Kain
Quested speakers seem to come highly-recommended on AVS' $20,000+ High-End forum. I thought I would look for some feedback here as to how the Catalyst 8C/12C compare to Quested speakers. Any opinions/feedback and/or another other notes will be appreciated.
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audioguy
Kain wrote:
Quested speakers seem to come highly-recommended on AVS' $20,000+ High-End forum. I thought I would look for some feedback here as to how the Catalyst 8C/12C compare to Quested speakers. Any opinions/feedback and/or another other notes will be appreciated.


While he may not be 100% objective, I think Mark did an install (and calibration) of 6 SubMersives in The Blands system who won Theater Of the Month on AVS and he uses Quested speakers.

Here is the link: http://www.avsforum.com/forum/92-community-news-polls/1674698-ht-month-le-petit-trianon.html
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Stereodude
Aren't the Quested speakers even more money than the Catalysts?
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bartl007
If memory serves, the LT10 is ~$5500 each without amps but the bland may be able to offer more insight as he auditioned the LT8 and cat12 in his room at the same time (though he only had a single catalyst to compare against a pair of LT8 if I understand correctly)

The LT10 is what he went with for baffle mounted LCR and I believe that is what mark may have heard when calibrating his sub system.

I'm interested in any other comments from others. Personally, my biggest concern with the quested AMT is the narrow vertical dispersion and room coverage over multiple rows. Interestingly, after looking into some of the other dedicated theater options from procella and Pro audio technology, they both seem to favor the narrow vertical dispersion approach with their waveguides. Though not quite as narrow. I think the procella and pro audio vertical dispersion is something close to 50-60 degree with the quested somewhere closer to 45.
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Stereodude
Too expensive for my tastes.  Cineramax also rubs me the wrong way, so there would have to be other dealers I could buy them from.  I have two pairs of powered Emotiva speakers (Stealth 8 & Airmotiv 4) with AMT tweeters and they do sound very nice.
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thebland

Hi all

I test drove the Questeds and found the 2-way design very pleasing compared to my previous speaker (utilizing a compression driver) and a Seaton Catalyst I had on hand. Don't get me wrong, Mark's speaker was dynamic, precise and powerful - certainly the best HT / compression driver speaker I have ever heard and far surpassing my previous speakers - but I was looking for a wholesale change in sonics and the airiness and sonic signature of the Questeds offered the change I was looking for. Mainly, I wanted to try a design away from compression drivers. I had Klipsch and my Servodrove Runt LCRs (that Mark installed) and though Mark's 12C was superior to my own speakers at the time, I simply wanted a change. I've always been an experimenter and innovative in my choices for the theater and the AMTs / Ribbons were the obvious next thing for me to try. 


The Questeds do have limited dispersion both vertically and horizontally, but that was a compromise I was willing to accept. With three rows of seating, there may be some loss to the outer corner seats in the front row but nothing that seems significant during movies. The dispersion limits were more obvious with test tones, etc during set up and placement (that Mark accomplished for me). I didn't want domes either as they tend to blow up under high power.

However, I bought 6 Submersives from Mark and they are awesome!! Moreover, Mark's expertise and service is second to none. He is truly passionate about all things HT and it shows in all his products.

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Stereodude
thebland wrote:
I didn't want domes either as they tend to blow up under high power.

You've just got to keep Mark away from the volume knob. [eek]
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thebland
Stereodude wrote:
thebland wrote:
I didn't want domes either as they tend to blow up under high power.

You've just got to keep Mark away from the volume knob. [eek]


You wouldn't believe the volumes he used with his demo discs after installing - I really  thought he was trying to blow the room up!
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Stereodude
thebland wrote:
You wouldn't believe the volumes he used with his demo discs after installing - I really  thought he was trying to blow the room up!

I think he was just checking your drywall for poorly secured joints.  It's one of those no cost extras. [cool]
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