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Just wanted to report on my setup of ACI Force subs.Got them BEHIND me in the corners, which turned out to provide the flattest response.All I did was connect my processor's sub output to one and loop it through to the other (using RIGHT inputs), set the level halfway and I never had to twiddle any knobs since.Amazingly, the bass level synced beautifully with the speakers (Linn Kisto processor set to 80Hz, all speakers SMALL), in all modes: SACD, CD Stereo+Sub and movies!I never felt the need of changing the bass level.The bass is now quite tuneful and never annoying (I'm not an explosion addict).I love it!And believe me, I have been experimenting endless with my previous single sub (REL Strata V)...I have placed my surround speakers (Linn Akurate 212) on a solid block of wood, same size, and this sits on the sub, leaving ample bare cherry wood for anyone to admire, at the same time providing the correct height for the surround speakers.Well done ACI and thanks for your personal response to my queries and subsequent order! Barend (Holland)
I have auditioned (way too) many speakers over the last couple of years looking for that "just right" set. That includes a couple of different ACI models. Hopefully I'm not letting the cat out of the bag here, because I have another thread on A/C looking to buy older ACI's...but I acquired a pair of 18 year old ACI LX's that are as elegantly, revealingly musical as any speaker I've listened to, Aerials, Sonus Fabers, Martin-Logans, B&W's, included.This particular pair was not well kept. The finish was gouged and abused. But after hearing their perfect performance, I realized they deserved better. I outfitted them with new duds (red oak veneer and grill cloth)...and voila, I get a "WHAT ARE THOSE?!!" smile from listeners. The LX's I believe were sold in both kit form and as finished speakers, and are amongst ACI's earlier efforts. The tweeter is a Vifa and the woofer is an 8" custom design. I haven't taken any meters to them, but I'd guess from experienced comparisons that the FR is in the region of 50-20,000 Hz. From my previous tests of ACI speakers, I'd also surmise that the response is nearly ruler flat across the range.I use them as my office system, where I play 95% of my music. They are driven by an Emotiva BPA-1 integrated amp and a highly modified JVC XL-Z1050. All cables are Audioquest (not that I believe cables make much, if any difference...I don't). The LX's are VERY revealing and are, as Mike D. might tell you, "just right"! Modern, well engineered recordings bring the artists to life in my little corner of the world. I've listened to literally hundreds of speakers, and these are the "rightest" of all 2-way transducers I've ever heard. I'm by no means an audiophile with a large budget and exotic gear. So I admit to limited experience...especially home listening room performances. But to me, these two little guys will never have to worry about abuse again. I'm keeping them until my ears fall off.When I play some smooth acoustical music, such as Sevenmoore, which blends acoustic and electric guitars with melodic strings, fast/deep rhythm from the bass and drums, elegance from keyboards or piano...I drift off to where the artist wants to take me. For rock, the LX's are as dynamic as I can stand. Voicing is tremendous with both male and female timbre being spot on. And imaging....oh my....voices and instruments seem to float upon the air, pinpointed and nowhere near the speakers. Because of the narrow nature of my room, there is no opportunity for the LX's to stretch their legs...so I can't comment on imaging outside the speaker placement. But with what is allowed by my setup, the soundstage is both deep and detailed. Orchestral numbers are almost TOO big for such small speakers.Just for fun, I briefly A/B'ed these for music and cinema with my mains in my home theater setup. While they didn't match the dynamics of my huge, exceedingly efficient mains setup, I felt they over-performed for their size and output potential. I guess I just want to thank Mike Dzurko for putting out good equipment for a LONG time. Good job, Mike. One of these days, I'll be able to afford a nice Force XL to give me the last octave not covered by these wonderful ACI LX's.
I've not posted on the ACI forum before, but I wanted to pass this along.I've posted a review of Force XL Subs on AA:http://www.audioasylum.com/audio/speakers/messages/26/268579.htmlGreat job Mike! They truly deliver the musical goods, and are certainly the best sounding subs at anywhere near the price.
In the short time I listened to the XL's in Stereocolia's room I was floored. They sounded fantastics. I was shocked he was going from mammoth 5 way beasts to small monitors but I think my number one comment was: "good move!"I can't wait to give them a longer listen.
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