Dynamics & punch is probably be the best description. (Sorry, don't have a better description.) I've rotated between the Totem Forest, Monitor Audio GS10 bookshelf and Aerial Acoustic 5B bookshelf. So far the Aerials seem the liveliest of the group with the Edge equipment. They all produce different degrees of bass, with the Aerial producing a surprising amount given the sealed design.
Looked up your amp and saw a review by Jason Victor Serinus which had the following conclusion:
In a forthcoming revisit to Wireworld and Harmonic Tech interconnects, I
shall address in some detail the influence of cables on sound and overall
presentation. What is important to say now is that the Edge G8 is an amp for
which choice of cabling is a crucial and decisive factor.
Here is the link to the full review complete with measurements:
Without reading the whole thing I would ask what cables you are using as it seems this may be an issue with your particular amp.
One other thought looking at all 3 speakers you mention the Ariel 5B you say sounds liveliest and its in fact the hardest of your three speakers to drive. Perhaps whats happening here is your amp, which is fairly high current, just needs a more difficult load to sink its teeth into? Perhaps someone more knowledgeable like almarg might see this thread and chime in with greater insight.
Agreed. That's what I thought, that the Aerials were in fact the most difficult to drive, but seemingly sounded the best. Sealed design perhaps has something to do with that. I don't know for sure.
The cabling in this system is Audience Au24 single ended interconnects (the Edge is not a balanced design) and Crystal Clear Audio Studio Reference speaker cables (still in the breaking-in period with about 50 hours). Thoughts?
3zub I got a chance to read the whole review and looks like he was talking about cable matching in terms the system sounding bright not in terms of bass or dynamics so I doubt its a cable issue. Probably more what we were both speaking your speakers being too easy a load for the amps. Also the Ariels while sounding more lively are very small sealed box speakers so bass will be somewhat limited and dynamics as well. Perhaps a larger floorstanding full range speaker would be a more appropriate match for this amp?
jond- Good point, and thank you for the review info. Each system has its components that it is most synergistic with. Originally I thought the Forest Totems would be the better speaker choice. But I'm on the same page thinking perhaps another medium-sized floor stander should be considered. Suggestions welcome. And, from the original question, would an upgrade to the larger NL-12 amp be of benefit to me?
If you have the Edge G2 preamp with battery option onboard, this could leave you without the punch and dynamics you are speaking of. I once owned the Edge Signature One preamp and this is what I noticed also... a lack of punch and dynamic impact... as you say. The battery mode was super quiet though.