I just received my new E15 w/ 550w amp option. I started a thread asking for recommendations and everyone was very helpful. Even though there are so many great options out there the rythmik just seemed like the best fit for me. I won't be giving any detailed reviews just yet since there are so many options to dial it in. It was immediately obvious, however, that the E15 is very detailed and musical and easily bests my Epik Legend in those departments. I opted for the matte black option and though it is fairly utilitarion it isnt offensive in any way. A nice satin paint job would be a great option though for those who don't want to splurge for the piano black.
For music (i will use my Marantz AVR w/ XT32 for movies) i am only using a Belles 22A line preamp and Emerald Physics 100.2SE power amp and no base management. My intentions are to crossover the sub w/ the Salk Songtowers natural rolloff point in the low 40hz to high 30hz range. I have begun the setup but am far from really dialing it in. As of right now my settings are:
Ext: i'm trying 20hz and 14hz
Line in Low Pass: 50hz/24 but i've heard that 80hz/24 may be better w/ speakers that have 5" woofers
Crossover: approx. 40hz
Phase: 180, i played a 40hz test tone w/ just the sub playing and it sounded loudest near 180... is this a good way to set it?
Rumble Filter: On
PEQ - Using my SPL meter the response is still down a little bit from 20hz to 25hz
Max (not sure exactly what the minimum to maximum bandwidth does?)
I've placed the sub in the front right corner about 3 feet behind the baffle of my speaker.
What i've concluded is i've got a little dip from 20-25hz and peaks at 45hz and 60hz (i may have to adjust my songtowers some to alleviate the peaks). I can't move my seating position much but the big null is about 3-5 feet in front of me. The ideal spot may be back another 2 feet but that is impossible due to a half wall that seperates the living room from entryway
Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. I have yet to send Brian an email but will be doing so soon.