sounds like you are selling ATC's
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Yeah, fine. I'll conceed this sounds like a plug for ATC's, ok. But I don't doubt that what's being infered above is so far from the truth. I've sold Wilson's over the years, and am familiar with what the WATT Puppies can do. I am also very familiar with the inherent advantages of a truely world class active speaker can do!
While I"ve not heard the ATC's before, I have no doubt's, that if these speakers are as well balanced, detailed, transparent, uncolored, and high end sounding as a speaker such as the WP7's, then the active design offers a trendous advantage in dynamic transparancy, control, impact, speed, attack, pace, you name it! IN short, there are things that active speakers can do that few other designs can approach(perhaps ultra high sensitivity horns, stat's etc). Infact, active speaker desings I've heard over the years have offered some of the best dynamics I've ever heard!. the control and damping issue is just so much better dealt with in active designs. Passive crossovers are limited indeed.
I really wish a company(which undoubtedly has their nose in the air) like Wilson would offer some active designs. They seem to know how to get the whole transparent, detailed, extended, big soundstage thing happening ok. Now if they could just hammer the door shut with dynamic transparancy, they'd have the complete package potentially...IMO, of course.
Anyway, I'd really like to see more high end desingers make active speakers. The problem with a speaker like Avantgard horns is that you have to plunk your rear end down smack dab in the middle to hear them right. You move a couple feet to one side and the sound goes away!!!...this is not acceptable to me. And, all the other full range passive high end stuff out there always leaves a lot on the table for anything with real dynamics(like "Super Freak", Yes). Sure, the Wilson's sound very resolved and more dyamic than most high end offering indeed. But then they're highish sensitivity, which helps...and dual ported 10" woofers to boot. Still, I have no doubt that the active ATC can demolish the power and control of the WP! I've heard good Actives before.
Anyone know where in California I can hear ATC's?
Next time power the Wilsons with an amp that has a Damping factor! I mean that's like saying Magenpans sound lifeless powered by a SET tube amp?
I am glad you found something that you like... post your system with pictures when you get them.
I had Paradigm Active 20' and they were excellent punchy dynamic speakers that simplfied system synergy... next time go to a better Wilson Dealer that knows how to setup a Wilson System.
I have heard the 150s in the quest for a year long search for speakers. The impression that I came away with was that it was great on all music genre except for classical. The mids and low end were very accurate and impressive. But I tend to also like extended highs which I did not hear in that particular setup. Keep in mind that these impressions were only based on one audition in a showroom where they were not set in an optimal position. But given the fact that the friend of mine who loves these speakers loves primarily rock music indicated to me thats what they are like. Just my 2 cents worth.