As promised, here's the update. I'm not going to lie. It got a bit overwhelming last night unpacking all of those boxes and getting the speakers hooked up. There was sh*t everywhere! LOL. I'm actually surprised I got it all set up and in bed by midnight. I was not able to get the surrounds mounted because mounting them can't take place until I patch up the cut-outs in the wall and get a stud in place in the middle (of the old cutout) for me to be able to hang it. I did get a 6' ladder out and set the FXiA4 up on top of it so I could plug it in and listen.
OK, as for my initial take on the look of the A7's and the CSiA6. WOW. What gorgeous pieces of furniture. Definitely the right call to go with the black. They look sharp as hell and built like beasts. I knew they were going to be well-made but they exceeded my expectations in that regard. I knew I was going to love them with grilles off (who doesn't?) but I was worried about what they would look like with grilles on. Surprisingly, I am thrilled to death with grilles on too. Polk has done a great job with details on the grilles. Classy.
As far as the overall aesthetics or "look" of the new speaker set up goes, I actually don't mind the fact that I now have three speakers out front flanking my screen. That was my biggest fear...that despite the upgrade in sound improvement...I would HATE the look. I am actually quite pleased. My 6 year-old son Connor is a big fan too after seeing them early this morning.
Let's talk sound. A7's first. I guess the best way to put if for me is that I noticed a LARGE improvement over my in-wall 265RTs (right off the bat) but I was not quite "blown out of the water" by the difference. I thought the 7's might sound a little "richer" out of the box than they did but perhaps that richness that I am looking for will come with time as they get broken in. I should also say that my PSA XV-15 sounds a THOUSAND times better with the 7's up front.
The CSiA6 speaker blows the in-wall 255C out of the water. Hands down. The voice sounds much more rich/full with more bass/lows. Fantastic speaker. I would like to get the new speaker up about 2-3 inches higher but until then I just have it tilted up to the appropriate level for sound. While seated it sounds like the voice is coming from dead center of the screen so that's all that matters for now. It is exciting to think that this speaker will only sound better as time goes on.
FXiA4 is an awesome little speaker for my L/R side surrounds and it is a huge improvement over the in-wall RT65s that I currently have in place. As I said above I was able to get it up on a ladder at the right level so I could plug it in and give it a listen. Definitely more lows/bass to it and the highs seemed much more crisp/detailed. They are going to be the PERFECT size for my wall. The FXiA6's would have been too big, there is no question about it.
Now I have to decide if I want to leave the front three in-walls in place (grilles on) or bring in my drywall guy to patch them up and touch up/repaint the front wall. If I end up patching them up and repain, I may go with a darker color as sort of an accent wall. I'd have to run the color by the boss but it would have to be in the same color family as the Shaker Beige. A darker wall would work much better...especially with the PJ. If I do end up patching up the in-wall cut-outs...then I open the door for a larger 120" screen. Oh wait, did I just say that out loud????
As usual, the flash on my SLR sucks...but here's a couple of pics I took throughout the process.