XTZ Spirit Series 5.1 Speaker Package Review & Comments

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    1. Steve Withers

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      I've really enjoyed my trio of XTZ Spirit 6s as front LCR (paired with a BK XLS200 DF sub). Well worth a listen for anyone in the market for great value speakers.
       
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      Nice review Steve. Heard them at Epic Home Cinema and they are cracking speakers!
       
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      Hmm I’ve e not heard these in the flesh but would the spirit 11s be in the same realm as the kef q550s. The kef have an extra driver but are 100 pounds or so more. Just wondering if this would be a contender for me as I’m looking into the q750s at the moment. Ideally the 950s but they might be a tag big for my amp
       
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      A shot of spirts? :rotfl::rotfl:
       
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      Cool, been waiting on a review. Keep saying but at some but I'm looking to use the spirit 2's as on ceiling Atmos speakers.
       
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      What puts you off the Atmosphere S2s for Atmos duties? I'd have thought their concentric design lends them better to point-source Atmos duties.

      I've got a couple of pairs of S2s that I use with the Spirit 6s for Atmos and Surround duties and I really like them, too.
       
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      Great review! They look superb on wall!

      Absolute bargain!

      Anyone ordering these will be well looked after by Jag @ Epic Home Cinema
      www.epichomecinema.co.uk

      Top fella :)
       

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      Heya. Would you happen to have a photo of your S2s on your Spirit 6s please? You got your Spirit 6s wall mounted? Cheers.
       
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      My S2s aren't close to the Spirit 6s. The Spirit 6s are shelf mounted horizontally under a PJ screen. I have the S2s on a shelf above the screen firing at the ceiling.

      The S2s are probably too big to go on the Spirit 6s.
       
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      Good review. One suggestion @Steve Withers - take photos of the products in situ so we can have a better idea of how they look in an actual room.
       
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      We do when possible but photographing a black speaker in a black room presents certain difficulties.
       
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      great thing about these speakers is the versatility on how they can be used, and the wife friendly factor and of course the sound. i should be getting some bookshelf speakers from this range to match my subwoofer, quite soon and will then buy the rest for surround duties...
       
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      @Steve Withers looks like you haven’t yet seen my previous comment. It says “shot of spirts” in the sub heading. ;)
       
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      I thought you were laughing at the pun and I was like "yeah buddy, we get it", but now I too see the typo :p
       
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      Thanks.
       
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      One thing to notice which i have seen mentioned by Jag and also in this review is the XTZ Spirit 12 sub is being sold as 400w version. But if one looks it further this has only 200w rms amp, the 400w is the peak power! Nobody talks 17 serie subs as 800w or Cinema 1x12 as 900w subs. For some people it doesn`t matter, but for some it might! Also Spirit mentions different thicknesses vs. 17 serie subs, so i assume the cabinet might be little cheaper version aswell.

      I don`t question that this sub wouldn´t be good enough for many people, but for the serious guys there is better choices not much more ££. Was suprised why they brought this model as even 10.17 has better specs of now and getting better..

      10.17 and 12.17 models will soon have ICEpower 700w rms amps with 5year warranty, Spirit 12 - 2years. Intresting to see how much prices jump with much higher quality amplification.

      Modest jumps in power are meaningless, but 200w vs. 700w as RMS might matter for the serious HT guys playing loud with added headroom.

      @Steve Withers if possible take the new "updated" XTZ sub for a review, maybe the smaller this time! Better yet ask SVS and BK to send PB1000 & Monolith Plus and do a movie sub group test! ;) Something like this has been hoped for long time!
       
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      I've just had the SVS PB4000 in for review, which is a bit of a monster in terms of size. However I am planning to look at some smaller subs from BK, REL and Velodyne, so that's a good suggestion.
       
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      NOOO I was hoping you would do the PC-4000 as have my eye on that one. Fancy an upgrade to my PC2000
       
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      Thanks Gaspy, having a good read now. Its interesting that the reviewer is running both a ported and sealed box as I always thought this was a bad thing to do. And by me I mean the thousand comments to this affect when I asked the same question as id love a PB for movies and a SB for music due to what I listen to. Food for thought.
       
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      I wonder how these plus a pair of S2 Atmospheres would compare to the Focal 5.1 Atmos set?
       
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      Personally I'd go for the XTZs.
       
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      What would the views be of using 3 x Spirit 8's as LCR instead of 3 x M6 Cinema's in a small room (3.9m x 2.8m). The financial save is quite large ;)
       
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      Theses sound perfect for my set up but sadly I cant find any in stock anywhere.
       
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      Contact Hifi Pilot as XTZ Sweden shows most of models are in-stock, it shouldn´t take long for them to get those in UK. Though i assume they have demo samples in showroom if you want to hear them first..
      https://hifipilot.uk/contact
       
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      What did you do here?

      I'm looking at XTZ.

      My questions are.
      - Will there be any major sounddifference between Cinema Series and Spirit Series?
      - Will I gain anything from using Spirit 11, instead of either Spirit 8 or 6 for LCR for most effect or are they almost same in regards to powerfullness when using the Spirit sub?
      - I've read that people state that usind Spirit 6/8 for wallmount it will not give the best effect is that correct?

      I would really like not have floor speakers.
       
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      Have you talked with Olle (CEO of XTZ) directly? He is going to give you detailed answers how the M6 vs Spirit 8 differs in real world situations. You can reach him via EU site email or better yet call him straight! As ID brand they can share much more information (technical) than some other bigger companies. I have asked some things about him and got detailed answers even with some graphs. It really gives you good feel of this company. They won´t hide anything. :)

      If you don`t like floorstanding speakers, forget them right away. You don´t want to put your hard earned cash something you don`t like. Recipe for buyers remorse. Depending of room/placement/wife you might even get less good results with them (S11). Spirit 8 uses same drivers as model 11 and can take same amount of power (180w / 400w). Spirit 6 has very slim cabinet and smaller drivers, i think if one is serious with HT build he should look for S8 or Cinema series. Price difference is rather small with S8 vs. S6. Spirit 8 can play louder if needed, larger cabinet with larger drivers (180mm vs. 150mm) will always have some advantages.

      In UK you would pay 150£ less for the Spirit 8 pair (vs 11) which would be better spent to greater subwoofer. If you have the option to buy 12.17 rather than Spirit sub, do that! You get the better extension and the power needed to play those low frequencies, more headroom - most likely longer life for amp as if the Spirit is being pushed near it´s limits all the time. I`m not sure was there also some savings done with the cabinet. Spirit sub has 200w rms amp (marketed as 400w amp = dynamic peak power), 12.17 has 500w rms/800w (or Edge model 700w rms / 1045w). XTZ EU site might still give 12.17 Edge model for pre-order price if you are fast (same price as normal model), i would jump for that if budget allows! Very high quality amp with longer warranty (5years vs. 2years).

      Spirit 6 and 8 has keyhole slots behind the speaker for wall mounting and the rear ports can be closed with bungs, adjustable treble aswell. I think XTZ have thought the wall mounting very carefully at designing phase of the speakers, measuring how they behave near walls vs. out. I don´t know where you have read they won´t sound good on-wall, was it from owners or just some forum talk. This is another thing i would talk directly with Olle.
       
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      Hi thanks a lot for the very elaborate answer.
      I have written to Olle and to be honest I'm very split on what to choose for my living arrangements.

      I'm not very fond of having floor speakers again, but the size of the Spirit 8 for wall mount doesn't make it look good I think. The Spirit 6 are ideal size and am going to use a XTZ subwoofer preferrable 1217 Edge but am afraid it's not enough for my livingroom.

      I have read in regards to the wall on minhembio Swedish forum where a couple of users have tried it out.

      I have attached a picture of my floorplan and hope you can give some valuable input.
       

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