so the speakers finally showed up.
dragged them behind the screen where i assembled them (somehow they had the wrong mounts for the horns, but i made them work) and wired everything together. ran audyssey and played some music.
impressions: they sound big and mid- frequency clarity is amazing. i can see them sound harsh in a normal home environment, but my room is almost anechoic - very heavy treated and that tamed the sound a lot i assume. i am running the factory passive crossovers which are marked to have 500 hz cutoff for the horn section. from what i read this is too low for the factory 2446h compression driver, but in reality the speakers sound great. speaking of the 2446h i was also under the impression (and the feedback from some folks here) it would suffer above 12khz.... i did not notice that. maybe it does drop, but some simple testing tells me my hearing is non- existent above 13.5khz (give or take). on the same note - i checked the audyssey equalizer graphs and they show that anything above 10khz is boosted to the max (+6 db?) so maybe the 2446h truly sucks in the 10+ khz range, but i am just not hearing it
my only remark is that the mid-bass section sounds underutilized- it serves the 80-500hz range and for some reason i thought it would be more "pronounced" during use. i will run in the near future some rew sweeps to see what the response is.... as i am curious if the mid-bass section is up to the task or it is placebo since the horns are so loud.
if the mid-base section is too low - maybe i should start looking into active crossover and bi-amping? ... it never ends... does it lol...
but overall i am very happy with those speakers. my oversized 74" tall 1299s are now relegated to front wide duties. i think this is somewhat entertaining as a concept. i will snap a few pics today and post them for public entertainment.
edit: posted a few pics. excuse the mess- i did not have time to clean up