Impressions on the STEALTH 8's from here
"This is one of the best in show because they just sounded so wonderful and probably among the best 5 bookshelf sized speakers I have heard at this show ever. That's saying a lot as this show is saturated with bookshelves."
"They could have cost $10,000 for all I knew. That should answer those questions of "Was it good for the $$, or just great, period?" They were just great, period. The fact that they are so inexpensive (which I found out later) is just gravy."
"Bach great violin going on here. I love how organic it sounds. No overshoot at all... Wow room treatment who knew!!!! Mahler has deftness. Very natural sounding dynamic shading. Sweet spot hogs abound in this room nobody is relinquishing even when it's our music. Guitar on Ani sounds so effortless and smooth. Greatness here for sure. I can't find any fault thus far in this setup. Yorke has a HUGE sound very very impressive. Vocals are buttery smooth this is absolutely the best bookshelf type speaker I have heard in this show in years. Big thumbs up here.
Mahler - Damn, it sounds like the basses are even bigger! The quiet parts just disappear softly into the noise floor beautifully. Scale? Yeah, they did that pretty well too.
Bach - What, it's so good I almost forgot to start typing this. Catches the emotion of the piece like nobodies business. Smooth but also with the needed bite.
Ani DiFranco - Hey, nice - her voice is not overly sibilant, but isn't too soft either. Guitar is slightly metalic, but at least it's not boomy! Really good focus clarity.
Thom Yorke - Wow, amazing that this track sounds great in most rooms that otherwise suck. But this time it sounds pretty poor in the current room, which is otherwise excellent. Crazy!
General Room Notes - Yay, another room that understands the importance of room treatments. Listening to Stevie Ray Vaughan and the notes just pop and drop with tons of speed. And a super tiny itty bitty DC-1 driving these very cool Emotiva speakers. IMO, when it is well implemented, there is nothing better than a ribbon tweeter. It's well implemented here. Only problem was the stupid people behind me asking if stereo can bet made to have surround sound, right in my ear. "
Impressions compared to airmotiv 6's
"the low end definitely goes lower and is more present without loosing accuracy. Kicks had that punch in the stomach feel you typically only get on systems with a good sub."
"sounded better than any previous Emotiva gear I've listened to."
"Emotiva Stealth 8 powered studio monitors, hooked up to the fully balanced, true differential Emotiva ProDAC (as demo'd @ RMAF 2012) is what I'd be waiting for. The sound these studio monitors produce is comparable to what you'd expect to get for $10K, and no, I'm not exaggerating."
"I heard these at EmoFest 2012 and they were literally kick-ass."
"We hears these at Emofest this year. In a word.. amazing! Fed from the ProDAC, the sound was full, clear and one was left wondering where the sub was hidden! If I didn't have the Airmotiv6s, I would get these in a heartbeat. For most rooms, these have enough power."
"Everyone who visited the room where they were being demonstrated was impressed."
"I was sitting about ten feet away from the Stealth 8 speakers and they were very convincing. In a small room they would challenge the sound quality of most tower speakers at double the price."
"They were so good, I had to repeatedly find an 'excuse' to listen to them over and over again.
The sound was so much like a live performance in a small venue. The cymbals and drums in the music sounded so real.
Needless to say, I was very impressed!"
seems like a winner, plus, DAT BASS EXTENSION 30 Hz to 23 kHz + / -1.75 dB, is unheard at that price.
Edited by zachchen1996 - 1/14/13 at 6:00pm