Dual XV-15 Impressions:
Ok, here goes.
Ok, if you have read the last two pages, you saw my growing disdain for FEDEX. After a long drive to the nearest distribution center, i had these bad boys loaded onto my Jeep Comanche and wrapped in plastic (hey, it rains a lot here). Of course, as soon as I began driving, the plastic got caught in the wind, nearly flew off, and I spent the rest of the drive with my arm out the wear window holding it down. Whatever, it worked. Dont judge me
Anyways, had to make a pit stop at blockbuster on the way home to grab some movies, and made my way to the house.
My Bass buddy Leo. He is sure to let me know when the bass gets too intense... by running to guard another room in the house. Good dog.
Unloading these things by myself sucked. We'll just leave it at that. Opening them up, I discovered that they had, in fact, packaged these extremely well. Nothing special, but heavy duty foam on the four corners; No damage. i proceeded to unload them.
I really like the finish. Its a mix between the satin finish of my old Klipsch Sub-12 and the bumpy truck bed look of the ED sub. like a fine sandpaper. There were a few inconsistencies though (example pictured). The raised bump you see there is actually quite sharp when sliding your hand across it.
Meh. Yeah. I know. And i really don't blame the sub woofer. I blame the bass-sucking cavern that is my house, and the terrible calibration of my Yamaha receiver. As usual it calibrate the XV-15s to -10db, which barely registered on the hearing scale. Sadly, I have the gain on the amp set to 3 o'clock, and the receiver set to +3 db. Just to hear my house quake.This probably sounds all wrong, but it is how I have to set it to get the best sound. I did the sub crawl and all! Just a terrible terrible room and seating position.
I spent a good hour moving them around the room, trying different spots.
Interestingly, As I sit in my office (this room I am typing in), an adjacent room, the bass is huge and fantastic. Really awesome actually. It wouldn't make any sense to move my sub in here though.
I am moving in two weeks anyways. Le sigh.
Overall, with what I am experiencing, these subs are an Awesome addition to my home theater. My overall review is not one of dissatisfaction at all. But...as of now, even with duals, I am not getting the "holy crap it makes my heart hurt" feeling many of you are describing. I will continue to tweak over the next few weeks.