My wife and I began with the ATC’s up on the 15th floor. They had a pair of the SCM 40’s and a pair of the 19’s set up and it wasn’t fair of us to begin there because not too many rooms could even hope to sound better. I am a total ATC fanboy, admittedly, but those things just have impact.
We found that in general, at least in the standard sized rooms, smaller speakers were generally sounding better. The Borresens sounded absolutely magical. My wife whom enjoys good music and good sound but doesn’t obsess like many of us here do, was really captivated by the crystal clear but fluid and mesmerizing sound of them. The next room we visited was Salk Sound. They had some nice $10k speakers playing but after the Borresens they were flat and ordinary. It was good to see that such a contrast was obvious to a non-audiophile.
The Raidho’s were spectacular too. My next lottery win will be handed over to the Danes.
SVS should get a mention for their new $800 active do-anything standmounts. It would be hard to think of a better deal for a buy-once and forget-it person who just wants good sounding TV or easy digital playback.
In the big, main-floor demo rooms, the ATC’s killed. I think it was a pair of the 150 ASLT’s and jeez, I like a good concert. It brought me back to some of the great live acts I’ve been to.