Looking forward to L800 but have concerns, what are your thoughts?

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  • Mike Reeter
    Mike Reeter Posts: 4,101
    edited November 2019

    Well, todays the day! I'm sure you haven't slept much since the original day of delivery ;) Good Luck!

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  • dromunds
    dromunds Posts: 9,341
    What's the break-in period on the L800's?
  • Viking64
    Viking64 Posts: 5,578
    dromunds wrote: »
    What's the break-in period on the L800's?

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  • K_M
    K_M Posts: 1,602
    dromunds wrote: »
    What's the break-in period on the L800's?

    It is usually a bit longer, than the return policy.
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  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 27,940
    edited November 2019
    This may not be helpful to anyone but me, but I just took the liberty of snipping out the published L800 specs from Polk for reference.
    https://d3vqw2nv1topde.cloudfront.net/assets/Product Documents/Legend/Polk_Legend_Brochure_Digital.pdf

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    Note that the nominal 4 ohm impedance yields a sensitivity of 84 dB SPL @ 1 meter per 1 watt.

    heh. One may get the specs for (just) the L800 here, too:
    https://d3vqw2nv1topde.cloudfront.net/assets/Product Documents/Legend/Polk_Legend_Owners_Manual_English_L800_MP.pdf
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,820
    Thank you for taking the liberty.
  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 19,263
    2.80 ohm min that will stress some gear....
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 27,940
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    2.80 ohm min that will stress some gear....

    Yeah, probably -- although the context is missing (frequency for Zmin and, not to be a broken record ;) the impedance and phase curves).

    I do think it's safe to assume that anyone droppin' the cash on a pair of these likely has a capable enough amplifier.

    I do not, so it's kind of a non-issue here.
  • F1nut
    F1nut Posts: 46,140
    mpitogo wrote: »
    Yes!!! Stereo!

    Yippee!!!
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  • ptrooper
    ptrooper Posts: 472
    Let the Grin begin :)
  • Nightfall
    Nightfall Posts: 9,507
    We're ready for a Don level review. I haven't kept up with this, what were your previous speakers that you liked? For comparison purposes to what you think of the Legends.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

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  • dromunds
    dromunds Posts: 9,341
    Nightfall wrote: »
    We're ready for a Don level review. I haven't kept up with this, what were your previous speakers that you liked? For comparison purposes to what you think of the Legends.

    After a suitable break in period of course. 😉. I’m still wondering if the break in period is similar to the LSiM’s or what?
  • bbeacham
    bbeacham Posts: 142
    An immediate review is fine, and a later review after break in is also fine.
  • dromunds
    dromunds Posts: 9,341
    edited November 2019
    mpitogo: what kinda TT you rocking? That earlier photo kinda looks like maybe an earlier Denon platter but the arm different? Hard to see on my iphone
  • mpitogo
    mpitogo Posts: 446
    I’m very content to say the least.

    @Nightfall previous were Polk LSiM707 which eclipsed my other previous Polk LSi25. Polkie through and through but never had one of the original SDA, I was in grade when they came out.

    LSiM 707’s were my prior favorite and are still in my life but the L800’s are here to stay! I play a very large variety of genre but I’m on a classic kick recently. Mixed in with a bit of new stuff and a @DSkip curated demo playlist.

    @dromunds yes, its a Denon DP-2500 with a DL–110

    Any track suggestions? This one below gave me goose bumps at NYAS where I first demoed the L800.

    https://music.apple.com/us/album/requiem-pie-jesu/590012562?i=590012704
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    Airplay zones: Family Room (HDMI), Family Room SA-10 (optical), Master Bedroom (Optical), Office (HDMI), Office DX7s (optical), Living Room Ares (Optical), SR7009 (AVR direct) and Patio (analog). Apple Music multi-stream to any, combo or all.
    Spares: Polk LSi25, LSiC, CS300, 4pr T15, Martin Logan Motion 40, 50xt, Dynamo 500, Rotel RB-1590, Denon AVR-4802R, Onkyo DX-C540, DVP-S500D, PS HX-500,
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  • Emlyn
    Emlyn Posts: 3,190
    Here's a start...

    https://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/22736/sda-playlist/p1

    That should keep you busy for a while! :)
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  • mpitogo
    mpitogo Posts: 446
    @Emlyn sure is! Thank you!

    @DSkip wow what is that? as the title suggests, trippy.
    Living Room Music-2.0 Polk Legend L800 | McIntosh C70 | McIntosh MA5200 (Treble) | McIntosh MC452 (Bass) | Sublimeacoustic K231 Active xover | Denon DP-2500A | Marantz HD-CD1 | Denafrips Aries II | Amazon Music Ultra HD via iPad Pro
    Family Room Home Theater-7.2.2 (Atmos) Polk LSiM 707, 706c, Dual DSW microPRO 3000, LSiM 702 F/X [x4], RC65i | Marantz SR7009 | Marantz PM-10 [FL/FR] | Marantz SA-10 | Sony UBP-X800 4K | Xbox One S 4K | AppleTV 4K | HTPC | Sony 75” XBR X850D 4K
    Office Home Theater-5.1 Polk RT55, CS400, PSW450, f/x 500 | Onkyo TX-SR705 | AppleTV | Samsung 55”
    Office Music-2.0 KEF Q100 | Sansui AU-6900 | Topping DX7s | Sansui FR-1080
    Office Music 2-2.0 Klipsch RP-600M | Topping DX7s (BAL out) | PASS ACA (kit) Class A balanced monoblocks
    Master Bedroom Music-2.0 Totem Hawk | Rotel RA-1570
    Patio Music-2.0 Polk Atrium8 | AMC 2445 bridged
    Airplay zones: Family Room (HDMI), Family Room SA-10 (optical), Master Bedroom (Optical), Office (HDMI), Office DX7s (optical), Living Room Ares (Optical), SR7009 (AVR direct) and Patio (analog). Apple Music multi-stream to any, combo or all.
    Spares: Polk LSi25, LSiC, CS300, 4pr T15, Martin Logan Motion 40, 50xt, Dynamo 500, Rotel RB-1590, Denon AVR-4802R, Onkyo DX-C540, DVP-S500D, PS HX-500,
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  • Kex
    Kex Posts: 4,435
    mpitogo wrote: »
    Any track suggestions?
    If you’re into classic, and requiems in particular, then it’s hard not to like Requiem by Mozart
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  • Kex
    Kex Posts: 4,435
    In a similar genre, also try Handel’s Messiah
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  • Kex
    Kex Posts: 4,435
    Also, since Dave Brubeck was in the list from @Emlyn I’d also try Take Five by Dave Brubeck.
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  • mpitogo wrote: »
    @Emlyn sure is! Thank you!

    @DSkip wow what is that? as the title suggests, trippy.

    It's on the new Tool album. Even if you're not a fan of Tool, it's a fun showcase for any hifi system.
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  • dromunds
    dromunds Posts: 9,341
    ElectricLadyland -Hendrix. !!!
    Sgt Peppers, Rubber Soul -Beatles
    DSOTM,
    On An Island - David Gilmour
  • txcoastal1
    txcoastal1 Posts: 11,801
    I was only at Skips for a short time and played 1/2 dozen Tidal tracks. War Pigs did not do well imho, but Black Magic Woman shined
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  • WLDock
    WLDock Posts: 2,919
    edited November 2019
    mpitogo wrote: »
    Any track suggestions?
    Emlyn wrote: »
    I listened to some of those SDA playlist tracks again last night on non-SDA speakers. It's easy to hear why SDA would work well on all of those. Herbie Hancock's Chameleon was always a number one test track for me when I was doing the SDA thing. Watermelon Man too, but the whole Headhunters album was spectacular.
    YES! I really want to listen to Watermelon Man on SDA's! Ages ago I had the pleasure of attending a drum clinic given by Harvey Mason. He talked a little about the production of that track's opening sequence.

    Other tracks I would love to listen to on SDA's:

    Yello - "La Habanera"
    Yello - "Ciel Overt"
    Quincy Jones - "The Places You Find Love"
    Lincoln Mayorga - "Camarillo"
    Carl Orff - "Fortune Empress Of The World "
  • pglbook
    pglbook Posts: 1,997
    edited November 2019
    mpitogo, now that you have a correct pair of L-R speakers, please let us all know your impressions of the L800s when you take a listening break.

    Congrats on the new SDA speakers!
  • I remember my Lsi25 came in boxes that are color coded. I think the right speaker has red texts with a big letter "R" on the box. Left speaker box has black text, of course. Pretty obvious that no one should make mistakes sending out two of the same. Why not doing the same thing for the Legend series.

    @mpitogo Congratulation on the new speakers. They look dominant in your room. Looking forward to your opinion of them. Thanks