I did a side by side comparison with my new RTi12's vs the RTi8's that I have had in my possession for the better part of 2 years. I personally believed the 8's were fantastic speakers, never a complaint in the HT setting. Every time I would put on a CD to enjoy some tunes in 2 channel, I would get distracted and switch it to 5 channel listening to add the sub. I just didn't believe that 2 channel "Pure Direct" as the Denon calls it, was for me.
Imagine my suprise when I hooked up these RTi12's. A side by side listen with the Eagles "Long Road out of Eden" CD quickly had me mesmerized. Such broad range, "Fullness" was the only thing I could think. Definition to this music I thought I knew so well. I quickly called my wife down to listen with me... as we both sat on our leather couch, stunned at the clarity, stage, feeling we were experiencing. The punch from the little subs were extremely impressive from the 12's... almost like they hit your in the chest with their sound. I sat for a good hour just listening to the entire Album, caught up in the moment of my first taste of Audio bliss from my new "Big Boys." I did several side by side switching between the 8's and the 12's... not even in the same league for Music. My once beautiful 8's sounded tinny and hollow. Shallow and lethargic.
Toxis loaned me a Rotel 2 channel amp to try, and sceptically I hooked it up. At first I couldn't hear a distinct difference, then suddenly the familiar part of CD 1 track 7 hit, and Holy Snitzels... what I had considered to be bliss with the RTi12's without an amp, suddenly had true life. My ears applauded me, my wife kissed me, and I knew I had arrived. I performed several Amp/No Amp tests with both HT and Music, and the Rotel just added an element that wasn't there before. I could close my eyes, and get lost in the music. Replay of CD 1 Track 1 and man.. the vocals were so impressive, I had to play it four more times to make sure my ears weren't playing tricks on me!
While I have previously been 90%+ a HT buff, music albums are suddenly begging to be played. I popped in a recorded mix... i couldn't even finish it. The once ok sound, was unbearable. The RTi12's magnified the deficiencies of the tracks and made it un-listenable.
Nicklebacks newest CD... some of the best songs I know by heart... suddenly were strangers to me. Sounds, vocals, breaths I had never heard were moving through my room. Amazing!
I really have no other way to say it than, these are well worth the upgrade price! (Beardog, it's coming! :D)
Anyone who is into music, and not sure if they should get the cheaper RTi8's or step up the RTi12's... no brainer. Get the 12's.
Sorry for not being a pro yet on the details of a review, but thanks to all for the possibility to get this far! Here's to an amazing future!