Well, finally got my pair of Arx A3rx-c L/R speakers and an Arx A2rx-c center channel to pair with my XV30 for a 3.1 setup (for now
) This setup sounds amazing. Once broken in (about 50 hours of listening) the Arx LCR speakers sound great. The definition and clarity are outstanding and I'm assuming the planar magnetic tweeter has a lot to do with this. I have them crossed at 80hz now so I can't speak for the low notes, but I did run them without any crossover (full band?), turned the XV30 off, hit them with some bass heavy music, and they did hold their own in the low end. Since this is the official PSA thread, I should move on to the XV30 portion of this write up...
Let me preface this by saying Tom at PSA was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I was considering other brands of subwoofers, but after the customer service I got from Tom, all the other brands fell off my radar. He truly seems to care about his customers and easily earned my business.
I originally had the XV30 placed in the right front corner (see pictures) and this seemed like a fine spot until I ran Audyssey. Before Audyssey, I had just been letting the sub boom away with the gain knob at about the 2:00 position. After Audyssey did it's thing, the bass was still strong at the corner of the couch, but at the MLP (where my girlfriend is sitting in pictures) I found the bass to be lacking. WOTW pod emergence scene and FOTP plane crash were absolutely glorious if you were sitting to the right of the MLP or in the corner of the couch, but at the MLP the bass was just "meh." Don't get me wrong, you could still hear and feel the bass at MLP, but not nearly as strong as a few feet to the right and in the corner of couch. Maybe its from the wall behind the corner of the couch reinforcing the bass? I'm nowhere near an expert on room acoustics, but that's my guess. Hopefully a more experienced user can clarify this for me.
After realizing I was most likely sitting in a null, my next course of action was to do the sub crawl, which is not that easy of a task with a 160lb subwoofer
. After performing the sub crawl, I found that the right front corner where I had the sub was an OK spot, but not the best. Actually, it turned out that none of the few places I could actually put this behemoth were that great. That's when I decided to try it in a nearfield placement. I turned on the blu ray player and played some bass demo scenes and was really impressed with the bass I was hearing/feeling not only at MLP, but all throughout the different seating positions along the couch. I decided to re-run Audyssey and have it tame the sub a bit since it would be so close to MLP. Audyssey did a fantastic job and I couldn't be happier with my bass now. I can hear, and more significantly, feel
a huge difference in bass since placing the sub nearfield. I intend to purchase another XV30 and place it in the right front corner where I originally had this subwoofer to help smooth things out a bit, but for now I have a bass-induced grin on my face.
Here are some pictures of my ongoing setup (please excuse crappy cell phone camera quality). I will be getting a longer subwoofer cable so that I can run it under the rug and get it out of sight. I'll also eventually move the power plug for the sub out of the middle of the walkway when I get another surge protector to plug into.
Aside: Yes, that is my girlfriend playing call of duty. I'm lucky, I know!