This is a OWNER'S Thread for the eD[c]12 Cinema Line.
IF you OWN the eD[c]12s and would like to post pics and impressions, this is the place.
If you are looking into these speakers, feel free to post or ask questions. I dont mind answering them. Do not post in this thread to derail etc...
I got a pair to demo and loved them so much, I soon sold my Klipsch. I ordered the cinema line speakers all the way around. I opted for the tower version which is custom. These were the first tower version of the Cinema line. There is another member on AVS getting a custom tower version also with double 12s.
I also opted for the DE250 upgraded compression driver. The main difference in these is at higher volumes. IMHO, why not spend the extra 75 bucks for the upgraded driver.
I received these Friday evening and after unpacking everything and getting the behemoths of a sub up the stairs, I was pooped.
My first listen immediately reminded me why I had pretty much sold my klipsch before even hearing these speakers. The compression driver stood out so much upon first listen. It was so much warmer than my klipsch tweeters. The vocals in Evanescence's "Breathe no More" were wonderful. Amy Lees voice was not overpowering in any way like it was with my other speakers. It sounded so warm and probably what it was supposed to sound like. My klipsch made it sound bright and almost fatiguing.
Tried some Rock, dubstep, and a couple movies. The DVD of open range of the gunfight scene was very very nice. Gunshots rang out like I felt they were intended. With the blurays of How to Train Your Dragon and War of the Worlds, i was hearing bits and pieces if the movie that i hadnt heard before. Reason being, the towers were not so bright and in your face which in turn let me hear the vocals through the center channel. Metallica's fade to black was also nice. The guitar was in no way pushing the limits of ear bleeding. It was so much easier to listen at high volumes without the harshness or brightness. Alice in chains live (nutshell) was spectacular. This was also another song that can get bright with my klipsch. The crowd cheering and clapping was usually the culprit. Again warm vocals and guitar with the cinemas. Lindsey Sterling's dubstep violin was great. The violin was not overly harsh sounding on this track either.
After running audyssey xt32 with just the subs and cinemas, I found that the cinemas are very very efficient/sensitive. Audyssey found them at 70 hz after running a full and proper 8 point calibration. They are rated at 72hz so audyssey was spot on there! I bumped them to 80hz where I listened to everything again. Dynamic eq and the audyssey cal made them sound even more perfect to my ears. I am driving these with my XPA 5 but honestly they don't need that much power. You can easily drive these off of any avr.
On to the finish. Upon talking to Alex about these we both discussed that there was honestly no reason for me to get a gloss finish. I opted for the standard finish and IMHO it looks great. It matches my subs and in turn matches all the other black pieces I have going on.
The main reason this project started was me wanting to upgrade to klipsch rf7s. Me and Alex threw around the idea of possibly doing mains in double 12s. After receiving the eD[c] 12 tower, I knew there was no reason to spend the extra money on the extra woofer and crossover cost. Also with the subs I have now, I just didn't need the extra bump from another woofer. This set gets plenty loud. Alex had a little friendly fun when we talked about my impressions. He said "remember you wanted to do an extra 12 and they they are this loud now?"
Matt and Alex custom made the towers for me which we discussed being a certain height. We essentially wanted them to have the horn at ear level. Matt designed it and the rest is what you see here. After hearing them and being pleased, I ordered the center and two more towers just like these. I hope this review helps future customers who are on the fence about the cinema series. You can't go wrong with a pair of these. All on all, I am a very happy camper. They fill my 450 square foot room(30x15) very nicely.
Update:After getting all the speakers in the room, I ran a full 8 position Audyssey XT32 calibration. Audyssey found the mains and center at 70hz, surrounds at 50hz. Im assuming the surrounds were found lower due to my room. I have added numerous acoustic treatments. I also have just added a bass trap in the rear ceiling/wall corner.