I got a bit of quality time with the new dual T-18s and my XT32 AVR last weekend.
First of all - XT32 was not quite as much of an upgrade as I thought it would be (from XT) when looking at the graphs. However, this could very well be a good
thing...it just means my system/room is not in need of as much EQ as I thought...good, right?
If you want to see some XT/XT32 comparison graphs, you can see 'em here
Since the graphs didn't show very much of a difference, I didn't expect much to change in the listening experience....and the change was
subtle, but no doubt a change for the better. To try and quantify it, I'd have to say the overall sound is about 10-15% better.
Specific things I've noticed:
- Front stage (R/L/C) seem to have a better timbre match now...sounds panning from L or R to center have much less of a change in timbre than before.
- I can run a lower crossover (80hz instead of the 100hz I was running with XT) with no loss in mid-bass/midrange.
- Bass sounds "smoother" with more "detail", also is less localizable ( mostly due to the lower crossover, I'm sure). The bass now sounds like it's mostly coming from the front stage, as opposed to all around me (as it was with XT).
- The overall sound is less "harsh" but not dull at all. With XT, I had to always turn on Cinema re-EQ...with XT32 it's not needed at all.
Just wanted to update you guys since I said I would.
Oh, and BTW, here's the max compression sweeps for the dual T-18s + XT32. Yes, I know these are smoothed...I did that on purpose to be able to see the compression better.
As you can see, I don't start compressing until 118db, and then only below about 17hz.
These are LFE only, Audyssey on: