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post #3631 of 3654 Old 11-02-2014, 04:31 PM
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It's all JBL Studio L here.
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Greetings All,

I'm relatively new to the site and I am curious as to who might have experience with the Excite X-12 speakers. What do you think about them and what have you used to amplify them with?

I ask as I am in the process of awaiting a used pair of the X-12 speakers. When they arrive my plan is to use them with an older Accuphase CD player and a Musical Fidelity A3.5 integrated amplifier. I do have the option of pre-amping out to a McCormack DNA-1 for the power amplification if desired. The X-12's will be mated with an R.E.L. Storm III subwoofer for the bottom end. The only iffy thing is the room which is 'big enough' (17' x 22' w/ceiling 8' front sloping to 12' rear) at about 3700 cubic feet with two good sized openings to other areas. I don't intend to blast it but... (and this is a temporary situation)

I bought the X-12's unheard based on my experience over the last 3-1/2 years with a pair of Sapphires that serve as my main speakers in Colorado Springs. Those, eventually, should be inhabiting the room the X-12s will be in (but I will have to retire and move first). The Sapphires run with an R.E.L. Britannia B1 sub crossed at about 28Hz and are powered by a (laugh if you must) Wyred 4 Sound STI-1000 integrated amp (which is far better than the McCormack was).

Anyhow, thanks for any thoughts or opinions any of you may have. I look forward to dropping in to this site in the future.

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Beautiful pics All!

my old reference speakers were B&W 805.

my new reference speakers are Thiel CS 2.7
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Fronts Paradigm Studio 100 v5
Center Paradigm Studio CC 590 v5
Rear Cerwin Vega LS-5 (gonna upgrade to the Paradigm Milleniaone soon)
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I'm a 2-channel guy:

Blumenstein Orca Classics in caramelized bamboo w/sub(s) (just sold my REL T2, to be replaced with a stereo pair of GR Research SW-12-04 Direct Servo drivers and Rythmik A370PEQ amps, mounted in Danny Richie's DIY "sand box" cabs) ; and, alternatively,

Tekton Design M Lores
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Fronts- Paradigm Studio 100's V2; center is a CC V2, rears are Studio 40's V2; sub is SVS PB1000. I also have a modest two channel set up with Paradigm Studio 60's V2.




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RF-7ii mains, RF-62ii center, tiny Klipsch rears, LilWrecker sub. Crown amps for mains and sub.
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RF-7ii mains, RF-62ii center, tiny Klipsch rears, LilWrecker sub. Crown amps for mains and sub.
How do you like those klipsch reference?

Me personally am runnin Jbl studio 530s upstairs with a si15ht and klipsch icon kf26 downstairs
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I have Ascend Acoustics Sierra 2 fronts, a Horizon (with RAAL) center, and Axiom quadrupole surrounds.


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Energy RC 70 fronts
Energy RC LCR center
Energy RC LCR surrounds
Mirage Omni 12 subwoofer
Rythmik LV12R subwoofer

Panasonic 60VT60
Energy RC 70 fronts
Energy RC LCR center
Energy RC LCR surrounds
Rythmik LV12R and Mirage Omni 12 subwoofers
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Main: Ascend Sierra Tower W\ RAAL tweeter
Surrounds: Ascend Sierra 2
Center: Ascend Sierra Horizon W\ RAAL tweeter
LFE: Two Rythmik F25 subs
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Very detailed, spacious, nuanced, airy: can't believe it can get much better at any price. They replaced Magnepan 3.7's...
That's been my experience, too. For the first time ever I feel absolutely no need to upgrade. I mean, what would I upgrade to?
Oh yeah, the Sierra Towers. Those are on order.
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Awesome! I'd be interested in hearing your views on how the Towers compare with the Sierra 2's.
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Main: Ascend Sierra Tower W\ RAAL tweeter
Surrounds: Ascend Sierra 2
Center: Ascend Sierra Horizon W\ RAAL tweeter
LFE: Two Rythmik F25 subs
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Just curious, did you get that amp for these speakers? Wish I could have Sierra 2s for surrounds! (I'm Sierra-1s NrT L/C/R, 170SEs surrounds, 200SEs rear surrounds)

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Just curious, did you get that amp for these speakers? Wish I could have Sierra 2s for surrounds! (I'm Sierra-1s NrT L/C/R, 170SEs surrounds, 200SEs rear surrounds)
I did. My research indicates that there is little difference between reasonable quality class A/B amps, but that it is desirable to have a headroom to avoid clipping.
At full power, this amp would probably melt the towers and definitely the Sierra 2's, but theoretically it will have the reserves to never clip, and I got a decent deal on Audiogon.

The 170SE's/200SE's are probably better as surrounds -- they still sound great but likely have a wider dispersion since they use domes rather than tweeters. I think the Sierra 2's are a bit overkill for surrounds (especially price-wise) so I may change to something more like your setup and use the 2's as my PC speakers (where I listen to a lot of music).

The Sierra 1's with the NrT dome are reportedly alarmingly fantastic speakers so I doubt an upgrade would do all that much more than drain your wallet! Even Curtis, the Ascend forum founder, uses 1's as his main speakers.
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I think you have headroom to spare....I'm using a 300w/ch class D amp myself and its definitely overkill (at least until I finally build some subs). Do you find much advantage for the Sierra2 surrounds if listening to multich music?
The stock tweeters were no slouch either, I originally had bought the Sierra1s as a used set with only the center upgraded by the previous owner, used them for a while that way (no significant difference that way, but never tried a direct a/b) then I installed the NrTs on the L/R to see if it made a significant difference (didn't IMHO, would call it subtle).

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Mains: JBL L880s
Center: JBL LC1
Surrounds: JBL L810s
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I think you have headroom to spare....I'm using a 300w/ch class D amp myself and its definitely overkill (at least until I finally build some subs). Do you find much advantage for the Sierra2 surrounds if listening to multich music?
The stock tweeters were no slouch either, I originally had bought the Sierra1s as a used set with only the center upgraded by the previous owner, used them for a while that way (no significant difference that way, but never tried a direct a/b) then I installed the NrTs on the L/R to see if it made a significant difference (didn't IMHO, would call it subtle).
I have not yet listened to any multi-channel music on this system. In fact, the Sierra 2's are currently my mains since my Sierra Towers (and Horizon center) haven't yet arrived (~ 2wks before expected shipment).
My temporary surrounds are some old Klipsch KSB-3.1's. Even so, I need to get a hold of some multi-channel music. Hadn't thought about it much.
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How do you like those klipsch reference?

Me personally am runnin Jbl studio 530s upstairs with a si15ht and klipsch icon kf26 downstairs
I love my RF-7iis.
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Mains Paradigm Studio 100 V5
Center Paradigm Studio CC-690 V5
Surrounds Paradigm Studio 20 V5
No sub yet. Looking to buy one soon.
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Klipsch pro line 3 kpt-904 in front and kpt1201s for surrounds.

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I am curious about your Klipsh pro speakers. I imagine you like them or they would not be there, but what is your opinion on them? I imagine they are dynamic, but how do they fair with music? Have you heard anything to compare them to like the JTR? Just curious. Thanks for any info.

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@Reference_head
I am curious about your Klipsh pro speakers. I imagine you like them or they would not be there, but what is your opinion on them? I imagine they are dynamic, but how do they fair with music? Have you heard anything to compare them to like the JTR? Just curious. Thanks for any info.

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