Originally Posted by seamon @Ike1985
might be able to help you as he listens to a lot of metal.
I don't listen to metal but U12/A12 is also one of the slowest monitors around. The Treble is also as opposite of sparkly as you can get at this level, it's very well extended though. I EQ to extract more Treble. Also Soundstage width is one of the widest too imo.
Yes I am a huge metal head. The A18 and A12 are not actually faster or slower than each other, we're talking speed of electricity here, but the signature can make one sound faster or slower. The A12 has an elevated low end and recessed highs and upper mids. This reduces precision in-stage and detail as well. I find the A18 to be plenty musical-retaining the 64 Audio warm musical signature(just enough warmth on A18 to make it musical)+ via slightly elevated sub bass balanced with sparkly highs and detailed upper mids. This creates a pin point sound vs the A12, it's way easier to tell where a sound is coming from and where it starts/stops on A18 and you can follow that textured decay all the way to the end, especially in the highs. The A12 does sound slow, the A18 does sound faster and handles fast music way better, both are musical and flow. The A18 review is in my signature. I haven't heard A10 or Tia Forte but as far as A12 vs A18 for FAST Ametal, forget A12. A12 can sound epic with doom/stoner metal like Dopethrone, Kinglord, Beastwars, Elephant Tree, Keef and High Priest and also hars rock Like Egypt, Mississippi Bones, Hunt The Witch, 100 watt Vipers, etc. Always take advantage of a chance to plug metal bands! 🤣Edited by Ike1985 - 4/21/17 at 6:24am