Who here has experience with Aerial Acoustic 7b?

tomlinmgt

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Getting remarried soon and bride to be mentioned she preferred the aesthetic of the veneered Chorus II's I once had in my living room system (for TV and background music) over the current JBL Studio 590's (too black). A set of the Aerials in question has become available somewhat locally (about 90 min away) in cherry and I've wanted to try 10t's for years. My understanding is the 7b's come pretty damn close, and I think they offer an arguably more appealing aesthetic (never cared much for the modular look when it has the bass cabinet in wood veneer and mid/hi cabinet in matte black). The 10t and 7b share the same tweeter, not sure if either of the two mid drivers is markedly better than the other, and I have a few 12" SVS subs in the living room system so any edge the 10t may have over the 7b in the low end would be lost on my system, anyway. Internet testimonials swing from "musical, warm and enveloping" to "lean and boring". I really don't have half a day to spend auditioning a set of secondary system speakers, so if I decide to go after them it will be to bring them home (unless they turn out to have undisclosed damage, of course). I have an old set of ADS 1290 II's I've been thinking of selling because I don't really use them, but I do like their voicing quite a lot, so the Mike Kelly design philosophy tends to agree with my tastes. Anyone have anything they can share about the 7b's?

Thanks,
Michael
 

240sx4u

Technically It's LexusGuy
Hey dude, congratulations on the upcoming nuptials. FWIW I heard a set a VERRRRRY long time ago and thought they sounded pretty good. Totally useless information probably but I thought I would share anyway. :)
 
I've spent a lot of time with a buddy's 10t's and can honestly say you will probably be very happy with the 7t as well. They are more bright than dark and very revealing of source material. My own ears are used to punchy ported dynamic speakers with metal tweeters (JBL 250TI and Revel Salon 2) and I find the 10t's quite similar actually. I think you'll enjoy them a lot.
 

S0und Dragon

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I loved my 10T's and miss them. My current Onkyo Monitors remind me of them in some ways, sound wise. They like Power and need an amp that doesn't mind the slight dip into the 3 ohm range for certain frequency bands and transients. If I had the chance to buy either the 10T or the 7T at this point, I may try the 7T just for the modern form factor and desire to try another speaker in the line up. But the 10T is a damn fine speaker.
 

tomlinmgt

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Thanks for the kind words, fellas. Just to be clear, I'm looking at 7b's, not 7t's. My understanding is the 7b's are a more "forgiving" speaker (which I need in the room they're intended for) than the 7t's or 10t's...yet I've also read some say the 7b's are very revealing of changes to upstream electronics and that, in my world, is a bit of a contradiction to what I classify as "forgiving". Every speaker I've used in the living room system...Klipsch Chorus II's, JBL Studio 590's, Klipsch Epic CF-4, EV Interface C II...are rather revealing, which is precisely what I'm trying to move away from.
 
I never met an Aerial speaker I didn't like. 1st experience with the brand was hearing 7b's in a Portland, OR shop–a big step up from the ADS 1290's and Snell Type Ds I had at the time. Non-fatiguing, but with very nice detail. Could distinctly hear/feel the hammer strike followed by the resonance and decay of solo piano notes. Similarly with ride cymbals: tink, ring and decay–closer to what they sounded like when I was actively performing than I'd heard before. With cello you could distinctly hear the attack of the notes with bow-on-string as well as very rich resonance. Bass was tight and controlled, didn't find it lacking whatsoever. They didn't strike me as laid-back, but I'd imagine that's room and system-dependent. Ran 5b's with sub for a few years and really liked them, and am lusting now for some 7t's - they struck me as holographic when I heard them.
 
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tomlinmgt

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I never met an Aerial speaker I didn't like. 1st experience with the brand was hearing 7b's in a Portland, OR shop–a big step up from the ADS 1290's and Snell Type Ds I had at the time. Non-fatiguing, but with very nice detail. Could distinctly hear/feel the hammer strike followed by the resonance and decay of solo piano notes. Similarly with ride cymbals: tink, ring and decay–closer to what they sounded like when I was actively performing than I'd heard before. With cello you could distinctly hear the attack of the notes with bow-on-string as well as very rich resonance. Bass was tight and controlled, didn't find it lacking whatsoever. They didn't strike me as laid-back, but I'd imagine that's room and system-dependent. Ran 5b's with sub for a few years and really liked them, and am lusting now for some 7t's - they struck me as holographic when I heard them.
Good info, Uplander. But it's a little bittersweet...the seller is having second thoughts about letting them go. And I dusted off a set of 1290 II's yesterday to check them over before I put them on the market to help fund the Aerial purchase. :\
 
Good info, Uplander. But it's a little bittersweet...the seller is having second thoughts about letting them go. And I dusted off a set of 1290 II's yesterday to check them over before I put them on the market to help fund the Aerial purchase. :\
Bummer. I’ve seen them on the used market, not frequently but kind of regularly. The shop where I first heard them is listing a pair for about 20% more than I’d consider market value. Finish unknown.
 
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