Aerial 5T impressions


Any owners of Aerial 5T out there that want to share their impressions?

I currently have B&W CM6S2's..
They are very detailed speakers with good bass. Sometimes the highs are a little on the bright side and I was listening to a pair of the Aerial 5T's.  They sound more neutral to me with less emphasis on the extreme high end.  Beautiful build quality. 

If you have similar or other experience with them I would  e very interested. 



psickerson
Aerial 5t would share lots of sound characteristics with B&W only with substantially better bass definition.
More I can tell:
I was looking for the speaker that has strong and fast bass of Dynaudio or Totem, crispy and clear midrange of B&W and treble of Tannoy and got myself Aerial 10t. 
I thought Dynaudio Contour and Confidence lines were well balanced.
Dyns don't have Kevlar mid driver. It brings superior midrange definition that Dyns lack.
I'm a little surprised to not see more Aerial owners reply to this thread.  But then again, making judgements on lack of responses Is baseless. Could be all the Aerial 5T owners are happy and no longer in the hunt. 
I'm owner of 10t since 2002 and never look for upgrade. I looked at 5t as well, but found deal I couldn't refuse on 10t.

Still have and love my 7b.  The 5T has not been available for very long...and is a big price jump from the 5b
Czarivey, if Kevlar driver is so good why don't many others use it? I suspect, it is not that simple.
Hah, not for me to decide why many other speaker designers don't use Kevlar, but apparently my preference fell onto those who does. Aerial in particular. 

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. 
 
Perhaps Kevlar is too pricey for today's profit demands. Not sure and never shopped for one separately for projects to tell for sure, but spent some time on research for choice. Loved and adored midrange of CM series of B&W with Kevlar, but didn't like their weak bass... 
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.
Aerial 5T thoughts?
Sorry man, sometimes threads expand in all directions, and in fact I think it is a good thing. We are still talking about speakers and drivers.
Indirectly, maybe we are talking about 5T too, that's, there is not much to say about them.
One can hope
I'll post my impression as I just had them for a home trial for 3 Days to compare to my B&W CM6s2. 

Qualified with my equipment 

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 have a pair of 5Ts at the office paired with my Luxman L590AX.  These speakers are great and incredibly detailed and musical.

I have grown to appreciate the Aerial sound so much that I will be purchasing the 7T for my home rig - they will be replacing the B&W 803 D3.
Greginnh,

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.   
greginnh,

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.  
Aerial 5T's have a new home.  


What speaker cables are other Aerial owners using?
Discovery Essential,  Cerious Nano
Wireworld goes really well with Aerial.  Keep us posted on the 5T.  Intriguing new speaker.  Best......

Keep us posted on your impressions.  I liked my 5Ts so much I just bought a pair of 7Ts for my home rig!
I just finished two days of attendance at IBMA -  International Bluegrass Music Association Festival.  

After listening to music live for two full days, it is the best compliment I can give to say listening to the same artists/songs on the 5T's takes me right back infront of the stage.  Some speaker brands try to lure you in with their bright sparkly sound only to drive you away with their false attempt at reproducing music.  Thanks to Aerial Acousitcs for delivering the real goods!

Sierra Hull lives in my den. She is everyone's darling.  2016 mandolin player of the year.  Balsam Range and the rest of the so many other blue grass music is acoustic music you can feel in your soul. 

To be total honest -
The only noticeable difference is the level of bass.  While these speakers for their size provide exceptional levels of tight bass,  the volume of the standup bass during the concert just goes that bit lower.  The concerts also tend to jack up the volume I suspect.  Nonetheless the bass impact is what one takes away. 

I do have an M&K sub but it's not really a sub more of a bass unit purchased for sorround sound back in the 90's only goes down to 50hz. 

Now what sub would do justice to these Aerials?
i was considering JL Audio e112.

I purchased the Aerial 5T's earlier this year to replace my Aerial 5B's that I use in my office.  The sound of the 5T's is awesome!  The bass extension and richer midrange are immediately apparent due to it's design.  While I loved the sound of the 5B's.....the 5T's are a big step up with regard to overall sound.  I'm moving my 5B's downstairs to another room.     
I liked the 5Ts so much that I just replaced my B&W 803 D3's with the 7T in my main rig room at home.  I am very impressed with this speaker line.  Excellent value with performance well beyond their price point.
I continue to be amazed with the realism of these 5T's.  I recently attended the Pump Boys musical sitting 4 rows back center being reminded of the neutrality of live music.  These speakers present music in the same way.