Originally Posted by Enlightened Hand
I just really noticed this. I disagree completely as I use both the vxt and the E8b.
The vxt is very similar in balance to the E8b with a little less detail but the balance is VERY similar so that I feel no problems at all mixing on the vxts and then mixing on the E8b.
Also, the E8bs are not at all harsh in the slightest. I don't know what that guy is hearing. I also don't know what "backwards in the mids" means. That sounds like nonsense. People say some of the most ridiculous things sometimes...
Try them for yourself if you can swing it. They're surprisingly good. Read Paul White's review of them in SOS. He, being a lover of naturally balanced speakers, also didn't find them "harsh".
e.. ok. what I mean is that I used to work a lot at two places, one where we had 8040a and one where we I had the VXT8. I really noticed that in a certain mid area I mist the detail on the VXT when comming from the 8040a (on which I worked like 75% of the time). Almost as if there's a slight dip in the crossover area. I havn't seen any graphs, but I heard other people complain about that too..
Now with the E8B that "dip" is totally gone and I have no problem at all switching from the 8040 to the E8B anymore... (edit: and I need to add that NOW the switching from the E8B to the 8040 makes the 8040 sound slightly plastic)
About the Harsh thing, I have put the HF shelf on -1,5.. Otherwise they do seem to be too bright... I have seen graphs of that by the way.. They are slightly bright.
The focals actually hurt my ears sometimes (of cource depending on the volume, but also on lower volumes).. So that could be descibed as "harsh". The E8B's did have that a little bit too, that's why I put the shelf on -1,5.