New Super 8 XRS owner

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Angus2112

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New Super 8 XRS owner
« on: 17 Feb 2019, 05:04 pm »
I'll be taking delivery of a pair of Super 8 XRS in Macassar Ebony next week. I'm downsizing from a vintage pair of Cornwall II's in my audio room. The room is 14ft wide and as close to the golden ratio as the physical limitations of my basement allowed. The rear (14ft) wall is stone and the other walls and corners have acoustic treatments. No windows. The Cornwalls are currently approx. 3ft from the stone wall and 18" in from the sides. They are toed in slightly toward the center. This position produces a clean well imaged stereo listening field with the Cornwalls.
Any thoughts on distances for a starting point? I actually had the 100lb Cornwalls on dolleys for a while until I finally settled on a position.
Any other Super 8 XRS owners out there? Experiences? Opinions?
How about the Nerf ball? In or out?
Thanks

peckjed

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Re: New Super 8 XRS owner
« Reply #1 on: 20 Feb 2019, 04:22 pm »
Personally, I would start with the position where your current speakers are to see how they compared and then tweak accordingly. When I had mine they liked being away from the wall a bit - mine were out a few feet. I also would definitely toe the speakers in towards your listening position. Those RS8 speakers might be my favorite of Louis current offerings!
 

mrvco

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Re: New Super 8 XRS owner
« Reply #2 on: 20 Feb 2019, 07:48 pm »
The critical bit I found when setting up my Super 7 XRS mk2 speakers was toe-in.  Without enough toe-in the soundstage was huge, but lacked definition.  I ended up toeing them in radically, basically where they were crossing over well in front of my listening chair and then incrementally decreased the toe-in until everything snapped into place.

Angus2112

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Re: New Super 8 XRS owner
« Reply #3 on: 25 Feb 2019, 12:55 pm »
After lots of moving around I settled on 3ft from the rear wall and 2ft from the sides. They sounded muddy closer than this. I have them toed in slightly. The stage got more narrow and focused the more I angled them in. My media room is in the basement- so carpet, underlay over concrete. I didn't like the spikes in the carpet. Stable but almost buried. I left the spikes on and put 14" x 18" white quartz slabs under them. Bass is now tight and well defined.