So, yesterday I finally got around to setting up and integrating into my system the 2012 SHO-10s I acquired this past Fall. The main reason for the delay: Waiting for a pair of used, 19" stands in good condition to come up for sale locally.
I ran a full Audyssey MultEQ calibration (all six points), adjusted all the levels using my trusty SPL meter, and then bumped the sub's gain by 3dB.
I noticed that Audyssey set the crossover at a relatively-high 120Hz. I wasn't surprised by this, though: I'd been told that these speakers need to be broken in. (A buddy of mine who has well-broken-in SHO-10s as his front three says that Audyssey sets the crossover for his speakers at 90Hz.)
I ran a bit of music (Holly Cole, AC/DC, Supertramp), a couple of clips from WOTW and a couple of songs off the Dave Matthews @ Radio City concert BD. And earlier this evening, I played some Sabbath and some Maiden. (I used the "Audyssey" setting for the movie and concert stuff, and "Audyssey Flat" for the two-channel music.)
I found that the SHOs blended very well with the subs and even with the Paradigm CC-690 center. That surprised me a bit, but I guess Audyssey is to thank for making sure everything sounds good* and plays nicely together.
(*I switched Audyssey off at one point, just to see what difference that would make and, well, the SHOs sounded...not very good. Switched Audyssey back to "Flat" and they sounded great again! So, IMO, these speakers do need some sort of EQ-ing to sound their best.)
I would describe the SHOs as neutral-sounding and at times maybe even "dry"-sounding (now there's a term I never thought I'd use!
). They are very clear and precise, and they throw a HUGE soundstage. And, unlike a lot of speakers I've listened to, they actually seem to sound better as the volume increases. Cool.
(I'd heard my buddy's SHOs at his place, and I was impressed with how they sounded in his set-up. It was nice to hear that they worked well in mine, too.)
IMO, these speakers represent a really good value as far as HT monitors go. They look good (link to pics on Photobucket
), they sound great and they can play very loud very effortlessly.