Originally Posted by bigAWL
Well, I just ordered a couple more pieces of my new system. I already got the Mythos Three. Now a couple of GemXLs and an SVS SB12-Plus are on the way. The plan is to use the the GemXLs in as front L&R, so I'll let everyone know what I think of the sound when I set them up. Again, I should say that my current front L&R are Bose "direct/reflecting" 301s, so I can't do a good comparison between the dipole sound to a regular direct radiating speaker like the Mythos Two (which I would have gone with if I had a good place for them - maybe in the future).
An update and initial impressions (much of this is copied from what I just posted over on a Bose Owners thread):
I started with an old system made up of Bose 301-IIIs, Bose VCS-10 center, and Bose 100 surrounds. No sub. I got the GemXLs and SVS sub setup last night. Here's what happened.
First I hooked up the sub with the Bose bookshelves to find out where Audyssey (in my Denon 789) would set the crossover on the 301s. I was surprised, but it set them to large so they could run at full range. I guess this means Audyssey detected they were fine down to at least 40 Hz, since that's the lowest settable crossover freq. Though I shouldn't be surprised, because I was always happy with them for 2-channel music.
When I took out the Bose and hooked up the GemXLs in their place, I re-ran Audyssey and as expected they were set to small with a 90Hz crossover (the DefTech site suggests 80Hz for the GemXLs, but I'll go with 90 for a while and see how it goes). The sound is great. No measuring equipment here, just my untrained ears. I'm not very good at describing sound quality, but my impression was that everything seemed more clear and detailed, as if the Bose had been slightly muffled somehow. I'm still using Bose 100s as surrounds, which now sound pretty harsh and don't seem to blend at all with the rest of the new system, especially when using 5ch Stereo mode.
So far so good. I think the GemXLs will do fine for me in front, but I really don't have any other good alternative to compare. I did have a little trouble initially with Audessey warning me that the left front GemXL was connected out of phase. I double- and triple-checked all connections and finally moved the left one to the other end of the bookshelf. Audyssey seemed to like that position better. Maybe it was getting a strange reflection somewhere?
Finally, the SVS sub.... I fully expected it to improve the bass extension, but I wasn't prepared for how much. I knew it was a highly respected small sub, but wow! I've never heard bass like this. The first thing I listened to (since I had it handy) was Finding Nemo and the fish tank tapping scene - I had read about the deep bass in this one. I was blown away by the sound coming from this small box (~14" cube). It did shake the room a bit which is large and very open to both living room and dining room - I even had to turn it down. I may have to play with the placement (it's currently in a pretty tight corner) because I think there may be a bit too much corner-load effect. Maybe that particular frequency is being overemphasized (maybe I do need some measuring equipment)? Reading the subwoofer threads, I used to worry that I'd be disappointed by the limitations of SB12+ and its small dimensions. Sorry, I'm no bass-head - but I can't imagine wanting any more bass than this little thing can put out.
I'll try to post photos later. Next, I need to finish things off with a couple Gem surrounds. Or perhaps I'll hold off and see what my next place is like. I'm moving this summer and might have a better configuration that will accomodate a pair of Mythos Twos in front, and I could use the GemXLs as surrounds.