X3's are here! Unboxing, setup and Initial listening impressions

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Tyson

To read my initial listening impressions, go here - https://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=178889.msg1881613#msg1881613

Oh, I love when new toys arrive!  Some pics to get us started:



These guys are NOT small!




Very well packed.





Easy to get out.




Almost there.




Hello beautiful.




They absolutely dwarf the hotrodded Klipsch Forte III's I had in there before.





Excellent choice in high quality binding posts!









And playing!!!  Oh man, bass is crazy.  Seriously, I'm going to have to spend the next few hours chasing down the stuff I hear rattling around on the whole floor.
« Last Edit: 6 Nov 2021, 05:11 pm by Tyson »

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Re: X3's are here! Unboxing and setup
« Reply #1 on: 1 Nov 2021, 09:50 pm »
They can do bass. Put on Mickey Hart "The Gates of Dafos".

Your neighbors will think that your meth lab blew up...


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Re: X3's are here! Unboxing and setup
« Reply #2 on: 1 Nov 2021, 09:56 pm »
Congratulations!  Looking good!

I'm still awaiting delivery of my X-5's.  :scratch:

Early B.

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« Reply #3 on: 1 Nov 2021, 10:38 pm »
Looks awesome! That tweeter is next level.

Daryl Zero

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« Reply #4 on: 1 Nov 2021, 10:52 pm »
Your chair is facing the wrong way! Even a noob like me knows that.

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« Reply #5 on: 2 Nov 2021, 01:58 am »
Your chair is facing the wrong way! Even a noob like me knows that.

He straddles the chair with his chin on crossed arms, nearfield at 95db. Works everytime.

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« Reply #6 on: 2 Nov 2021, 03:02 am »
Is that the satin finish?

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« Reply #7 on: 2 Nov 2021, 06:42 am »
Oh, I love when new toys arrive!

Tyson, you are going to love the X3s.  You selected the same Satin Red as me.  6 Months later and I still love the color.  I know you will fuss with positioning.  But, they sound superb no matter the location.  They are fantastic for classical music.

Marcus

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« Reply #8 on: 2 Nov 2021, 11:35 am »
Really stunning. The color you chose complements your furnishings nicely.

Tyson

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« Reply #9 on: 2 Nov 2021, 02:48 pm »
They can do bass. Put on Mickey Hart "The Gates of Dafos".

Your neighbors will think that your meth lab blew up...

Listening to it now, thanks to Qobuz's ridiculously big library.... Yeah there's some bass there!

Your chair is facing the wrong way! Even a noob like me knows that.

Funny guy.  Haha.  Actually I just flip the chair around & move it back a couple of feet, gives me nice midfield/nearfield listening.  I also have a chair further back that lets me do far field listening too. 

Is that the satin finish?

Yep, Satin Red.  I was thinking about getting the high gloss but felt it might attract too much attention if it was shiny on top of being red.

Tyson, you are going to love the X3s.  You selected the same Satin Red as me.  6 Months later and I still love the color.  I know you will fuss with positioning.  But, they sound superb no matter the location.  They are fantastic for classical music.

Marcus

Yes, it's very clear that they image like demons.  Way better at building out the acoustic space of a recording than my prior speakers the Forte III's (hotrodded).

Really stunning. The color you chose complements your furnishings nicely.

Thanks man.  It's nice, now that I'm single I can just make the rooms in the house however I want them.  Since I'm in a 1954 split ranch brick house, I've tried to have a more midcentury modern vibe, and the speakers definitely fit nicely into that.  I'm really pleased with how they look. 

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« Reply #10 on: 2 Nov 2021, 06:22 pm »
Are your super 7s playing second fiddle to them?

Tyson

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« Reply #11 on: 2 Nov 2021, 06:37 pm »
Are your super 7s playing second fiddle to them?

I have 2 systems, the Super 7's are still kicking butt in my downstairs system.

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« Reply #12 on: 2 Nov 2021, 07:06 pm »
I am jealous.

mgalusha

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« Reply #13 on: 2 Nov 2021, 08:29 pm »
Finally, congrats!

JakeJ

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« Reply #14 on: 2 Nov 2021, 08:30 pm »
So this is why you've been selling off gear!  Very nice, hopefully I'll get to hear some Spatials next year if they show at Lou's (Daedalus) show.

Tyson

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« Reply #15 on: 2 Nov 2021, 09:12 pm »
Finally, congrats!

Thanks man!!! Especially since your speakers were a direct influence on me to giving the X3's a go. 

So this is why you've been selling off gear!  Very nice, hopefully I'll get to hear some Spatials next year if they show at Lou's (Daedalus) show.

Yep, gotta defray some of the cost if I can.  Although for the level of performance you get with the X3's, they are very well priced. 

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Re: X3's are here! Unboxing and setup
« Reply #16 on: 2 Nov 2021, 10:19 pm »
Oh man, those look so nice! Please tell me I want a pair.

Tyson

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« Reply #17 on: 2 Nov 2021, 10:22 pm »
Oh man, those look so nice! Please tell me I want a pair.

You want a pair.

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« Reply #18 on: 6 Nov 2021, 11:15 am »
Tyson.  Stop listening to music and tell us some details (LOL).  I'm curious about your positioning, especially distance from the MLP.  Also, your thoughts on the AMT driver.  I love listening to my X3s.  Take a listen to my most recent recommendation.  Available on Qobuz now (24/192).  Search for Honeck Brahms.  Even David Hurwitz at Classics Today loves the performance.

Marcus

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« Reply #19 on: 6 Nov 2021, 01:41 pm »
Tyson,

Very nice. I stopped by the Spatial audio rum at the Capital Audio Fest and they were using a version of the X5’s without a plate amp. They sounded very nice.