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IMO, a properly integrated sub definitely makes for a transformation.
I second that--these are my computer speakers and I have an S8 underneath my desk. I love the speakers, listen to them every day for hours, and have done for many years now. I also own the larger Audioengine HD6 ($600 when I bought them) and don't like them as well.

If the volume control goes wonky, turn the amped speaker off and on to reset. An anomaly: in mine, the speaker without the amp in it is never quite as loud.

PS and by the way, off topic for the thread, but I just bought Revel M16's entirely based on the review here and my early impressions are very positive. So thanks for that.
 
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Once again you are saying I have to do work to address your doubts. You have presented no research, data, or opinion of value on this topic. If I jumped the moment anyone said jump on a forum, I would never land on the ground!

Why don't you go and prove that distortion doesn't change with EQ? Don't know how to measure?
What about getting a sub (or even dual subs)? You could do both a full range and high passed listening test, and I don't think it would add much time at all, though it would cost money(I'd be willing to donate a bit, and maybe others would too). Speaking for those of us who use subs, I think a w/sub listening test would add a lot of value to your reviews. I think both a w/sub and a wo/sub subjective test can add value.

Also, given that you're mostly just EQing the bass region, for the w/sub listening part you could use the same bass EQ for every test.
 
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What about getting a sub (or even dual subs)? You could do both a full range and high passed listening test, and I don't think it would add much time at all, though it would cost money(I'd be willing to donate a bit, and maybe others would too). Speaking for those of us who use subs, I think a w/sub listening test would add a lot of value to your reviews. I think both a w/sub and a wo/sub subjective test can add value.
Blending a sub with a speaker is a lot of work. Even with an auto-eq I have to go through the hassle of their measurements, etc. Then I have to listen and write-up with and without sub impressions.

If you all want to donate $50K/year I can hire someone and facility to do these things. Otherwise, I am doing all I can right now but can barely keep my neck above water.
 

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Blending a sub with a speaker is a lot of work. Even with an auto-eq I have to go through the hassle of their measurements, etc. Then I have to listen and write-up with and without sub impressions.

If you all want to donate $50K/year I can hire someone and facility to do these things. Otherwise, I am doing all I can right now but can barely keep my neck above water.
Is blending a sub really that different from speaker to speaker?(genuine question)

I would think that you could get the subs positioned, EQed, and time aligned to provide a flat response to 100Hz(with a 100Hz crossover), and as long as you're putting the loudspeakers in the same spot, I wouldn't think there would be huge differences that would make the test any less valid than the w/o sub test. What am I not thinking of?

I don't have a lot of experience with integrating many loudspeakers into the same sub system, so maybe there are huge problems that I'm not aware of. I know that with my 3 passive loudspeakers I have(JTR, Revel, Infinity), as long as I put them in the same spot, then they all integrate perfectly with my subs, and I don't have to change anything at all. I use a 100Hz crossover for all 3.

*Edit: I guess it could be different if certain speakers can't really make it down to the crossover point? But, I would think most can make it down to 100Hz.

*Edit 2: Actives might be different, too.
 

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Even though I'm sure some of that is good advice (and I power everything off one outlet too), the speaker hiss of the 3 series line is not related to interference, the hiss doesn't get louder with increased amplification volume of the volume knob on back of speaker...it's the same intensity whether at 1 or at dial 10. I initially had ground loop problems that created a hum in my 308's at louder amplifications but that hum was coming from the woofer (not the tweeter), and I fixed that problem anyway by powering everything off one outlet. Yeah, so the hiss is in all 3 series speakers (from tweeter) unless they've somehow released an update in newer models being sold now. I don't think it's fixable by the steps you're outlining.
I did point out in the posts that hiss that is inherent in the gear probably can't be fixed, but it can possibly be ameliorated, if not eliminated, by gain staging.
My LSR 305Mk11s do not have a hiss problem. I did say that I was probably lucky. The steps I outlined in my post that referred to the Rane links eliminated hum and hiss from my high sensitivity main system.
 

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I did point out in the posts that hiss that is inherent in the gear probably can't be fixed, but it can possibly be ameliorated, if not eliminated, by gain staging.
My LSR 305Mk11s do not have a hiss problem. I did say that I was probably lucky. The steps I outlined in my post that referred to the Rane links eliminated hum and hiss from my high sensitivity main system.
I'm sure the hiss from the tweeter in the 3 series line has nothing to do with gain staging nor anything interference related that the user has any control over...as I said before the hiss is a constant volume regardless of the amplification level set on the back of the speakers and regardless of whether there is even any input even connected into the back of the speaker...the hiss is there (at the same level) even if you have nothing connected to the speaker apart from the power cord - so it's got nothing to do with gain staging. Hiss is inherent to all 3 series speakers. This is gonna have to be my last post on this topic because it's off topic and I don't want to contaminate this thread.
 
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I'm sure the hiss from the tweeter in the 3 series line has nothing to do with gain staging nor anything interference related that the user has any control over...as I said before the hiss is a constant volume regardless of the amplification level set on the back of the speakers and regardless of whether there is even any input even connected into the back of the speaker...the hiss is there (at the same level) even if you have nothing connected to the speaker apart from the power cord - so it's got nothing to do with gain staging. Hiss is inherent to all 3 series speakers. This is gonna have to be my last post on this topic because it's off topic and I don't want to contaminate this thread.
I'm sure the hiss from the tweeter in the 3 series line has nothing to do with gain staging nor anything interference related that the user has any control over...as I said before the hiss is a constant volume regardless of the amplification level set on the back of the speakers and regardless of whether there is even any input even connected into the back of the speaker...the hiss is there (at the same level) even if you have nothing connected to the speaker apart from the power cord - so it's got nothing to do with gain staging. Hiss is inherent to all 3 series speakers. This is gonna have to be my last post on this topic because it's off topic and I don't want to contaminate this thread.
Mine don't hiss. The exception, maybe, as I have intimated several times. So no, 'not all' as you generalise. Go back and read my posts carefully.
 
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Hello! I am new here in this forum and really enjoy the great content of audio information.
I decided to start here because this pair of speakers came to home around two months ago. I got there by second hand. I can say these sound great and have really good separation and nice soundstage. They fill the entire room.
I have noted a little bit of lack in details, but sounds good as pair of stereo mode.
Question: burn in could be a thing to consider?
Thanks a lot!
 
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Really? I have exactly that (Monitor Audio BX8)./QUOTE]

You realize that M-Audio and Monitor Audio are totally different companies right?

IMO, a properly integrated sub definitely makes for a transformation.
And that's why I bought the matching Audioengine S8 sub
 
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