Originally Posted by mtrot
Thanks! Well, the idea would be to simply insert them into my current HT system and let my receiver handle any room correction such as Audyssey. How would I be able to do that and run them full range? I like the Focus, but, after hearing the Aeris at the show in Austin, I've started thinking about the Aeris.
I mostly watch movies these days, as opposed to music, so I'm not too interested in the cost and implementation of a two channel system with HT bypass.
You can certainly insert the Aeris into your HT system as the Left and Right speakers, and thereare many setup options you can take advantage of by using the DSP processor, Audyssey, or a combination of the two. It is a very flexible system. The beauty of the Xilica processor is that it gives you complete control of the system EQ, to tailor the speakers to your taste and room.
A Legacy dealer will help dial this in for you to start, and then small adjustments can be made as needed. The processor can also store up to 30 presets. So, you could store one preset that uses no Xilica EQ (beyond the factory set eq for the drivers themselves), and this setting would allow you to let Audyssey do all the room correction. Another setting could be for Audyssey plus minor Xilica DSP Eq tweaks to the curve, such as a boost abouve 10khz, where Audyssey rolls off, or maybe a little more dip in the 2k-4k range, where I think the Audyssey curve can sometimes sound a little too "forward" at times. A third setting could be to bypass Audyssey completely (such as for pure 2 channel music listening), and use the Xilica DSP to set your desired EQ curve. For this setting, you can switch your AVR to "Direct" mode, which bypasses Audyessy processing completely, (or you could go into your AVR EQ settings and just turn off Audyssey.)
So, besides sounding fantastic, the Aeris/Xilica DSP combo gives you a lot of flexibility to dial in your system the way you want to, and gives you total control to tweak the sound if you desire.
in my own system, I have a pair of Whisper XDs, that I run for 2 channel listening off of my Onkyo PRSC5508 prepro. I set it to Direct mode when I use the Whispers, and I use the Xilica DSP for the EQ. It sounds fabulous, and a number of guys on this forum have heard them, and I bet they would agree. I also have hooked up to the same prepro, a 7.1 HT system using the Focus SEs for mains, and I run that system with Audyssey only. And that system sounds awesome for HT too. From my experience though, I think for music, you will probably prefer the Xilica to handle the EQ duties, as I think it allows the speakers to open up more, especially on the top end, where Audyssey rolls off, and I also prefer a little more dip in the presence region as well.
So anyway, everyone's tastes are different, and the Xilica allows you to dial the Aeris or Whispers in perfectly to your room and taste. Legacy dealers are trained how to setup the processor for you, and will include that calibration as part of the cost of the speaker system. Personally, I take room measurements to work on the EQ curve and verify the calibration, and will also teach more "hands-on" customers how to use the Xilica to tweak things to their taste. The good thing is that my original settings are stored in the processor, so if they mess anything up, they can always go back to my original preset. Of course, if you don't want to get involved with programming the processor, you don't have to, your dealer can set everything up for you and make any changes, if you desire.