New x5's a bargain at twice the price.

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sjsfiveo

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New x5's a bargain at twice the price.
« on: 11 Sep 2020, 12:39 am »
Have had my X5's for close to 2 months now and without out a doubt the best speakers I've owned. I have had my share of speakers, Martin Logans, Focal Kanta's, 1.7i and 3.6r Magnepans, Emerald Physics, Triangle and Tannoy's. None of them provided a complete sonic package like the x5's due. Beautiful clarity and detail with a sound stage a mile wide with incredible defined imagining. Not only do you get sonic enjoyment your rewarded with a visual show as well. Bass is tight fast and plentiful these speakers have no problem pressurizing the 16x32 room there in and they play with such an effortlessness to them. They do take some time to break in and smooth out, when i first got them I was thinking to myself I waited 8 weeks for these! but after quick call to Clayton he reassured me just give them a few hours and some volume and you will be rewarded and boy was I ever. I couldn't be happier, I cant wait to get home now and turn on the stereo.
  My front end consists of an Aurender N100H streamer, Ideon Master Time Blackstar edition Reclocker, Aesthetix Pandora Eclipse edition DAC with NOS gold pin tubes, Nat Audio Magnetic Preamp and a Audio Research Reference 75SE tube amp. Wireworld platinum USB's, Analysis Plus Silver Apex XLR's and Verastarr copper foil speaker cables. One last thing Clayton is just a fantastic human, he was an absolute pleasure to deal with start to finsh, so if your on the fence there worth it take the plunge. 


Rushca01

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Re: New x5's a bargain at twice the price.
« Reply #1 on: 11 Sep 2020, 01:11 am »
Thank you for the review.  As I have mentioned in other threads I’m still on the fence and this certainly helps especially considering you have compared them directly to the Focal Kanta whic are on my list.  I wish there were more YouTube reviews on the x series even considering how “poor” the sound transfer is. 

morganc

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« Reply #2 on: 11 Sep 2020, 01:20 am »
Any tips to share with tweaking your bass pressurization?  I have a similar size Room and have not been able to get the bass dialed in that well except at high volumes. Amp has plenty of power.  Have moved speakers up to 4 feet out into the room and played around from 2-4 feet. 

sjsfiveo

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Re: New x5's a bargain at twice the price.
« Reply #3 on: 11 Sep 2020, 01:38 am »
I'm 44 inchs away from the front wall and 18 inches from the side walls. Where is the volume set on your bass amp? I'm about 8-8.5 outta 10.

morganc

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« Reply #4 on: 11 Sep 2020, 02:33 am »
I've got them at 10!  But my sidewalks are 5 feet away

Mr. Big

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Re: New x5's a bargain at twice the price.
« Reply #5 on: 11 Sep 2020, 11:29 am »
Closer to the side walls. You no reinforcement. The woofer wave is front and back not the sides so try to 24" from the sidewall and see what happens.

sjsfiveo

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Re: New x5's a bargain at twice the price.
« Reply #6 on: 11 Sep 2020, 11:30 am »
So your speakers are only 5-6 feet apart?

bbybaudio

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Re: New x5's a bargain at twice the price.
« Reply #7 on: 11 Sep 2020, 02:10 pm »
The X5s are the best speakers I have heard. Was looking to buy Focal Sopra IIs or Wilson Sophia IIIs, both great speakers. What convinced me to go OB was listening to NOLAs at my friends house. NOLAs are OB for midrange and tweeter with large enclosed woofer.  To me, the X5s have great dynamics, are musical and lifelike with the great lower midrange and bass.

My X5s are 38" from rear wall and 5ft or 7 ft from sidewalls. Subwoofer amp is set at 7.5 or 8 and I do not lack for bass at all. I used the Stereophile Test CD to adjust bass response. I sit about 10.5 ft back and speakers are 8.5 ft apart. Depending on the recording, bass is full at low volume and at medium volumes I can feel the subterranean notes.

Roy Sq

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Re: New x5's a bargain at twice the price.
« Reply #8 on: 18 Sep 2020, 11:14 am »
I would like to know more about the ability of the powered woofers to add a little extra thump to the room.  I heard the M3S turbo's last year and liked a lot of what I heard.  The bass was very tuneful (remarkable) but it did not have that oomph down low that I like.  Would be interested to hear others thoughts with these.  Thanks.

bbybaudio

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Re: New x5's a bargain at twice the price.
« Reply #9 on: 18 Sep 2020, 01:28 pm »
Looking again at others posts, the other night I turned the subwoofer amp up from 8 to 9 out of 10. Played a number of tracks and felt that I was on the verge of too much oomph. The Erykah Badu album, Baduizm, which is well recorded and has more than ample bass, had too much for me with the amp set to 9.  However, everyone has their own preferences, evidenced by the cars that have the subwoofers thumping at crazy loud levels. To me, the X5s have more than enough oomph.

sjsfiveo

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Re: New x5's a bargain at twice the price.
« Reply #10 on: 19 Sep 2020, 04:20 pm »
I like bass and I find with the bass turned all the way up it’s a touch to much, It hits  hard but fully controlled. I have never wished for more or wished I hadn’t sold my pair of Rel s.h.o subs. The beauty is there full adjustable to the users liking. I looked at the M3 but after talking with Clayton and going over my electronics with him he suggested the X5’s due to my Tube amp. I have an Audio Research Ref. 75se he thought I’d like the bass control of the X5’s better because of the built in bass amp.

alex_g_3

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Re: New x5's a bargain at twice the price.
« Reply #11 on: 21 Oct 2020, 03:03 am »
What Tannoy's did you have ?

I'm thinking of making the switch.  I've currently got the Legacy Eaton Standmounts.

Could you compare and contract between the X5 and the Tannoy ?