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AV123 is one of a handful of internet direct companies manufacturing quality loudspeakers at affordable prices. The company's Onix line of speakers has changed a bit, and they have dropped the Onix nomenclature. After having a pair of the x-ls monitors in my home for several months, I was excited when they shipped me a pair of the brand new x-mtm towers. After living with them for a couple of months, I'm ready to report to you my findings on what is surely a highly-anticipated speaker for many who are looking for a lot of bang for their buck.
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Having heard these speakers in my own room, I think they are decent for the price. They are almost worth their asking price just for the cabinets alone. Though they are SUPER huge so be prepared for large boxes as the pics online don't really convey that.I'm having a hard time figuring out if they got a good or mediocre review.
I will warn you however that they are power hungry as they managed to clip the amp we were using when playing "The Chant" by Fourplay. If you are running them full range in a large room, I suggest a good 200wpc or more amplifier.
If you have good room acoustics, plug the ports and/or use your receivers bass management combined with a dedicated sub or two, you have quite a nice speaker system that looks better than anything on the market at double its price.
The fact that AV123 is scheduled to upgrade the tweeter and some crossover components is icing on the cake.
Wonderful, absolutely wonderful short review. With the kinds of music I listen to and movie watching (and space) I think these would fit in well in my home.
When you say power hungery are you saying the rated efficiency given by AV123 is not accurate or rather the impedance is prone to fluctuate?
I have no reason to doubt their specified sensitivity. Since I didn't measure impedance/phase, I can only guesstimate that they must be a difficult load. I forgot to mention that when the amp was clipping, the woofers were bottoming out like mad so you definately shouldn't drive them so hard. The woofers in these speakers and especially in the xls bookshelf can't take much punishment which is why they need to be bass managed and mated with a good sub or two.When you say power hungery are you saying the rated efficiency given by AV123 is not accurate or rather the impedance is prone to fluctuate?
Sounds like a good party speaker or a good tower for HT if you can't afford a sub. I'm really disappointed in the imaging and midrange. I was hoping these would be good speakers at at any price and the value would make them great.
Actually J wrote the review not meYeah it's as if Gene wanted to give them a good review but he just couldn't because of their shortfalls in the SQ department so he commented most on their build quality. I guess you can take it as them getting both a good and bad review depending on how you look at it.