Looks like 7702mk2 prepro won't show until maybe late next week, probably early the following. So couldn't resist of course.
Went ahead and put Yam A2040 back in rack. Ran preouts for 7.0 of the XLS1500 w/gains maxed out. Have to use Yamaha internal for TF and TR. Only hooked up smaller 12" rear sub at low volume and left big 15" front unconnected. Keep in mind this is all with the new MA Bronze LCR as well. No breaker issues with everything powered-on and in use (minus whole house audio and amps were at no-load)
Started with some soft music (Once soundtrack) in 2.0 with new amps. Noticeably more SPL. Of course that's going from 1-6.5" driver per front to 3 per front. I could've probably driven the speakers to driver failure easily ([email protected]
rated). Seeing as they're not burned in, I didn't try to get crazy. It was a very comfortable loud volume. I'm a rocker so I can take loud, but this was enough volume that you would not have been able to carry on a convo or listen to it at that level for very long. Next 30 seconds to mars---deafening.
Switched over to 5.1.4 and 7.1.2 test (.2 and .4 always internal yamaha). Same music choices. A little too loud at -5 db in surround. 9 ch stereo very uncomfortable volume at -5db. Saw the -10 LEDs blink on the XLRs occasionally but never clipped.
Moved over to BD Atmos Gravity in 5.1.4. Re-entry scene is one of my absolute favorite. This was the real test a -5db. My front woofers weren't fluttering around and over extending like on the cheap DT (which were set at 80 or 100hz!!). I like my movies loud and this was just a little too much for me. Ears still ringing as I type. Funny thing is the heights were so much more clear. I suppose this is because the Yamaha was only driving 4 chs instead of 9? Without my main front sub being connected the whole thing was a little over the top on the highs. But I also didn't run YPAO for EQ and levels so the system is out of balance.
Only negative I would have is the Bronze 6 front pair were a little bright and stiff. I know they'll get better after 100 hours or so and once system is retuned. In all fairness to them, I do have them bunged, xover at 60 hz and set with the small speaker EQ. Pretty amazing what sort of bass extension those new speakers have with the 6-6.5" drivers given that. The mids with the 2.5 way design were very tight and accurate. I had ran them with the Yamaha internal with music for just a few minutes yesterday before breaking down the rack. I didn't listen long enough but they seemed a lot brighter today with the XLS amps. Regardless, for $1100 ($825 to me) this is a decent pair of speakers. Head and shoulders above those $440/pair of DT studio monitors.
All in all, I know that's a lot of changes: throwing in 7 chs of new amps and new LCR all at once. But I could feel the system had more dynamics and mids and much clearer mud-free height chs. Never clipped, never tripped and an appreciable SPL difference. Really not trying to justify my $2700 spend and trying to stay completely objective here. I know I could have done much better on the LCR but with a smaller budget of $2k and spending $1050 on sale for the Bronze LCR, they were a steal.
Next stop wrapping up the prepro install, new rears and new rear sub.