Originally Posted by RolandOG
I have a question for my fellow GE owners. I finally had a chance to set up and play around with my SuperCinema X tonight and I'm a bit disappointed in the sound. I can still hear the separation like in the store but overall the sound is, well, dull. It's lacking the clarity that I really liked in the demo. I've never been a believer in the 'speaker break-in' period but I'm wondering if any of you had the speakers sound improve from initial use to now.
I don't have a sub yet so all the bass is going to the SC3DAX. It's not the bass coming from it that's bothering me; it's the lack of detail and clarity. Did any of you play around with and without a sub and notice a difference beyond bass levels?
I'm powering it with a Marantz SR7002, which is a warm to neutral amp, IMO. It went wonderfully with my Klipsch. Maybe the GE likes a brighter sounding amp? IIRC, the store demo'd it with either an Anthem or maybe an Integra unit. I wasn't paying much attention to that, even though I should have.
I'm not a big speaker break in guy, but I felt it noticeably sounded better after a brief period, maybe a day. That said, the 3d Array absolutely requires a subwoofer, the sound won't be balanced without one. I'm powering it with a receiver down a couple notches from yours, a Denon AVR-X2100, so I don't think that's the problem.
What do you have the crossover set at? I've found between 100-120hz to be ideal, I currently have it set at 120hz. I'm also assuming you have run Audyssey? If you're still using the Klipsch configuration that'd be a problem. How large is the room?
I have a Klipsch system in my theater and I'm very familiar with its sonic signature. The 3D Array won't have the same sort of clarity, in fact I'd personally classify all GE speakers I've heard as fairly laid back. I'm not saying they aren't accurate, clear, or have proper clarity, it's just a more mellow sound compared to the on edge Klipsch sonic signature. For me that was ideal for a bedroom setting, and it's a toss up for me on which speakers I enjoy listening to music on more, Klipsch RF7 II's or the 3D Array. Very different experiences.