Originally Posted by k1n3t1k
What are your impressions? Also, is a 3-way cab design like that also inert like a dual-opposed S3000i?
I can give a few initial thoughts but, not to be intentionally coy, I want to spend some more time with setup before going too far. So far I've only had a quiet house to myself long enough to run XT32.
The rest of the setup is piecemeal because I spend most of my effort on optimization in my other room, and this is a family room.
Marantz SR7010 AVR
The fronts are some M-Audio powered monitors that I threw in just to try out Atmos. Normally I just use four in-ceiling speakers out there.
Center channel is the MTM-210C
Samsung JS9500 TV (love it!)
As others have noted, I was surprised at how low the default bass level sounds when you volume level it the way the software wants you to. I didn't have this same experience with my 18" DIY sub in a small room, but it's also placed nearfield whereas this one is in a corner maybe 8 ft from the listening area. I had to boost it quite a bit to suit my taste. Leveling it to 75 dB or 85 db or whatever Audyssey wanted only took a gain position of 8:00 and it was very sensitive to small changes on the dial. The main floor is about 15k ft3 so I turned the room size knob most of the way to large.
I'm using a wireless transmitter since the sub is at the opposite end of the room from the AVR and it works very well. The delay just shows up in the calculated distance setting as expected.
I will probably end up adding further EQ so I can boost the lower frequencies without the midbass becoming too strong.
For the first few hours of listening I dusted off some of my most familiar music that's also fairly well recorded. Things like Pearl Jam's Live from Benaroya Hall in 2003, some Silversun Pickups, The Shins, Chvrches, Chris Cornell, Joe Bonamassa on Blu-Ray, etc. I grinned on and off the whole time.
I've also watched some recent action releases on Blu-Ray and even though my wife was not too thrilled with the size of the sub initially I can tell she's warming up to it
She'll never come out and say it was a good idea but I can read her face when slam hits.