|Phase Technology Premier Collection (PC) 3.1 Home Theater System|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Speaker Systems|
|Written by Ed Masterson|
|Tuesday, 01 October 2002|
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The front speakers and subwoofer are really designed as a subwoofer satellite system. Therefore the subwoofer is not a device used primarily in movies but an essential part of your music experience as well. Integration of subwoofer/speaker systems is not trivial and without proper setup, will not perform to the capability of the system. When purchasing this package, I recommend that you consult your dealer for advice on setup and proper integration.
The rear channels did not blend with the front channels to form a continuous soundfield in the manner of the sound I had heard with my comparably-priced Klipsch system. The rear channels seemed to call attention to themselves while producing the rear channel effects. Unfortunately, Phase Technology does not offer a bi-polar speaker for their PC speaker series. To my ears, they blend much better, especially for movies.
No matching stands are offered for the front speakers. Some consumers may prefer to pick their own stands, but as an enthusiast with an ear for detail, I want a quality set of stands, matching the aesthetic glamour of this fine package. If you have thoughts of placing a speaker of this performance on a shelf, expect to experience a sizable degradation in performance. Moreover, safety is another concern without matching stands. You want make sure your Phase Techs are perfectly level and seriously stuck on their stands so that they are unlikely to fall over and squish the dog.
It has been said that when it comes to designing something to a price point, sacrifices have to be made. As a manufacturer, if you outsource a particular component such as a driver, you might limit your options to what is available at or near your price point. However, if you engineer and build everything yourself as Phase Technology does, you maximize the number of opportunities to reduce cost and maximize performance.
Compromises are hard to find in a system with this exceptional build quality, even when compared to speakers at as much as twice the price. With their conservative and elegant styling, and relatively small size, the Phase Technology System will fit nicely into almost any décor and will not overwhelm smaller rooms. Those with a tight budget will not be disappointed with the soundstaging performance and may be surprised to find that their recordings do not have to be perfect to be enjoyable. Those with a small space available for theater will likely be very satisfied with the theater performance. The Phase Technology PC Series theater system is a well-balanced package that is enjoyable for both music and movies at very reasonable price point.