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Old 08-11-2017, 05:28 PM
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Specific to the topic of "breaking in" the studios, there was a period of a few hours on the first or second day when I played them loud. It seemed like I could hear the bass increasing from minute to minute. This was a brief but interesting event. After that, the bass was just there.

This is consistent with the information in the articles that Rex linked, above.

All in all, making the acquaintance of these awesome loudspeakers has been a fun learning experience. I won't call it a journey, because the system is spectacularly satisfying now, in a way we have never heard before, and it ahs only been a few days. Any further changes will be iterative and small.

The speakers now deliver the same sound that made my wife and I unanimously and instantly agree that these were the speakers for us.

We won't miss the TV that much...
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Rex: Thank you for your advice and guidance! What could have been a frustrating and expensive mystery was understood and resolved quickly thanks to your help.
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BWB, now that I've gone back an caught up on the previous posts (my bad) it's good to hear that you've got things sorted out. Room interaction is (as you've found out) huge and going from a book shelf speaker to the Studio II's is a big change.

I've had mine for over a year now and they continue to put a smile on my face.
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Rex: Thank you for your advice and guidance! What could have been a frustrating and expensive mystery was understood and resolved quickly thanks to your help.
I enjoy helping folks.

I'm retired, spent most of my life working as a musician and audio professional (recording, mixing, editing, mastering and live sound engineer).

These days, I hang out on a few forums like AA and answer questions if I have good information. Plus, I'm a big Revel/JBL fan.

Enjoy your new speakers, you made a wise choice.
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Excellent choice. The bass may be the first thing you notice, but the superb Revel beryllium tweeter and smooth crossover will be the thing that will keep you coming back. The smart guys (other owners) on this forum said that to me when I first got mine and they were spot on.

To add to Rex's comments, it's rare for the place where your preferred imaging occurs to be coincident with best (or most) bass response. That's why, if you get serious about optimizing sound, some sort of treatment becomes the next important step. I've spent a lot of time playing with my room and even though Toole (who I admire greatly) suggests that a somewhat live room is his preference, it's entertaining to observe that Voecks prefers a treated and somewhat damped room. Their opinions diverge on this matter. I found that I sided with Voecks but only discovered that after I treated my room, which of course makes sense if you think about it. That is, there's no way to hear what the difference is until you actually add treatment.

My room is set up more or less as live end dead end and I get both reasonably tight bass and wall to wall imaging, although I also have a couple of subs to make things even more complicated.

In any case, room treatment is usually worth the trouble if you can manage it without discord especially with speakers as resolving and accurate as the Salon series are. Floyd Toole has a big room, listens to classical and also prefers to hear a bit of his room. Voecks has a taste for different program. That might play into it as well but my point is that a wide dispersion, flat power response device is almost always at an advantage in our small rooms at home yet ridding oneself of the first reflections and doing a little treatment for bass is still almost always a plus in home systems, especially with speakers like the Studios.
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