Originally Posted by Rampant
I try not to judge gear by brand alone. I've listened to Behringer PA speakers in GC just playing program music (CDs), and they're inaccurate. It's not unexpected either - a cheap titanium horn-loaded tweeter isn't going to be smooth. Same story with cheap Peavey, EV, JBL and Yamaha gear. That model Behringer looks to be discontinued, but its successor is a <$300 active monitor: Behringer B212D at zZounds
The Atomic is
a cheap Chinese cabinet - BUT - it uses quality Eminence drivers. +2 points.
I'm sure the Carvin is fine - maybe the DCMs are a little better but most likely it was a few minor design changes and a rebranding.
Again, I think if you're missing "presence," it's some peakyness that you were used to with the other sound. I found the stock presets a bit dark with my setup, so it's no surprise that something with a smoother top end might come off as, well, smooth and dark? Try some of the brighter presets like Still Got the Blues or the cranked JCM800 sounds. Better yet, tweak the patches with a little more presence or filter out some of the low bass. See what happens. Definitely curious to hear how well you fare tuning, as I've had great success so far.
EDIT: One thing that really grinds my gears is that Atomicl simply won't post technical specifications for the Reactor cabinets.
I want to see frequency response curves, driver models and efficiencies, etc. I know the woofer is a custom Eminence job and it's built closely to one of the existing models, and I had identified the Eminence tweeter at one point too, but still, I don't understand the silence.
EDIT AGAIN: I think most of the advice in this OP is both level-headed and reasonable. There's a lot of tone-snobbery around the Fractal forum, some of which I appreciate, some of which I don't, but there are solid reasons for using the most accurate and linear monitors you can afford. http://www.fractalaudio.com/forum/vi...ilit=behringer