Well after 5 weeks sitting in boxes, I finally got to set up my 50 and 60XT's on Christmas day. I was starting to get a little "buyers remorse" as I was thinking, are these going to be that much better than my current setup (B&W 683's and a large centre channel from an Australian brand that uses the same drivers as the 683's)?
The gloss black fit and finish of the motion speakers is first rate. The 60XT's tower over the 683's, which are not small speakers themselves. Even thought the 60XT's are a much larger speaker, the WAF is higher as my better half commented how nice the finish was on them and how well they matched on Sony 65" X900 TV (all gloss black).
I was a little concerned that the 50XT centre channel would not have the same amount of depth and body of the unit it replaced as my old unit was larger. This provided to be unfounded as the bass response was very similar, but the clarity of the highs on the 50XT where superior.
The "buyers remorse" for the XT's quickly disappeared when I put on The Eagles "Hell freezes over" DVD. The opening strum of the guitar in "Hotel California" had a new level of clarity and detail to it which was very impressive. Vocals where also very clear. I have only watched one movie, but once again the level of detail was great. At one point in the movie a phone rang through the left 60XT. My wife reached for her iPhone. The sound was quite realistic!
I only got to spend a brief amount of time with the 50 and 60XT's as we left on boxing day to visit family over the Christmas break. I'll post some more thoughts when I return and have more listening time.
One of the last things I had to do with the 50 and 60XT's before I left was blu-tack some screen door mesh over the rear ports. We back onto farming land and on rare occasions get a rat in the house. The last thing I want is a rat making a nest inside the 60XT's, or worse dieing in there if it couldn't get out! The mesh shouldn't inhibit air flow, but should keep any vermin out
The B&W 683's had their ports on the front and covered by the speaker grill - First world problem, protecting your expensive speakers from rats!