Originally Posted by drwinlied
first impressions with the XV15se's. meh. I haven't yet ran audyssey or gotten into any calibration/setup with them to reach their full potential. I just wanted to hook them up and see what the difference would be from the dual Dayton 1200's.
I don't really get that visceral feel I was hoping for. The gain on subs is about 2 o'clock; AVR -8.5db; crossovers on front stage 80hz; LPF to LFE 120 (it goes up to 210hz!). I will say that the XV's definitely provide more content, lower, and don't sound bloated or droning. They have a richness to them that the daytons could never match. They are clearly a better speaker than the lil 1200's
Right now i have them in the front of the room, flanking the tv/avr. One in each corner. Given their size, I may end up going wireless with them and moving them back by the couches, as they could be used as endtables lol. That would undoubtedly give viewers a more involved experience.
But yeah, I need to do some setup and view some LFE heavy movies to see what's really going on. I guess I had my hopes up too high, given the price difference between these and the Daytons. Again, these sound much better than the Daytons but they don't seem to hit as hard (yet). At roughly thirteen times the cost of the Daytons...I was hoping for more right out of the box.
Like I said though, I need a proper setup and some more testing. I know there is more out there, but I'm skeptical at just how much.
My back is very messed up right now, so moving these things isn't going to happen until that's better. Hopefully soon.
There are some things that concern me about the subs, however. The pots on the crossover knob (on both subs) are a bit scratchy towards max/min. I didn't adjust while the sub was on, but feeling scratchy pots on a new piece of hardware seems odd to me. Also, one of the subs didn't turn on right away. I had to toggle from off-on-auto-on at which point it made a slight "fizz" noise and turned on (green light is go!).
All of this may be nothing, I'm just reporting my experience so far.
If you are running an AVR with Audyssey, bump up the trim in the AVR 5dbs or so. Most report that Audyssey sets the sub channel on the conservative side.
They may or may not work in the same spots you had your Daytons, but that should be a good starting point.
So bump up the sub trim put a bass heavy movie or 10 in or stream some youtube bass test tracks and crank it up. They should pretty much blast you out of the room, unless your room is really large.
As for the auto on, there can be some variation in how sensitive that is from amp to amp.
The first amp in my PC12 Plus was not very sensitive at all to auto on, so much so I just left it on all the time. Well that amp went bad and the replacement amp works much better even though they are the "same" amp.
Tom monitors this thread but it still wouldn't hurt to call or email with any concerns.