Alright I'm going to just copy and paste my initial impressions from another forum that I'm keeping a build log on. Here goes
Sssooo i just brought them downstairs and got 2 of them setup since i only have 2 wires currently running.
I took some pics here:
I brought down my old center channel speaker too so you can see how puny it is compared to the new one haha. I have one pic that also shows the old speakers next to the new ones in general just for size comparison.
So like i said, I only have the LR hooked up since that is all i have wired right now. on top of that it is with my old yamaha receiver not my denon 4311ci.
I was testing it out with some mp3 music on my phone as well as the reference series "bass" demo disc.
Well my first impression is that these speakers are retarded and that i think this is going to be complete overkill for me lol. But at the same time, I could not BELIEVE how crisp and clear they were.
I had initially heard that these speakers don't have much bass because they are meant to be paired with a sub. Well I was expecting much less bass than they had based off that comment, and I was really surprised how the bass was even without a sub. granted, a sub will be awesome, but these are on par with my current JBL speakers as far as bass goes, and actually surpass them so it was fine for me for time being.
Now my second impression other than this being retardedly loud and crisp is the freaking front sound stage. Like I said, it is only running 2 speakers right now from the receiver. just watching 3 scenes from avatar, u571, and terminator savlation, i kept thinking to myself 'wtf do i need 3 other speakers for?' lol so I can't believe how just these 2 speakers sounded.
Oh and to make matters "worse" ... i was watching scenes that were pretty much borderline what my ears could take, and I'd probably turn it down a notch if I was actually watching a full movie. So I went to my receiver to see the volume it was set to and it was at -29.5db. and this is with my old receiver that is totally uncalibrated or anything.
I listened to only 2 tracks of music from LMFAO just their 2 popular songs and I was already hearing parts of the song I had never heard before, within the first 10 seconds. OI don't know if it is that i was just paying attention more to it or what, but initially I was like wtf just because I thought I heard some stuff I've never heard before.
Unfortunately I won't be able to get all my in-wall wiring done this weekend but next weekend my buddy is going to come over and help me, I was talking to him yesterday about it. I'm hoping to at least have a 3.2 setup though for my new years party and just have all the receiver and stuff up around the front. Would be nice just to play music.
But damn i can already tell from the 10 minutes listening to these that this it the "movie theater" quality I wanted in my basement. and yes, i'm pretty sure it is total overkill lol. But hey it's better to be over qualified than under!
Also once out of the box, these speakers were pretty easy to lift and move around - the huge packaging made the boxes impossible to carry myself though. My monoprice order just came UPS too so now I have the wires and stuff, so this week I'm going to be getting my subs hooked up to at least hear the front stage in unison
I also had another question - does the orientation of these speakers matter at all? I don't know what side is top and what is bottom, or if it matters at all even.