I've had my CX10's up and running for about a week now. They sat in a box for about two weeks, as life has been busy and I simply haven't had time to open them up and give their proper respect. This is my first review. Be kind. It will be somewhat brief an not very technical, but you can get the vibe.
The CX10's arrived in a sturdy cardboard box that was well packaged. One of the boxes had a small tear but no damage was done to the speakers themselves. The speakers themselves were encased in a styrofoam that protected the speaker well with no damage.
Some have complained about "seams" or imperfections in the speakers. I found the finish to be pretty darn good for the price point. There were VERY small imperfections, only evident in certain light. The seams were visible only if you were actually inspecting for them. They didn't bother me and my girlfriend was amazed when I told her these weren't your typical "mass produced speaker." When taken completely out of the box, I was amazed at the sheer size of these babies. VERY sturdy and good weight for their size. Very imposing in the room.
Set up out of the box was straight forward. I connected these using pre-existing Monster (I know, I know) cable wire and applied blu tac on Dayton speaker stands. The stands have a nice industrial finish and set firmly and securely on the carpet. The speakers appear sturdy and blend
I hooked these bad boys up and initially...no sound out of the R speaker. My initial thought was a bad wire or a bad input in the AVR. After some re-connections, I still had a dead speaker. My fear became a realization when I plugged in my old speaker and it worked like a champ. Panic set in. I immediately called Jeremy. I couldn't believe the weeks of waiting had led to this. Jeremy called me back as I was leaving a message. Apparently, one of the wires on the inside had jarred loose. A phillips head and four screws and a clamp later, I had sound! Jeremy recommended a break in period to allow those rigid drivers/tweeters to loosen up.
I'm probably 20 hours in and man oh man. These things are a work of awesomeness. Jeremy and his team have hit a home run. My previous Energy Veritas 6.2 towers were good speakers. They sounded good to my ears and produced rich, full sound. The 10's, especially for their size, produce a tremendous punchy bass in my setup. It seems as if a veil has been lifted and voices/dialogue seem closer. Imagine if a voice was 10 ft away on my old speakers. It now seems as if it is 5 feet away. There's a certain cleanliness and "airness" (for lack of a better word) that the 10's produce that my old speakers simply didn't have. They seemed very boxy and boomy with distortion at certain levels.
Watching The Hobbit, there was a voice that literally startled me. It seemed as if the dwarf itself was in the room speaking. My dad was helping with the setup and we both smiled in amazement. Amazing clarity. I just can't seem to get over the clarity. That's the word that continues to come to mind. Swords clanged. Arrows buzzed. Trolls thumped. All of these sounds blended perfectly with my PSA V1500.
I demo'd the train wreck scene from Super 8. It was a sonic assault on my ears. The 10's played loud, bold, and detailed, while drawing me into the movie. Explosions and the sound of metal filled the room. My girlfriend wanted to continue watching this movie and literally had a smile plastered on her face. I recommend putting your speakers through their paces with this scene/film.
My girlfriend and I love watching Paranormal Witness on the SyFy network Wednesdays at 10:00pm EST. It's a pretty well done re-enactment show dealing with paranormal events. Sounds of the supernatural made the show even creepier when played through the CX10's. Ghostly whispers and demonic voices came to life and added a creep factor not felt in my previous speakers. Although these are rated as "high efficiency" speakers, I'm amazed at the subtleties these speakers are able to pick up.
Music of all genres (country, pop, rap, etc) just comes to life. Vocals are amazing and instruments play loud without distortion. I can only crank these guys to about -10 before I start to give my ears a good bleeding.
Just an amazing speaker when you think of the price to performance ratio. I'm a younger audiophile and admittedly haven't heard that many speakers. I can honestly say these are the best speakers I've heard in my setup. Jeremy and his team are continuing to deliver quality products and I have no issues whatsoever recommending these to any prospective buyers. Jeremy is a class act and a pleasure to deal with. Do yourself a favor and try these out. You will not be disappointed. Sorry if this wasn't very technical. As I being to tamper with these more and continue allowing them to open up, I can post more specific settings and measurements. Thanks for reading!