I liked them a lot but I eventually sold them for some Von Schweikerts. The Aeries has powered subs so I think they would be easier to adjust and place than the Focus. But don’t they cost substantially more?
I reviewed the Focus, Focus SE, Whisper, Whisper DSW Clarity Edition, Helix and the V, all for Dagogo.com. I have owned the Focus, Focus SE, Whisper and Whisper DSW Clarity Edition. So, if you want a thorough analysis of Legacy sound you can read all of them.
I have heard the Aeris several times. Buy the Aeris. Top to bottom it’s in a different league than the Focus SE. You can trust my opinion, or wait five weeks and buy the Aeris anyway. :)
We are a Legacy dealer and couldnt agree more.
The Aeris is in an entirely different league. The overall clarity and tonality is similar the sense of scope is way different. The Aeris has a much larger sense of space, tighter much deeper bass and is just spectacular in dynamics.
It is really a no brainer.
Dave and Troy
Audio Doctor NJ
I agree that the Aeris is a league up from the Focus SE, but only when the Aeris is set up optimally. When doing the online room equalization process, it is not that hard to get a bad setup. I heard the Aeris after a setup, and all the mid-bass fullness was missing. When Aeris is done right, you can't believe how incredible a male baritone voice sounds. Those big Aeris mid-woofers are light and FAST.
Not an owner, but the two times I heard the Aeris, I was reduced to a drooling, gelatinous mess. Absolutely gorgeous sound in every respect I could think of, and these were audio show demos in a hotel room. No experience with the Focus, but if I had the coin, the Aeris would be in my top 5 speakers from which to choose from.
I owned the SE's for a couple of yrs and they are a good speaker for sure but I agree with what has already been said about the Aeris those play on a completely higher level.I almost bought a pair myself but at the time I really wanted to try the Full Range thing.
Tekton makes some good speakers also and you may want to check into them.
Most importantly get out and listen and go where your ears take you.
Best of luck to you,
I'm a simple guy, so I REALLY wish Legacy would release a passive Aeris that you could just hook up to an amp and crank it up. They could always include a bass attenuation switch like they do with their other speakers. The issue for me is the Wavelet room correction system, which I don't seem to completely trust. I've seen it used a couple times, and it can get a bit complicated. And you can get quite different readings from the system. I heard the Aeris one time, and all the mid-bass energy had been sucked out by the setup procedure.
mtrot, setup might take a bit, but once it's dialed in it's better than passive. You will not typically get better sound from the Aeris with passive x-over than you can with the Wavelet and separate amp channels for all driver sets.
Read my review of the Legacy Audio Whisper DSW at Dagogo.com, as I compared this special version of the Whisper in both passive x-over, and active x-over with attendant channels of amplification. In short, the active was superior.
It should be expected that with a more complex setup it would take a bit more time to master, however it also puts far more power in your fingertips to contour the sound precisely� as you wish. Well worth a bit of a learning curve. Having used the Wavelet processor I assure you the Mid-bass, and other frequency bands, can be adjusted and it's easy to use. My impression is that Bill tends to set up speakers like the Aeris and V with less low end energy than many audiophiles might prefer. In my experience he sets the default like that initially, likely because it would cause problems in many rooms to go for broke on the low end as a default setup. Better to err on being light on the low end... That's what I learned of his setting up the Helix and the V in my room in preparation for review.
Legacy, or any speaker company working toward actively crossed speakers, would be going backwards to continuously release it's active speakers in passive mode, as they are trying to move the community toward what they offer as a better process. You can't make steps forward by continually backtracking. I think there are a couple instances of hybrid crossover Aeris out there, like my Whispers with both passive and active x-over capability, but imo you're seeking lesser performance. One person I know who did that was anticipating high end amplifiers and did not have the coin to do so immediately; when he got the amps he dumped passive x-over mode, rightly so. I did the combo of passive/active X-over in the Whisper because as a reviewer I need speakers that do not demand triple speaker cables, amps, etc. But, as far as which I would run for personal use for ultimate performance, it would be the active version.