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Old 05-09-2009, 02:28 AM   #1
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Default The Official Elemental Designs Speakers Thread

Please discuss your Elemental Designs speakers in this thread. You can include pictures, reviews, or any other comments regarding your speakers.

Manufacturer’s Website: http://www.edesignaudio.com/index.php?cPath=2_42


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Old 05-09-2009, 10:41 PM   #2
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I personally used eD speakers in my car, when I was into that "Thump, thump" driving down the street, "Look at me, and how loud my car is" phase of my life. Back then I was impressed with the quality of the product and how it worked in a harsh environment like a car during a Canadian winter. So for me, when I decided to move my stereo indoors, the move to eD products was a simple one to make.

Elemental Designs is an internet-only speaker company that has a solid reputation for quality of product and sound. So when I called and asked if I was able to test their product in my house, and if I didn't like it, send it back, they replied "Sure. We'll even split return shipping if you don't like them."(I'm in Canada, so shipping is more expensive, hence the offer) Can't really go wrong with that kind of deal for an internet company, so I pulled the trigger on my front stage. I ordered a set of their A6-6T6 towers and an A6-6T6 MTM center channel speaker.


It took about a week for them to get shipped from Iowa to Calgary, Canada, using the cheapest FedEx shipping possible. If you're in the US, you actually get free shipping (lucky you) but shipping to Canada costs extra. When the set arrived, I was initially impressed with how things were packaged. The boxes were very sturdy, and everything was wrapped in either styrofoam or cardboard and tape. No damage was incurred on shipping, which is pretty good for something this heavy, as I work in the shipping industry (see avatar) and know how things like this get handled. Upon unwrapping the set, I found the speakers themselves were covered with a LDF fiberboard, to protect the cones from damage.

On initial set-up, I did find that the bass and mid-bass was a little lacking, and found myself bumping the bass setting on my receiver a couple notches on my first listening test. I decided to give these a break-in, and I know that break-in varies from person-to-person when it comes to how to do it properly. For myself, I used the FM radio, flattened the tone settings on the receiver, and turned it to half volume for 2 days while I was at work. After that, I tried my listening test again, and was pleased. The speakers had "warmed" up, and the bass and mid-bass seemed to open up more, and have more presence. (For stereo listening, I used Gord Downie's "Coke Machine Glow" CD, with an LG DVD player using optical inputs.)

Moving from CD's to Blu-rays, I tried SpiderMan 2.1 and turned it to my favorite scene, the initial firing of the singularity machine. Excellent bass track. I had my speakers set to large, as I didn't have a sub at the time. Dialog was strong and centered well with the new speakers and the bass from the soundtrack was impressive. Don't get me wrong, these speakers don't replace the need for a sub, but running without one will still get you acceptable LFE. Pleased as I was with the speakers, I felt comfortable in taking all the packing materials to the local recycling depot, as these new speakers weren't going anywhere.

When it came time to complete the soundstage and get some better surround speakers than I had, I again contacted eD and went looking for suggestions as to which of their speaker lines would best suit my needs. I was pleasantly surprised when it was recommended to me that I consider the small A3-5TC bookshelf speakers for surrounds, as they would provide me with a very nice surround package. They didn't try to sell me the most expensive, or even the middle ground, but stated that with most movie soundtracks, there is very little surround action that is mixed below 80Hz, and the A3-5TC would be more than adequate. So I purchased the bookshelves and a set of their 31" surround stands, and waited for the FedEx guy to once again, show up at my door with more goodies for me. One week later.......

showed up at my door. I must confess that I didn't give them any kind of break-in this time, I just let them warm up to room temp overnight, and then wired them up the next day. That night I gave them a listen with "Hellboy II" and was very pleased with the output of the little bookshelf that could.

So pleased am I with my current soundstage, that I have recently purchased an Elemental Designs A3-300 subwoofer as well, and will be writing up a review of it once I get it set-up with my gear and integrated into my HT room.

I really recommend Elemental Designs to anyone starting out in HT. They really give you a good value, and give brands like Polk, Klipsch, and even Energy good competition. And before you say anything, yes, I did demo all three brands I mentioned when I was looking for speakers. Overall, I found that eD had the most pleasing performance to me, and the looks as well. I mean, come on, what's better than a cute girl in a little black dress, or unassuming all-black speakers with big sound. And customer service is second-to-none as well.

Give them a try, you may be surprised.
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Old 01-12-2010, 09:21 PM   #3
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i have had my eD 5.1 system since July 2007. (speakers in signature). I will be upgrading my center channel to the 6t6 next month. They were not available at the time of my purchase. I can echo many of zman's statements. They provide an excellent wide soundstage and great imaging. Very sturdy construction and I dig the black. Condering you can get an extra 15% off using eD's package builder, they are an even better value.

My only caveat is to not expect a full range speaker with the towers. To really have the low end hit hard, you really need a dedicated sub. For many HT applications, a set of 6t6's (non towers) may be a better choice. I prefer the towers for music and like the look better so I am more than happy with them.

As for the sub, check out the dedicated thread in the subwoofer forum. I think eD has the best bang for your buck home theater subs on the market.
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Old 01-26-2010, 12:28 AM   #4
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i am splitting up a brand new PAIR of w6's so i can have a w6 for my center channel. if you would like to save money on ONE PM me
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Old 01-26-2010, 03:25 AM   #5
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i am splitting up a brand new PAIR of w6's so i can have a w6 for my center channel. if you would like to save money on ONE PM me
i have several eD's on ebay... check them out
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Old 01-26-2010, 04:18 PM   #6
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I ordered three a6-6t6 to replace my current Klipsch RB-51's and RC-52. When it get them hooked up I will post a review.
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Front:Elemental Designs A6-6T6 Tower
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Old 01-27-2010, 12:56 AM   #7
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I ordered three a6-6t6 to replace my current Klipsch RB-51's and RC-52. When it get them hooked up I will post a review.
mtm's or towers?
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mtm's or towers?
MTM's, my wife said I couldn't have large subwoofers and large speakers.
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MTM's, my wife said I couldn't have large subwoofers and large speakers.
do you plan on putting them on stands outside the E.C., the area where your Klipsch's are looks way to small

you should like the sound, i was using 5 a6-5t5 across the front soundstage in a Audyssey DSX setup and it sounded pretty darn good and your 6t6's have larger drivers all around. After owning Klipsch's before what you should notice is that the 6t6's will sound more laid back and i found that listening fatigued was greatly reduced, the lack of brightness of the tweeters produce on the eD's is easier on my ears, the MTM' configuration should improve your midrange and eD's have excellent imaging
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sterryo's right. The A6-6T6 MTM is a pretty big speaker. I don't think the L/R speakers will fit in the entertainment center that you have now. Unless you can adjust the shelving somehow. Overall though, you should be really impressed with the sound. And as mentioned, you WILL notice a difference in the highs between the eD's and the Klipsch you have now. I think you'll enjoy them.
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do you plan on putting them on stands outside the E.C., the area where your Klipsch's are looks way to small

you should like the sound, i was using 5 a6-5t5 across the front soundstage in a Audyssey DSX setup and it sounded pretty darn good and your 6t6's have larger drivers all around. After owning Klipsch's before what you should notice is that the 6t6's will sound more laid back and i found that listening fatigued was greatly reduced, the lack of brightness of the tweeters produce on the eD's is easier on my ears, the MTM' configuration should improve your midrange and eD's have excellent imaging
I was going to try simply replacing the current Klipsch speakers with the ED's, but I do have some stands if I need them. When I talked with the ED guys they thought they might fit, but I won't hold them to that.
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sterryo's right. The A6-6T6 MTM is a pretty big speaker. I don't think the L/R speakers will fit in the entertainment center that you have now. Unless you can adjust the shelving somehow. Overall though, you should be really impressed with the sound. And as mentioned, you WILL notice a difference in the highs between the eD's and the Klipsch you have now. I think you'll enjoy them.
The other day I listened to the klipsch side by side to an NHT and a Paradigm. I preferred the sound of the Paradigm, which I understand will be closer to the sound of the ED's. That's what sold me on making the purchase.
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do you plan on putting them on stands outside the E.C., the area where your Klipsch's are looks way to small

you should like the sound, i was using 5 a6-5t5 across the front soundstage in a Audyssey DSX setup and it sounded pretty darn good and your 6t6's have larger drivers all around. After owning Klipsch's before what you should notice is that the 6t6's will sound more laid back and i found that listening fatigued was greatly reduced, the lack of brightness of the tweeters produce on the eD's is easier on my ears, the MTM' configuration should improve your midrange and eD's have excellent imaging
The klipsch are 12x20x16in and the ED's are 8.65"x22.4x9. Based on that I think they should fit. If not they'll go on the stands.
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The klipsch are 12x20x16in and the ED's are 8.65"x22.4x9. Based on that I think they should fit. If not they'll go on the stands.
well they sure didn't look that tall, but looks like 2.5" more won't be a problem then. congrats on your purchase and enjoy
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Just got off the phone with Brett at eD. New front soundstage incoming :

A6-6T6 towers (1 pair for mains)
A6 Custom Center (MTM)

Towers should be here early next week (thoughts, impressions, and pics will be forthcoming). Center will be following about 3 - 4 weeks later.

A mock-up drawing of the custom center, as supplied by Brett:

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And so the wait begins!!!
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Yeah, the Klipsch don't look that big in the picture. But it sounds like you have everything under control. Enjoy them.
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Hey zman, thanks again for your input on the speakers the other day!
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Towers have shipped; center is Awaiting Production!
Display: 52" Sony KDL-52W4100
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Mains: Elemental Designs A6-6T6
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The other day I listened to the klipsch side by side to an NHT and a Paradigm. I preferred the sound of the Paradigm, which I understand will be closer to the sound of the ED's. That's what sold me on making the purchase.
I absolutely love my ED sub and have actually been testing out some Paradigm Monitor towers and center channel. So the ED speakers sound similar to Paradigms? The Paradigms were amazing when I heard them, so if these are comparable I need to take these into consideration knowing the quality behind ED products.
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I absolutely love my ED sub and have actually been testing out some Paradigm Monitor towers and center channel. So the ED speakers sound similar to Paradigms? The Paradigms were amazing when I heard them, so if these are comparable I need to take these into consideration knowing the quality behind ED products.
I haven't heard the ED speakers yet. But I was told they are similar to Paradigms.
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