sorry not to have posted news since I received the speakers, too busy... Well, now they're hooked up and working, and so far I'm really happy with them. The wall mounts and wiring are first class design, incredibly easy to set and plug.
Just as a reminder, I have 3 min 21s as fronts and center, two min 11s as surrounds and the x200 subwoofer. I will post pictures today when I get home, but my first impressions after one week and a half of listening (not very thoroughly, just every now and then, when I get the chance, between job and wife
) would be:
-The 2.1 match of the two front min21s and the x200 sub when listening to stereo source music is simply spectacular. So much presence, strength, clarity, no matter if you throw them some hard rock or opera, they seem to have no limits. A true pleasure... Only thing is, they kind of need a certain degree of volume to deliver all their beauty. At mid-low volumes they just sound right, nothing spectacular, frequencies seem to "stick together", it all sounds much flatter. They sound perfect at music-lover volume, nothing exagerated, just that volume where you can enjoy music without being disturbed by everyday little noises at home, but you still can hear your wife when she calls you...
-The 5.1 set has proven harder to test. To start with, I needed to set the AV speaker settings to "small", but the very instructions of the AV receiver (I have a Sony STR-DB790 QS) give this advice (in other words): setting small but capable speakers into "large" will get them some mid-low range frequencies and they may just sound better, try it and decide. And so I did. And indeed the min21s delivered in "large" just as if they were!. The amp continues to send low frequencies to the sub, but you're not able to set the crossover from the amp any more, you can only change it when speakers are set in "small". You can choose 60hz, 100hz or 150hz. But honestly, I didn't feel that much difference playing with that, I kind of prefer the "large" setting, but I still have to test it deeper.
Then the problem comes when you start testing the whole surround effect by playing those movie sequencies you know by heart (and I mean you know how they sound by heart!). These days I have learned that having changed home and speakers, I cannot expect certain things to sound the same. But the first days of testing I thought that "sound the same" meant "sound as good as", so obviously nothing sounded "as good as" it used to, and I felt kind of disappointed. After some further testing I realized that I cannot expect these speakers to sound as large wooden bookshelf 2-way speakers, so I started enjoying them as they are, trying to find the best setting to create the proper surround environment.
That tiny mental switch changed the game big deal. So far, the min11s surrounds are set at a +3 level respect to the rest, since I struggled to hear them at the beginning. But I feel that as they get run in they gain presence in the surround sound, I still have to play a lot with them. The true, honest test was spinning a movie I had never seen before (Ice Age 4) and not in a testing mood, but just trying to enjoy it with my wife. And the result couldn't be more satisfying. Clear but strong-bodied voices from the center min21 (at the first tests with well known movies they sounded thin and weak). Good integration of fronts and surrounds, both in effects and music (music sounds just amazing!!). And the x200 sub is a little devil, is a bomb, you think you don't feel it but it's always there, it fills up the music subtly but firmly, it gives body (a strong one) to all kind of sound) and it's equally able to shake your walls when the effects require so!! When the earth cracks in the movie and entire pieces of ice and land fall into the ocean, the whole room seemed to tumble together with the characters, in a series of booms that emerged between music and voices. Such a satisfying pleasure, and such a lesson of how to face the setting and understanding of your new speakers!
As I say, I have just started playing with them, I'm only looking forward to having more time... Sorry for the long post, I hope I can post some pictures today, and more impressions to come.Edited by lluberest - 12/3/12 at 7:40am