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Location: San Antonio, Tejas
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After hearing the XL I just installed recently a bit more, I am still blown away. The sound dispersion is SO good for music. I can hear it loud and clear when I'm down the hall on either side, yet the sound doesn't seem to travel THROUGH the walls for some reason in this case (120Hz crossover perhaps? The HVFR tweeters?), so perhaps this would be great in apartments and condos. Fantastic for music (RARE for a soundbar). Equally as good for movies.
After getting more hands on experience with it, I'm realizing that I would literally pair my TV to this bar and not the other way around. Coincidentally, the 70" UHD TV I paired with this one came within like an 1/8th of an inch of the bar, so it looks aesthetically perfect, and THAT'S where I'd recommend this the most...in places where towers/bookshelves/etc just won't work. In this case, it was a walkway that crosses right in front of the tv from one hallway to the other and a door on each side. A thin soundbar was literally the only thing that would look right and be out of the walkway. It was a fantastic bonus that the Array XL sounds so freaking good. Sure, for ME, I still prefer beefy towers. In some cases though, this can be a great, elegant solution. Another thing I like about it versus active soundbars, is that being passive, we can keep the receiver and other components on the other side of the room. No distracting bright lights under your main display. Simply a low-profile mounted TV and a bar that blends in well. The way I installed it, there were no visible plugs, wires, or lights. It looks really good.
Highly, highly, highly recommended for those that want a clean setup that actually sounds really darn good!