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.
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 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.
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.
Michael Kelly was at Audio Video Therapy on March 4th for their annual spring Audio Show. In his demo room he was using a Prima Luna HP Integrated w/the 5T and a Plinius preamp w/a Plinius 125 A Class A amp w/the 6T. Both of these speakers are on my radar to replace my older Aerial 6's. He also had some photos of his new 25T coming out at the end of the year. Cost around $40,000. You can see pictures of the event including Michael's demo on the Audio Video Therapy Facebook page.
Would have replied a loong time ago, but I only noticed the thread today, and like someone else said...I've been so happy with them, that I stopped looking at speaker forums.
I've owned the 5T's since March 2016. They are incredible. I previously owned a pair of seriously underestimated NHT Classic 4's, and I was a little worried going from a tower to a bookshelf.
No worries since. I have a huge listening room (about 12'x22', with a high A shaped ceiling), and the imaging, bass, and overall revealing but slightly sweet and smooth demeanor impress me every day.
I compared them to a pair of Dynaudio Contour 1.4's when I auditioned them, and the Aerials made the 1.4's sound all wrong. Overly cautious and closed in comparitively. (And, I'm a huge fan of Dynaudio speakers) I auditioned a pair of B+W 805 d3's at home along side them, and they came across as forward and slightly cold sounding by comparison, but they were also great, but WAY more upfront.
The Aerial's seem more subtle, but still present all the detail of the B+W's, but with less obvious fanfare, but counter with far more spaciousness and depth, and more dynamic range. They go from soft to loud VERY convincingly.
They have wide dispersion, so they sound great outside the listening position. I'm running mine with relatively modest gear, a Parasound P7 preamp, with a McCormack DNA 1 amp, and they sound lovely.
They're the first speaker I've ever owned, that I am completely satisfied with. They just put wholly convincing music into my room. They do all instruments correctly, both tonally and spacially, and serve all genres of music very well. Guitars and voices...oh my lord!!!
The problem is, if I talk about them any longer, I won't stop.
But, they're great.