I've just received a set of two Pendragons and had some questions about setup. I am new to this forum and this is my first set of decent speakers so I apologize in advance if any of these have been answered before.
Just some details about my setup:
Room : Home is an 'open concept' with post and beam construction so doesn't have a normal layout. About 22 feet long, 24 feet wide, and 12 foot ceilings at the highest point. There is a massive chimney in the middle of the room.
Receiver : onkyo 818 (not using any separate amps, but am considering adding a Crown NXLS2000 to drive the fronts)
Sub : ADS MS3-u
Pendragons are spaced 2 feet from the back wall and six feet apart from each other. About two inches of toe-in.
Center/Surrounds/Surround Rears : Carried over from my last system which was a onkyo htib. Plan on upgrading these eventually, but wanted to get the fronts upgraded first as I mainly use the setup for listening to music.
So far I'm pretty blown away by the sound but have noticed that the bass doesn't have as much 'impact' as I would've expected. I know that most reviews seem to emphasize this aspect so I'm guessing something about my setup is off. I'm getting a nice full range of sound, it just seems like the power in the mid and lower range isn't quite there. I'm not expecting subwoofer levels of bass but by the size of the drivers it seems like there should be a significant 'punch'.
Some causes might be:
1. Insufficient 'break-in'. I've only played them for about 5 hours so far, not sure what kind of difference waiting the recommended break-in time will make (I've read 40-200hrs).
2. Insufficient amp power - The 818 is a pretty lowly receiver for this caliber of speaker so maybe it is to blame? The thing is I can play them plenty loud without distortion, but the bass impact doesn't seem to scale up with the higher volume like I expected. Would more amp power improve this? Also, the woofers don't seem to move much even at high volume...is this normal with these speakers or do other owners notice much movement while playing loud?
3. Bad room setup - I used the audessy xt32 setup of the 818 which seemed to apply good settings (the pendragons are crossed over at 40 hz). Not sure if the distance from the back wall or the weirdness of the room in general might be robbing some of the bass impact. I've tried running from multiple sources with audessy enabled and disabled and while the sound definitely changes the bass performance seems similar.
4. I've read one post in these forums from user 'Brouham' that he had the speaker terminals reversed so that the positive terminal was connected to the black (negative) binding post and vice versa. http://www.avsforum.com/t/1446325/tekton-pendragon/150
Has anyone encountered this with their Pendragons? How would I test something like that?
Thanks for any input.
Edited by arexsvn - 12/6/13 at 11:52am