My LFM+ and SMS-1 arrived over the weekend. I didn't get as much time to play as I would have liked but I managed to get them dialed into my system fairly quickly. I have an Auralex Gramma on the way wand I will wait till that comes before doing too much more tweaking.
here are some initial impressions.
The thing is a monster. I only had one place in my room where it would fit, which is a corner so I am feeling very lucky that the position works well. I read endless threads and articles about careful sub placement, and it all went out the window. With a box this big my placement choices were very limited. just something to think about. If it sounded good in the middle of the room I guess I could use the LFM as a coffee table.
I was really worried that I would be able to localize the bass. My mains (Audio Physic Yara's) were chosen primarily because I fell in love with their imaging and sound stage and I went with out a sub for quite a while for fear that i would be distracted by bass coming from elsewhere. The LFM blends beautifully. My wife couldn't beleive the bass wasn't coming from the mains.
It's not quite as musical as I had hoped, but I am going to reserve judgment untill the Gramma arrives and I can decouple the driver from my hardwood floor. So more on that later.
The SMS-1 works well. I have some nasty room nodes that I was able to tame pretty well. I still have some tweaking to do. for a while I was running two crossovers one in my receiver (BK AVR 305) and one in the sms-1 which was giving me a big dip around 80hz (go figure duh) once I turned of the crossover in the SMS things got much better.
I am surprised how much I need to ride the sub balance depending on the source material, so I am really happy to have the Diffrent EQ presets.
Over all I am pretty happy. I will post some pics and more thoughts in a week or so. thanks to all the folks in this thread who's experiences helped me pull the trigger.
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