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Old 05-11-2015, 07:05 PM
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I bought a pair of Aerial 20T V2's in 2009 to replace my Aerial LR5's. I was using a BAT VK600 SE at the time along with a Denon AVP-A1. I always wanted to get a dedicated 2 channel BAT pre-amp (VK 52SE) but never got around to it. I ended up selling everything I had (Except my Aerial Speakers) do to the poor economy and the wife loosing her job.

In 2011 I purcahsed a Mcintosh C50 and a MC452 and got the 20T's back up and running. This was the first time I had the 20T's running with a 2 channel pre and it was amazing. Unfortunately a year after buying the Mcintosh gear I sold it off to pay for my son's first year of College. I haven't had the speakers up and running since early 2012. My son has one more year of college to go and I was hoping to get the 20T's back up and running but the wife wants to downsize to a smaller home so I might be putting them up on the used market soon.

As far as the sound goes I think the Aerial's are one of the most underated speakers on the market. I haven't heard everything out there but I did compare them to Wilson's (great speaker as well) B&W, KEF, Revel and a few others. The only issue that I can see with the speaker is the narrow listening window. If your in the sweet spot though these are amazing at soundstaging and the bass is just awesome. I grew up in the 80's so I listen to alot of 70's and 80's rock and for me these speakers where the answer.
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Old 05-11-2015, 07:38 PM
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I bought a pair of Aerial 20T V2's in 2009 to replace my Aerial LR5's. I was using a BAT VK600 SE at the time along with a Denon AVP-A1. I always wanted to get a dedicated 2 channel BAT pre-amp (VK 52SE) but never got around to it. I ended up selling everything I had (Except my Aerial Speakers) do to the poor economy and the wife loosing her job.

In 2011 I purcahsed a Mcintosh C50 and a MC452 and got the 20T's back up and running. This was the first time I had the 20T's running with a 2 channel pre and it was amazing. Unfortunately a year after buying the Mcintosh gear I sold it off to pay for my son's first year of College. I haven't had the speakers up and running since early 2012. My son has one more year of college to go and I was hoping to get the 20T's back up and running but the wife wants to downsize to a smaller home so I might be putting them up on the used market soon.

As far as the sound goes I think the Aerial's are one of the most underated speakers on the market. I haven't heard everything out there but I did compare them to Wilson's (great speaker as well) B&W, KEF, Revel and a few others. The only issue that I can see with the speaker is the narrow listening window. If your in the sweet spot though these are amazing at soundstaging and the bass is just awesome. I grew up in the 80's so I listen to alot of 70's and 80's rock and for me these speakers where the answer.
Nice post. Thanks very much. Is the listening window extremely narrow? For example, if you were in a recliner and reclined back, would simply moving down a foot hurt the sound? Or are you talking about on a larger scale, such as standing vs sitting?

Also, I've read that they don't work well in a small room. However, I've heard from one owner that he didn't have a problem in a smaller room. What's your opinion on that? Thanks again.
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Old 05-11-2015, 10:11 PM
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Even though SELYPB hasn't answered yet, I find the 20T V2's to have an excellent and wide sweet spot.

The only limitation, which is inherent to most all ribbon tweeters will be when you stand up; some highs will be rolled off.
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Old 05-11-2015, 10:28 PM
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Even though SELYPB hasn't answered yet, I find the 20T V2's to have an excellent and wide sweet spot.

The only limitation, which is inherent to most all ribbon tweeters will be when you stand up; some highs will be rolled off.
Thanks Ivan. To me, I'd rather the limitation of the sweet spot be in the vertical axis vs the horizontal axis. That's really not an issue for me. Plus I'm only 5'10" so how rolled off could it be? Lol
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My room is 22.5 X 14.5 X 8 and I had no problems with the speakers in the room. I had the speakers about 3 feet out from the front wall and 1.5 feet from the side walls. The speakers where towed in to form a equilateral triangle so that the sweet spot seat was just inside of the corner of that equilateral triangle.

If you would stand up or recline the chair flat there would be some roll off as Ivan said. I tweaked the speakers around for about six months and found this to be the optimal set up for my room. Great sound staging and the bass just the way I liked it.
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My room is 22.5 X 14.5 X 8 and I had no problems with the speakers in the room. I had the speakers about 3 feet out from the front wall and 1.5 feet from the side walls. The speakers where towed in to form a equilateral triangle so that the sweet spot seat was just inside of the corner of that equilateral triangle.

If you would stand up or recline the chair flat there would be some roll off as Ivan said. I tweaked the speakers around for about six months and found this to be the optimal set up for my room. Great sound staging and the bass just the way I liked it.
Thanks for the great posts! Much appreciated.
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I would really like to hear from those who have heard this speaker. Ivan wrote a really nice review in the Esoteric forum. I would love to hear from others who own them.

What do you like about them? What do they do well? What kind of gear are you using them with? How's the high end, midrange and bass? Dynamics? Imaging? Do they stack up well against other high-end speakers you've owned or heard?

I have never heard them but I have read really great things about them. I'm trying to read as much as I can. And I've already read the 2 Stereophile reviews and the one in Home Theater Review. But I really want to hear from owners and those who have experienced them?

Thanks!
Where can I find Ivans review of the 20 T-2 in the Esoteric forum?
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Where can I find Ivans review of the 20 T-2 in the Esoteric forum?
Thread is "All Esoteric Rig" - 1/10/2013
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I think we've seen the end of the 20T's.

Rumor has it that Michael Kelly is working on a replacement for the 20T's, as he mentioned during a May 6th demonstration at AV Therapy in Nashua NH. But we probably will not see anything introduces before sometime in 2016.

Rumors were also heard about the "12T" but no specifics were given. It was assumed these would be the designated 20T V2 replacements.

Folks are also looking for a new center channel & in-wall units but as we all know, Mr. Kelly does not move fast on new product designs which is OK by me. When he does introduce new product, it proves to be a sensational addition to the Aerial Acoustics line of fine products.
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I think we've seen the end of the 20T's.

Rumor has it that Michael Kelly is working on a replacement for the 20T's, as he mentioned during a May 6th demonstration at AV Therapy in Nashua NH. But we probably will not see anything introduces before sometime in 2016.

Rumors were also heard about the "12T" but no specifics were given. It was assumed these would be the designated 20T V2 replacements.

Folks are also looking for a new cente
r channel & in-wall units but as we all know, Mr. Kelly does not move fast on new product designs which is OK by me. When he does introduce new product, it proves to be a sensational addition to the Aerial Acoustics line of fine products.
Yamaki, I realize that the 20T's are discontinued but I'm wondering if you've heard them. If so, what are your thoughts?
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