• 03-19-2012, 11:15 AM
    Poultrygeist
    I just auditioned a pair of CJ driven Aerial 20t
    These are some gorgeous speakers and while they put my DIY SET/OBs to shame cosmetically I found them fatiguing after 10 minutes. Maybe it was the solid state CJ amp but I just don't get this from my home brew system.


    Aerial Acoustics - Model 20T Version 2 Gallery
  • 03-19-2012, 12:12 PM
    dingus
    knowing Mike Kelly's history with ADS i would think the last knock on Aerial speakers would be listening fatigue. i wouldnt think the cause would be due to ss amplification of Conrad Johnson quality either. can you elaborate on the other gear and the room involved?
  • 03-19-2012, 01:14 PM
    Feanor
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Poultrygeist View Post
    These are some gorgeous speakers and while they put my DIY SET/OBs to shame cosmetically I found them fatiguing after 10 minutes. Maybe it was the solid state CJ amp but I just don't get this from my home brew system.


    Aerial Acoustics - Model 20T Version 2 Gallery

    I've never heard the Aerials but by some accounts those ribbon tweets are very revealing of up-stream imperfections. Or perhaps you'v just become used to rolled-off speakers that lack resolution.

    http://www.aerialacoustics.com/image...ir_gallery.jpg
  • 03-19-2012, 01:26 PM
    bobsticks
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Feanor View Post
    I've never heard the Aerials but by some accounts those ribbon tweets are very revealing of up-stream imperfections. Or perhaps you'v just become used to rolled-off speakers that lack resolution.

    That was exactly my thought....ribbon tweets and the like...
  • 03-19-2012, 02:03 PM
    Jack in Wilmington
    I've listened to a couple speakers with ribbon tweeters ( Dali and Mark & Daniel )and found them revealing and detailed but not fatiquing. Again it could have been the source, which was a Rega Apollo.
  • 03-19-2012, 03:47 PM
    Poultrygeist
    The Aerial 20t V2's ( same finish as in the picture ) were driven by a solid state Conrad Johnson CA200. The Sheffield demo CD was played on a McCormack CD player. The room was a typical well dampened high end HT dealer demo room with plush HT chairs, huge sound conditioner, garden hose sized bi-wired speaker cables and IC's

    Without question my, primitive in comparison, 2a3 SET powered FR OB's resolve much greater detail at lower levels than the the CJ/20t combo could muster. I kept cranking up the CJ to hear more but never reached a satisfactory level. I've owned Classe powered Aerials and thought they were good until I discovered the fatigue free sound of single ended triodes and HE full rangers. Today was just more confirmation of what I've known all along.