That's more or less how I ended up with the XTZ's... My cards are doomed, I reckon there's about a 10% chance that I won't end up getting 1+ of these sometime, most likely after buying a house.The only problem is every time I read one of your reviews it makes me want to rush out and buy.
To make matters worse, I can definately recommend the 808 if you can't stretch to/accomodate the 12012.No way Neil the 12012 is £2k and way beyond my budget mate, the 808 maybe but not till I get this damn receiver sorted.
I picked them up and stacked them. I needed steps for the top one. I did enlist help for getting the top two down, as carrying a weight backwards down steps is a lot harder. Forwards and up just requires commitment!You didn't make any comment on HOW you assembled the Quattro stack, btw. These subs must be heavy, even without the monster drive units usually found in subs. How exactly did you safely put the third and fourth units up? Was it really a one-man job or did you need assistance? and would you recommend that to any potential buyers of Quattro stacks?
We are slated to get first dibs on the new speakers.I am also interested to know if you tried using a pair of 12012s in stereo - one per channel? It will be interesting to see how KKs new speakers turn out, and I hope you will be reviewing them! I will be keen to see how they pair with these subs to make true full-range systems. I've twice run hifi systems in the past with dual subs, one per channel, and I've always felt it was a very natural way to extend the range of a loudspeaker to true full range, with the acoustic centre of the sub (at it's upper, locatable rolloff point) in time-alignment with the speakers.
To be honest, I listen loud BUT, if the speakers start to sound loud, that's down to distortion and I back the volume off. Protecting ones hearing thus becomes a matter of common sense, being lead by mechanical sympathy. Theoretically, you can turn sub-bass up far louder than the speakers, with little risk, but as I like my bass proportionate to the rest of the frequency range, this seldom happens.I do appreciate one comment you make, a point rarely alluded to or appreciated by many in the 'reference' sound reproduction market - your ears are your limit. Yes, few systems can *cleanly* exceed our hearing limits - and that's important as distorted sound causes disproportionately more hearing damage - so it's worth knowing what those systems are. It's equally or perhaps even more worth knowing that sustained exposure to high SPLs can and will cause lasting hearing damage. I'd be genuinely curious to know whether you, as the reviewer, have experienced any ringing or tinnitus as a result of listening at or close to the limit of what you consider your hearing to be. This bears back on what level of SPL is really desirable in a domestic living space and thus how much equipment is really needed. For my part, I more or less avoid going to the local cinema now because I know I will find the SPLs painful and will leave with ringing ears. I value my hearing, so I stay away. I may or may not go to see Skyfall whilst it's still out, but to be honest for me the price of that could just as well be spent on the Blu-ray.... the point being little art is worth suffering for, if any. Anyhoo...
Funnily enough, Ken 'fessed up that was his wife's first comment, when seeing the DXD12012, was with respect to a white option.As for feedback to KK - yes, white would be great, so would wood finishes - at least as a custom option - and also a paintable finish for custom installs.
You can take the mick all you want, but trust me, you wouldn't be laughing once you heard one.Doomlord_uk said:"Back-sidefire"
Also, he left HD out of the name... though I guess 3D is the new HD? Yeah, I hadn't realised that the Americans had taken a leaf out of the Cheap Japanese Electronics school of marketing. "push-pull-pulsar" indeed...