OK set up my DV64 towers and 62CLRS center Saturday afternoon.
First impressions: These speakers look impressive. I love the 4-speaker look of the towers, with the two passive cones below the active ones. The vinyl finish is nice, but I would've preferred real wood. Grills feel nice and well made, the mesh is attractive and seems to be high quality.
My first thought on the center channel was, "Geez, this baby is FAT!". It's quite large; however, the size doesn't seem to cheapen the overall impressions at all, in fact, it actually conveys to me that this baby can really rock.
Sound: One word to describe out-of-the-box audio impressions: STIFF! These definitely need break-in periods. I've cranked it up very briefly and I can detect no distortion at all at higher volumes. I did notice the difference in sound immediately, however. These things sound GREAT to me. The soundstage is so much fuller now. Midbass actually has punch to it! I can't really get a lot of good low end from the center channel yet (although it's slowly warming up, I've got about 20-25 hours on them so far) but I've got the towers on full range to really break them in at all frequencies.
Audessey noticed the difference immediately. I ran the setup when I first hooked them up Saturday, and it crossed both the mains and center over at 40hz. That tells you the difference is pronounced from the factory Onkyos that were crossed over at 100hz.
Dialogue is much better now. The voices are really brought out to the front of the soundstage. I don't find the tweeters exceptionally bright or overpowering, I think they balance nicely with the rest of the sound.
I can definitely notice the drivers breaking in. When I first started playing them, the towers had virtually no bass at all. About a minute later, I could start hearing more low end and now I am finding myself switching to direct 2 channel more and more to listen to the towers only. They have good range, much better low-end than a shelf setup.
All in all, I am very pleased so far with my improved sound quality. Once they break in for about 60 hours, I'll run Audessey again and maybe even play around with my SPL meter. Edited by mfrey0118 - 8/7/12 at 5:46am