Kevin said: The Avantos are a terrific value. Okay, $1499 isn’t chump change, but if all you want is one system that will perform excellently with music and movies while looking fabulous, you may not have to look further.
The gist: You get all this for that?!
Kevin said: If all you have is one system, and a limited amount of space that you must keep relatively uncluttered, the MT-60D could very well be the system for you. Its cinematic performance is exceptional, and its musical performance is likely unchallenged for a system of its size.
The gist: Small but potent HT speaker system.
Colin said: The sound is excellent for a system that can’t be all things to all people, and I have no doubt the SoloCinema XTR would trounce every home-theater-in-a-box available at the local electronics barn. If your remodeling plans don’t include wires and bulk, but do include convenience, sleek modern design, and great sound for the price, Definitive Technology’s SoloCinema XTR should be at the top of your shopping list.
The gist: Not quite separates, but blows away an HTiB.
Kevin said: If all you have room for is one system, and you listen to Internet Radio and watch DVDs and Blu-rays, the Focal Pack could very well be the system that will satisfy all your needs at a reasonable price.
The gist: Compact system that is better for movies than music.
Vince said: They’re beauties to look at, with a high-gloss finish to match that of any flat-panel TV. The Folded Motion Tweeter is more refined than those used in other wall-mounts I’ve heard, and the Motion SLMs produced much better depth of image than other on-walls -- at least comparable to that of good bookshelf speakers. Finally, if you’re looking for a small subwoofer, MartinLogan’s Dynamo 700w should be on your short list -- this little wunderkind slays anything in its class that I’ve heard.
The gist: Slick-looking lifestyle system that also performs well.
Vince said: This system played far louder and cleaner than I thought it could when I began my listening. Not only that, within the area of the audioband that it could actually reproduce, it didn’t lack in any audiophile performance area: imaging, high-frequency reproduction, and soundstage depth were all top notch. Think of the PSB Imagine Mini as a reference-quality speaker that you can hold in the palm of your hand.
The gist: Mini in size and name, not in performance.