Originally Posted by uncola
Very nice looking setup. Can you tell us a little about the sound of the arx a2 speakers? Not much has been written about them online. They are definitely one of the most unique speakers on the market with the ribbon tweeter that you can easily rotate to use the speaker horizontally
I did rotate the ribbon tweeter in 4 of my 5 A2's, very easy and quick to do: remove 4 outer screws, lift faceplate and rotate 90 degrees, reinstall 4 screws, done. I did have a hard time lifting the tweeter faceplate because even with the screws off, it was still very flush in the speaker, but I managed to pull them all off and rotate them without creating any damage to the faceplate or speaker enclosure.
I'm far from being an audiophile that could properly describe how the speakers sound like. There are a few other threads on here that speaks to the sound quality of the Arx A2. I know in one the AVS member indicated that he had tried the SVS speaker that I referenced above. (BTW SVS speakers are currently 50% off or something like that on the SVS website..). He returned them and got the Arx A2's and notice a very noticeable improvement in sound quality, even said that his wife/gf even noticed the sound quality difference..
I had 2 Yamaha NS-555 towers for my L/R in my previous setup, and another Yamaha 5.1 system previous to that (not a HTIB, the speakers were a notch above and much bigger than a HTIB) and the Arx A2's definitely sound much better - much clearer, much more clean power.. The loudest I've played them at so far is -17db for music (all channel stereo setting on AVR) and movies - and both are very loud at that setting, but still very clear. I used to be able to go up to -5db (rarely did that..) with my old speakers and now I can see how distorted the sound really was. I know I could push the A2's pass -17db and still get low distortion, but the sound in my room would be incredibly loud and my sub would probably bring down a few things.. hopefully not those glass shelves holding 27lbs speakers.. lol
All I can add is that its a big improvement from what I've previously owned for speakers, the price point was within what I was willing to pay for 5 speakers that I plan on using for the long term, and the sound they provide is more than enough whether I keep my HT in the living room, or move it to the fireplace room or basement.