Alright guys, my a7-900 arrived today and I haven't posted because I have been playing with it all day! It turned out that there must have been some sort of mix-up with the shipping company because it showed up at my house on a semi with NO lift gate! And of course I spent my very last vacation day to be home to receive it today so it was comin off today one way or another, especially since I've been waiting since december for it. Needless to say 3 people got it on the ground then up 6 steps into my house
Knowing the dimensions and 400lb weight ahead of time in no way prepared me for what it was like to "rub noses" with this thing! This truly is a monolith. And if you can believe it the sweet spot for the room ended up being right in the only spot that there was an empty space so we didn't have to move even one thing in the room to accommodate it. I incorporated it into the following components: Onkyo 805 pre/pro, (3) Onkyo tx-8555 outboard amps powering a pair of def tech 7001sc towers, clr3000 center, and a pair of bpvx surrounds. All of these were previously eq'd with Audyssey. I have the 7001's x'ed at 50 hz, 3000 x'ed at 60, and the bpvx's at 80hz. LPF of lfe set at 90 hz and the trim levels for all speakers and the sub set within 1db of each other. Dial on a7-900 set at 10 o'clock. I watched the first transformers movie and was promptly blown away, just as I expected! That scene near the end when Ironhyde does the cartwheel over the girl... it literally felt like there was an earthquake in the house. I could feel the floor shaking under my feet, my clothes vibrating against my skin, unoccupied furniture beginning to walk! I found myself wondering how the walls were still in tact. You know that feeling after an adrenaline crash when you just feel kind of washed out and weak? That's how I felt by the time the movie got over, I couldn't take any more and for the first time my thirst for the full movie experience was completely satisfied. This is the first speaker I've ever come across that I can honestly say that I never want to find out what it's capable of. I've heard people talk like that and always thought it was kind of a stupid thing to say but trust me on this one. I have a spl meter here that goes up to 130 db's and this sub pegged it with the dial at 10 o'clock... I think I'm good
Another cool benefit to the sub placement I ended up with is that it actually created 3 "hot spots" in my listening room, I verified this both by perception and instrumentally. You'll see in the pics below, but both of the lazy boy chairs are in sweet zones and the closer you move towards the front left tower the louder the bass gets. Other places in the room are down about 5 db's from these locations.
If you can't tell I am thoroughly pleased and could not recommend this sub enough to anyone who is considering it. A fantastic piece of engineering mastery and I'm sure I'll only learn to appreciate it more the longer I own it. Thanks eD!!
Hope you enjoy the pics and if anyone wants more or would like additional info/thoughts feel free to message me and I will gladly talk plenty more about it if you like!
Oh yeah, see, that's my wife in the picture and she's 5'6" to give you some perspective. Doesn't the look on her face just sum it up! "How come we only got one of these?" At least that's what I allow myself to believe she is thinking