My order showed up Friday and included a 2.0 and 5.0 set as well as a PB-12. Stayed up until 2:00am putting stands together and hooking them up. I knew a 7.1 setup would require lots of speaker wire so I had already armed myself with a new 100' roll of Monster XP before hand and some dayton banana plugs. Also got one of the silver serpent cables for the sub connection since the discount when ordering them fom SVS was so much better than from better cables direct.
My first thoughts regarding build quality were very favorable. These things are solid. The nice rounded edges and seamless corners are a very nice touch. I mated the speakers to a panny xr55 I got a few weeks back which had been patiently waiting on the shelf for them to arrive. The xr55 is connected to an s97.
Saturday, after getting some sleep I finally got to demo them a little at more respectable sound levels. I tried a few of the standards, Super Speedway, U571, LOTR, WOTW, T2, and even some DVD audio. Also tried some Harry Connick and Polar Express.
Terrific sound. That PB12 is intense. My entire room (18x16) was rumbling. The xr55 didn't have any trouble driving them at all. I broke out the avia disk and spl meter and tried to calibrate. Eveything went well except for one item. I thought I was detecting a slight drop on my left front channel, requiring a 3db or so bump to bring it even with the center and right. This was a problem because the xr55 only has a center level adjustment and no left or right channel augmentation other than balance. But after substituting another SBS-01 in its place the drop vanished. So I tried to calibrate the surround left channel (where I had swapped out the left front bookshelf) and low and behold there was another 3 db drop.... hmmm.
After listening closley to the pink noise tests from avia I have decided that it now isn't really a drop so much as it is a difference in highs not being produced by the speaker. Its as if the tweeter isn't producing sound at all or possibly at a reduced level. It is most noticable when listening to the moving pink noise from channel to channel. The texture of the sound changes when it is played from that one speaker.
So for the time being I have just set up things as a 6.1 format and will work with SVS to get the single bookshelf looked at. All the other speakers sound great. The sub sounds great. I am very pleased with my order and would order it again. Great value for the money.
I am still tweaking and geeking out over them, trying out different sub placements and varying toe in on the fronts. DTS sound tracks on movies are great fun to revist now and I seem to be hearing lots of detail from the combination of the xr55 and the SB's with no noise.
My current favorite clip is the WOTW scene where the first tripod is about to errupt and the huge circle of asphault is rotating. The details of bricks falling and earth rumbling is insane.
I will post again with more later... gotta go listen to some more movies