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aerial acoustics lr3's

I auditioned these about 2 months ago and loved them. The speakers I was comparing to tghe aerials were the jmlab 1007be's, sonas farber auditor bookshelfs, and dynaudio confidence c1's. I have listend to all but the 1007be's and so far would choose the aerials.

The wilson duettes where the best but priced out of my range.

What opinions do you all have?

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Re: aerial acoustics lr3's

Hi, Timf -- I never met an Aerial speaker I didn't like...a lot. The discontinued 10's were among the best speakers for a home setting I have ever heard, regardless of price. The JM, SF, and Dynaudio models you mention sounded very natural and transparent with the kind of music I listen most often to (large-scale symphonic, with a liberal dose of jazz thrown in), with the JM's being the most subjectively "bright" of the 3, the SF the more subdued and laid back. I haven't heard the Aerial model you specifically mention, but I think their "house" sound is terrific and can't imagine any of their line failing to please. Ultimately, of course, it's your call, since you're the one who will be sitting in front of 'em. Be sure to hear them with a wide variety of material that YOU like, because the software is the gorilla in the room and will change the sound of your system far more than any component changes will, assuming you start with high-quality speakers (as you will, according to your summary). You don't want to be leaving your favorite music on the shelf because you hate what the speakers are doing to it. Please keep us posted as to how everything turns out. Clifton

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Re: aerial acoustics lr3's

Thank you for your response Clifton, it was exactly what I was looking for. I do not want a bright speaker, natural is what I am looking for.

Currently my system is a Denon 2910 DVD player unmodified, Denon avr4806 receiver with a top of line monster line conditioner. Rear speakers are in-ceiling sonance directional speakers. Front l,r and c are infinity overture 1's. The system sounds okay but I want to improve it. The primary use is for Music so quality sound is the most important aspect of the system. After a couple of hours, I feel fatigued and cannot listen any longer. I believe this is due to high frequency distortion.

The purposed changes are to use the Denon 4806 as a pre amp and purchase a hybrid butler audio tbd 5150 as the power amp. I am tossing around the idea of upgrading the Denon 2910's clock and front 3 channels to improve the source quality. The write ups on the upgrade say dramatic improvement in both sound and video, so.... If the upgrade is not feasable, I will have to look for a good source replacement. Change front, center and left speakers to the aerial acoustics lr3's and cc3b center channel.

Last upgrade will be to replace the monitor audio asw 110 subwoofer with a veledyne dd15. With the changes I figure the sound should be pretty good in a family room/kitchen that is 18 X 30 with stone floors and all the usual furniture.

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Re: aerial acoustics lr3's

I can't add anything to Clifton's post but i would like to give you an advise regarding the dd-15.If money permits,go for a pair of dd-12 instead of a single dd-15.

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Yes. This is a pretty big room, and two subs will not only give you the grunt down below, but also smooth out the bass, since two will be reproducing a true stereo signal, rather than the L+R "summed" output that only one would use. I would rather spend $1000 on two cheaper subs than $1500 and up on one super quality sub. I tried both approaches in my 14'X 26'X 9' room, and the cheap, discontinued Velodyne DPS-10 ($600/pair) sounded better than a couple of $2000-ish models I used in one-sub-only applications. The fact that you are going with Aerials, which always have good, balanced bass, even in the smaller models, means your subs will have to do less work. Good luck, Clifton

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Re: aerial acoustics lr3's

Another fan of Aerial here.

I agree about their house sound. Every model I've heard has been nice and "right" with excellent speed.

They should be something you can be happy with long term.

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After looking around the family room, I cannot fit two subwoofers for the same reason I need bookshelf speakers. This being the families primary living space, there is only room on one side of the family room for a subwoofer. Clifton, Yiangos and Budda, you guys are right though, two would sound better.

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Hi, Timf -- one will probably do the job for you. As you try different set-ups, be sure to try placing the one sub behind and between the two main speakers, slightly right of center as you look at the system. Don't get frustrated if it sounds too boomy on some recordings and not strong enough on others, or if occasionally you have to slightly change the subwoofer volume/crossover settings for "extreme" recordings (some are just too bass-shy or bass-heavy, and that's just the way things are). Look for the happy medium, where on your best recordings the subs are just "there" without asserting themselves. Good luck and keep us posted, Clifton.

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