Hey Craigsub and everyone else,
Alex just let me know about this thread. I was going to post one but hadn't yet. I recently got these speakers, and they are sitting next to an A7-900, as a matter of fact! (and two mfw's as well.)
I've been rambling about them for a little while on the eD forum Here
Here is a copy of the first post there and one later one:
I wanted to start a thread about the custom speakers eD did for me. You may have seen the recent blog post on them here: http://blog.edesignaudio.com/?p=965
When I started buying HT equipment I went with the sub first. I got two mfw-15's, but that was not doing it for me for a couple reasons, including me learning I was a bass-head, and horrible room acoustics. I ended up getting an A7-900. I was so impressed with the sub and with Brett that when the time came to buy the other five speakers I spoke to him about it. (I needed to replace my Advents from 1987, and my Cerwin Vega surrounds...)
After a whole bunch of conversations with Brett, and one with Ben, who stayed on the phone literally until every question I had was answered, (I was actually tired
), I decided to give this a try. The design you see is the design we decided upon.
I am now in the process of learning how to get very capable speakers to work well with the subs. As I learn my impressions of the speakers will become more accurate, but so far I am very impressed. I was expecting volume and clarity, but the staging that happens with these things is crazy. It sounds like I am right at the sweet spot in a concert, while at the same time being in a private box (since I am watching it on tv). For example, I've been using the Blue Man Group: How to be a Mega Star BD while setting things up. The audio on that BD is amazing, at 6.9Mbps of info. At times I can hear what individual members of the audience are yelling. The it sounds like each tube they are drumming on has its own spot on a stage in my living room. Its hard not to move my eyes around to look for things. The towers also supply a solid amount of bass themselves. I don't have a meter, so I hesitate to say too much, but 20 hz was audible, and 30 was fun.
Here are a few pictures of everything so far. (Sorry for the different sizes)
The cut components are on the left.
Matt and Brett holding the assembled cabinets
The cabinets and tower bases getting the banboo veneer
The final products
Cool pic of the center that eD took
The partially broken down skid in the Fedex truck. Brett did an incredible job packing these. The Fedex guy, who helped break it down, said in the 11 years he's been working for Fedex, he's never seen such a good job of packing. He said it was nice to see a company that took enough pride in their product to pack it so well.
The packaging from one tower. It took me over two hours from the time the truck arrived to get them all unpacked. This was one serious packing job.
The packing material, not including the pile of stuff outside that protected the skid.
Everything in the LR, waiting for me to put together. You can see the A7-900 there too. :beer:
The towers and the center. The center is HUGE. Its a little overwhelming. (I may need to get a new entertainment center, but that's another job for another time.)
Adding the cover to the center softens it quite a bit.
I put the surrounds on the Cerwin Vegas for now. I need to get a special stand for them due to their size and weight.
Brett's been bringing me up to speed on them with as much support as I can handle. Much of the reason I went with eD was because I knew that they would be there to educate me as much as I needed (actually, as much as I wanted), and that has indeed been the case. What I believe to be the incredible value of the speaker itself aside, I have gotten plenty in terms of knowledge/assistance. Yes, I am very pro eD, but I was neutral before I dealt with them - they've earned it.
I've learned a lot already, and each thing I learn makes them sound that much better. I've turned the subs off and played the new speakers, and (when I turn it up) there is still enough bass to vibrate the couch!
More data on the speakers is due out soon, and that is when I will see the actual performance specifics for the first time as well. Other than that, please ask away if you have any questions.