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Initial impressions on AA+ pair after running YPAO (PEQ bypassed except for MiniDSP 2x4 HD handling sub PEQ for my sealed Rythmik L12 sub). Using a global 100Hz crossover in the Yamaha 2070 AVR with Cambridge S20s as surrounds and SVS prime center disabled (still waiting to receive one more AA+ as center)... so currently running in 4.1ch.
With Spotify premium streaming to 2070 directly via WiFi (very high streaming quality setting) and Dolby Surround upmixer with center spead off...
I found I needed to turn up MV by 6.5dB to get same SPL as the prime bookshelves these AA+ replaced (based on YPAO set levels).
Now to the good part, these speakers aren't bright like the primes at all and if memory serves right can provide a much better phantom center effect, at least with 2ch music upmixed to 4.1ch. Likely because the SS&I on these is much more impressive.
Also, the bass is more capable and a closer match to my sealed Rythmik sub in terms clean, precise bass with great transient response overall.
So, a more balanced and refined speaker with a bigger, more powerful sound that I can handle listening to at higher levels than before without sounding harsh/fatiguing. (Though I need to do a lot more listening to verify this for longer listening sessions/louder levels.)
I am not losing the good qualities of the primes, rather the bad ones while improving on the primes strengths.
In short, the AA+s sound great right out of the gate whereas the primes took some getting used to coming from Sony SS-CS5s bookshelves and matching SS-CS8 center.
Samsung 55" MU8000
KEF Q150 Bookshelf x 5
Rythmik L12 Sealed Subwoofer