Originally Posted by imagic
I eagerly await to your review. I just received a 3D Array XL for an official AVS review, looking forward to the experience.
Looking forward to your review, Mark! I have been seriously considering the XL as the perfect way to have two independent systems in the same room: one 2-Ch, driven by my Prima Luna tube amp and using my main Sonus faber Toy Tower speakers, and one 5.1, driven by a receiver and using the Golden Ear XL soundbar for the front 3 channels, placed in front of my 65VT60 (if the specs are correct on the webiste, it SHOULD fit directly in front of the TV, without covering the picture area). My Prima Luna has a "home theater pass through" option, but I wanted zero tube wear while watching movies, plus I do not want to torture my Sonus fabers with ye olde movie explosion on a daily basis, nor have a mix of speaker brands and tube amplification for the left/right channels and solid-state for the rest. Not to mention, the extra heat (tubes + 65" plasma, plus receiver, plus Oppo 95, etc) is a problem here in FL.
After getting rid of my 5.1 set-up due to frustration from not being able to achieve decent results with the 2Ch + receiver combination, this seems like the perfect solution. Saves space, looks good, it's fairly inconspicuous, and it allows me to have two separate systems in the same room. I live in a condo, so none of those factors are trivial. I will probably combine the soundbar with a Force Field 3 and some Polks surround speakers that I have already installed in the back of the room.
My main concern is channel separation, sound-stage (this is why I'd rather wait for the larger XL model), dynamics, openness, cleanliness and decent bass output, even though I will be adding a subwoofer eventually.
Too bad the XL has been delayed so many times. They are now saying we should expect a November delivery. I have been waiting for these since June, actually.
I also agree that Golden Ear needs to start selling this stuff online. The closest dealer is 45 minutes away, and they have NONE of the models I want in stock. The other dealer is 1 hour away and doesn't even have a website. This is insane in this day and age. And I'm in South FL! Either that, or they should go with a big chain such as Best Buy, so that one can at least feel confident that a decent return policy is in place, if needed.