Care to fill me in on how that's suddenly relevant to the conversation?
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    omnidirectional loudspeakers = best design available

    Are you really going to argue that there isn't an issue with these speakers in terms of level at 60~75 degrees off-axis compared to the direct sound? 3dB can make a large difference in intelligibility, a common reason center levels are often run hot for example. Have you actually had to deal...
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    omnidirectional loudspeakers = best design available

    Yes and no. Under controlled circumstances where someone isn't off at an absurd angle this is an option. When the seating does have such angles though, to where the off-axis levels drop to much, omnis have a distinct advantage. For example when I was a kid and we watched movies I would easily...
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    omnidirectional loudspeakers = best design available

    I've had a couple omni speakers over the years. A full Mirage Omnisat V2 setup (using FS fronts) and Ohm Walsh 2's IIRC. The Ohm suffered beaming due to its cone tweeter. So the only "true" omni I tried would be the Mirage's. They did some things right. They were easy to place, created...
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