Seems to be working fine from this end.
Don't you just love computer crap.
I'm another lurker, soon to be Phil owner. It seems the hardest part in becoming an owner was reading through this ENTIRE thread. I think I started a year ago .. ;-)
Anyway, I heard from Dennis that my Phil-2s should ship next week.
Phil-2 because of availability, as the queue for the Phil-3 is long and I've been patiently waiting for this upgrade for MANY MANY years - WAF factor, amongst other things.
Other than 5.1 some # of years ago when I bought my first Samsung DLP (only 1080i was available!) I have not put much effort into home listening (fortunately I have *great* friends that have picked up the slack here). I put a LOT of effort (too much probably) into my commute vehicles (Dynaudio drivers, Butler Tube Driver amps, sub, hi-end head unit dujour - another story). The last pair of Monitors I purchased (besides stuff for around house, Sonos+Paradigm Atom) are KEF-104 a/b - older than my sons.
When I still had the DLP in-play (until 3 months ago), it and the KEFs were in the right hand corner of this room as I was not " .. allowed to block the window." The sound quality can not be described in polite terms. This year "we" came to a mutual agreement to upgrade the whole lot - A and V and it was actually my (truly!) wonderful spouse that suggested a projector (Epson 5010). Suddenly the ".. block the window" issue is moot as the screen is only deployed as needed. Curtains and valances are being designed (not finished, but in place). Speakers can finally be located in the "correct part of the room! Life is good!
I mentioned the Sonos. In my "ramp up" to a complete AV upgrade I have for quite sometime been moving all media to a server (i.e. NAS) The machine itself is a hand-me-down i5 quad core PC with 4-3TB disks in a Raid configuration. The net available storage is just under 10T. (Note: I've been a professional computer/network geek for > 30 yrs) The house has been newly upgraded to GigE hardwired so all components have maximal bandwidth. The NAS serves as storage and backup for PCs and MACs, and more importantly as AV streaming to: 2 Sonus Zoneplayers (Kitchen and Office) using SMB/CIFS protocol, a Boxee Box (HDMI to the Epson) NFS protocol, Apple-TV (living room) via AFS protocol, an Oppo BD-95 (HDMI to Epson, XLR to Amp) using UPnP/DLNA protocol, and finally a MACBOOK Pro (USB 2.0 to DAC-RCA to amp) to Amp in the media room (and the Subject before us--this and the Oppo). The room itself (see the "before" picture below) is the bonus room over an entire 2 car garage. The screen for the projector is 100" for scale.
The NAS includes a large quantity of 24bit content (up 192 Khz) with all of my SACD collection ripped to ISO via a PlayStation3. I never touch plastic anymore (and although vinyl is better, 24bit is not too bad ..). The ".flac" files and ISOs on the NAS can be selected via my iPhone and played directly via the MAC+DAC or Oppo. Nirvana! (who BTW sound GREAT in 24bit/96khz) Content is very random - Classical, Jazz, old raunch and roll, new age - you name it.
The new amplifier I'll be trying the Phils with is a Wyred4Sound STI-1000 - rated at 1KW into 8 ohms - should be interesting. It makes those ancient KEFs sound amazing, can't wait for the Phils. The last bit is a home-built (CAD designed) ported sub in the room's left corner just to shake the room a bit for movies - which is why I eventually want the Phil-3. The sub is just junk for effects, real listening will be strictly 2 channel, 2 monitors
Well, that's all the news today from Apex, NC (Raleigh area). I'll be more than happy to entertain guests that are interested in the Phils and would like to critique the setup. I haven't even begun to think about room treatments (nor begun the WAF negotiations). Dennis is free to post anything about what I'm buying, performance data, etc. I promised him that I'd be happy to demo the Phils, and I will be selling the Phil-2s when the 3s are in-place. I've exchanged emails with Delmond about the Phil-3 finish: nothing fancy, black stain, as this room is just a working office, guest room, Media place and potential studio apartment if I get into trouble.