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Old 12-03-2017, 08:22 PM
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In my system the LS27 sounds thin It lacks the depth and richness of the Ref 5se. But then at twice the retail price it should sound better.
'thin' ???, LOL ...... you're right at dbl the price (msrp) it should sound better.......marginally so , as it does......to each his own.
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'thin' ???, LOL ...... you're right at dbl the price (msrp) it should sound better.......marginally so , as it does......to each his own.
Maybe it is just different systems and system synergy. But I was not impressed with the LS27. Originally I was going to upgrade to an LS27 from an LS25 mk2. My dealer was going to give me a great deal on his demo unit. But after having it in my system for a while I just missed my LS25 mk2. The LS27 did some things much better but to me sounded thin. It lacked presence. I thought at best it was a side ways move.

The Ref 5se on the other hand has the best attributes of both and more. It has the more spacious detailed sound stage of the LS27. But also has the presence and depth I felt it lacked. I did not think they were close. But again this is in my all ARC system. Mated with a different amp it may not sound the way it does with my amp.
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To understand you correctly, the 5SE sounds a bit better than the LS28? If yes, in what way?

Thanks.

Honestly, it was so close that most of my customers couldnít tell the difference.

Iíd like to think my REF5SE is better. The soundstage was a bit better - just a bit deeper and wider. But itís very close unless you did AB in quick succession.
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The Ref 5se on the other hand has the best attributes of both and more. It has the more spacious detailed sound stage of the LS27. But also has the presence and depth I felt it lacked. I did not think they were close. But again this is in my all ARC system. Mated with a different amp it may not sound the way it does with my amp.
By no means am I trying to say the 27 bested the 5se, just that in my comparison it was close and by no means does the 27 sound 'thin' in my system. Would the 5se better it, I'm sure it would..........but right now I've got a new shotgun that I've got my eye on !
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