Aerial 5t would share lots of sound characteristics with B&W only with substantially better bass definition.
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Right the 5T's have not been out long.
I am about to upgrade my 8 month old b&w cm6s2 to the 5Ts. Was holing to hear some comparison others may have had to this speaker.
It.looks like the new Aerial T line does not contain Kevlar. It is a "Papyrus blend cone". Blend. so maybe it does have Kevlar, but specs dont say. B&w new 805s are not using the yellow Kevlar anymore.
The new Papyrus blend cone sounds indescribably delicious.
Michael Green, whos free resonance speakers I have, used to have a reference two way model with 8" custom Kevlar driver. Those speakers had a frenquency range down to mid 20s and were capable of playing at high though not insane volume. Michael has an impeccable ear, he tunes studios and concert halls, and I will trust him with his choice of drivers any day.
Also, some of his refernce speakers had outboard crossovers. I believe, all reference speakers should be made that way. Do you really think that all that usual sh-t inside cabinets facilitates great sound reproduction? Unfortunately, Michael is one of those talented people who knows how to make things but not quite how to sell them.
I'll post my impression as I just had them for a home trial for 3 Days to compare to my B&W CM6s2.
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The B&W are very detailed with full bass. Sometimes bright if listening to rock or female voices. Excruciating bright at times.
The B&W at first inpress you with the details and the imaging. I hear sounds coming fronm the kitchen, but that's a parlor trick Bose does that too. They are a very good sounding speaker on well recorded music like Jazz and acoustic. Not a rock speaker too bright. The B&W received excellent reviews. Build quality is lacking.
The Aerial 5T - not much has been written about them. Maybe Michael Kelly decided to stop paying the reviewers. Word of mouth is all you really need if you have customers that enjoy the hobby. Well these Aerial 5Ts are musical. They are as close as I think I will get to the sound of a live voice. They don't try to impress you with there brightness for their bass. The B&W in comparison were ultra bright with boomy bass. The Aerial are precise, clear detailed where they are suppose to be and tight quick bass.
Ask yourself when you go to listen to live music. Do you say wow that mandolin, violin, guitar, banjo piano, drums ... Sound so good so detailed. I don't think so you hear all of the music blended together balanced. That's when you know Aerial knows what it means to reproduce music.
I am always amazed when someone says they have such high level of audio at their office.
The Aerial 5T sounded like authentic music not over embellished highs that I have in my current B&W cm6s2. I just added a yggy DAC that took my music to another level.
Did you listen to other bookshelf speakers before deciding on the 5Ts?
psickerson - yes, I listed to a whole bunch of them including KEF, Totem, Spendor, B&W and even the Wilson Duette (way out of my price range). Other than the Wilson, the 5T was a much better performer.
It's almost a shame to have a high end rig at the office during normal hours. When the employees leave however, I can crank up the volume!
"Ask yourself when you go to listen to live music. Do you say wow that mandolin, violin, guitar, banjo piano, drums ... Sound so good so detailed. I don't think so you hear all of the music blended together balanced."
That depends on where you sit and whether it is acoustic or amplified. I prefer up front 11th through 7th row center, in larger venues and 5th through 1 in small venues. Therefore, detail and instrument placement does happen for me and is important.
My local audio shop, although wonderful and lucky to have such a high quality dealer, does not carry Wilson. I would not go to that level, but I would be like to hear them.
You said "when the employees leave however, I can crank up the volume".
Seems like a life time of waiting for either the parents when growing up or now wife(s) :) to leave before cranking it up!!!
I just hope the ears out last the rest of me.
Thanks for your response. Glad to hear from others that have a good ear. Time to pack up my cm6s2 and upgrade.