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

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  • Mikey081057
    Mikey081057 Posts: 7,127
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3ezBecK788

    I didn't read the whole thread so apologies if this was previously posted
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  • erniejade
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    @ptrooper i have first hand experience with a sunfire sig Ii 625x2 and sda. They play very nicely together. I had 2.3 and 1.2 on the 625x2 with excellent results. I also had a McIntosh 2105 and a sunfire 300x2 , the sig II is a much better sounding amp. I sold it to @vcwatkins a while back to "upgrade" to a McIntosh mc402. I still feel to this day it was not an upgrade, it was just a different sound. Mine was redone by Roland.

    Good amp choice in my opinion.


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  • erniejade
    erniejade Posts: 6,263
    Speaking of past SDA, when i had the basement to myself, i had the 1.2 & 2.3, so placement was never an issue. FF to years later to the livingroom with one side wall 13 feet on the right and 20+ feet on the left using 3.1's and they did suprising well. Actually darn good. I only sold them to go to the Tyler's that are way too big for the room but i still like them.

    I know the 3.1 were designed for a smaller room and seem more forgiving on placement. Was there a difference on the sda with the 3.1 or was it just placement of the drivers within the cabinet?
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  • nooshinjohn
    nooshinjohn Posts: 24,905
    Good choice for the old SDA anyway. It may be a little thin for the L800. I had a 625x2 as well, and it was excellent with the 1.2TL’s. It also was very well matched to the LSI line.
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  • Tony M
    Tony M Posts: 10,996
    This is my understanding of SDA per Polk audio's explanation. Seems logical for sure. Flat speaker baffles. ;)
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    I immediately thought about DCM Time windows when I saw the new Legend L800 pictures. These Time Windows are very spacious sounding because of their angled baffles I believe. I've owned 2 pr's of these DCMs and know their sound quite well.
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    Each design is superb!

    But...how do you combine the two designs and think it'll work. I'm also thinking and agreeing with the above comments, adding the other elements of the new L800 may be a negative. But what do I know, I don't own a set of the L800's yet.

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  • displayname
    displayname Posts: 1,118
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3ezBecK788

    I didn't read the whole thread so apologies if this was previously posted
    Check page 14 and the next couple pages after. We've had some solid discussion related to this review.
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  • nooshinjohn
    nooshinjohn Posts: 24,905
    erniejade wrote: »
    Speaking of past SDA, when i had the basement to myself, i had the 1.2 & 2.3, so placement was never an issue. FF to years later to the livingroom with one side wall 13 feet on the right and 20+ feet on the left using 3.1's and they did suprising well. Actually darn good. I only sold them to go to the Tyler's that are way too big for the room but i still like them.

    I know the 3.1 were designed for a smaller room and seem more forgiving on placement. Was there a difference on the sda with the 3.1 or was it just placement of the drivers within the cabinet?

    There is only one driver for the dimensional array, so placement was much less critical. They are the most forgiving of placement issues of all the SDA line IMHO.
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  • erniejade wrote: »
    Speaking of past SDA, when i had the basement to myself, i had the 1.2 & 2.3, so placement was never an issue. FF to years later to the livingroom with one side wall 13 feet on the right and 20+ feet on the left using 3.1's and they did suprising well. Actually darn good. I only sold them to go to the Tyler's that are way too big for the room but i still like them.

    I know the 3.1 were designed for a smaller room and seem more forgiving on placement. Was there a difference on the sda with the 3.1 or was it just placement of the drivers within the cabinet?

    There is only one driver for the dimensional array, so placement was much less critical. They are the most forgiving of placement issues of all the SDA line IMHO.

    Could be the only thing shared between the past SDAs and the L800 excluding the XOer circuitry?
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  • nooshinjohn
    nooshinjohn Posts: 24,905
    By the looks of it, the term SDA is the only thing they share.
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  • mpitogo wrote: »
    Just speculation on my part, but I wonder what influence the massive power port firing out the bottom has on the imaging issues everyone talks about with the L800. From my experience with the L200, there was a bunch of sound coming from the back.

    I have never heard a set of SDA have the difficulties the new ones are said to have, and the major functional difference is that port.

    SDA operates above 370hz and I believe is limited in upper frequency as well but has a tweeter for some of that range. The port tuning is definitely non directional. I can’t hear or localize it so the power port is doing it’s job to minimize port noise and chuffing even at high volumes. I must so say the L800 plays deep at low volumes and scales well up to a point.

    This answered my next question: if the second tweeter was a part of the SDA circuit like the first gen SDA-CRSs.
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  • ptrooper
    ptrooper Posts: 501
    I only had to hear the positive side of this review and i was sold. B)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3ezBecK788

    I didn't read the whole thread so apologies if this was previously posted
    Check page 14 and the next couple pages after. We've had some solid discussion related to this review.

  • nooshinjohn
    nooshinjohn Posts: 24,905
    You ordered a pair?
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, Arcam AVR20, Oppo UDP-203 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk Audio Legend L800 with height modules, L400 Center Channel Polk audio AB800 "in-wall" surrounds. Marantz MM7025 stereo amp. Simaudio Moon 680d DSD

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  • vmaxer
    vmaxer Posts: 5,116
    ptrooper wrote: »
    I only had to hear the positive side of this review and i was sold. B)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3ezBecK788

    I didn't read the whole thread so apologies if this was previously posted
    Check page 14 and the next couple pages after. We've had some solid discussion related to this review.

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  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 27,873
    Will be a sweet shoot out, your modded sda versus the L800!
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  • ptrooper
    ptrooper Posts: 501
    @VR3 we'll need an Abbot L800 upgrade to be fair! B)
  • BlueBirdMusic
    BlueBirdMusic Posts: 2,041
    I was interested in the route. Congrats on your speakers!

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  • Viking64
    Viking64 Posts: 6,593
    edited March 2020
    I was interested in the route. Congrats on your speakers!

    36 h (3,417.1 km) via National Highway A1

    Oh dear! That route crosses the Nullarbor Plain, which is the area where hitchhiker Jamie Lee Curtis was being pursued by a killer in the film "Road Games". :o

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uigWezEe6v4
  • ptrooper
    ptrooper Posts: 501
    edited March 2020
    Correction. Thank you. 3 days with stops .
    I have done the crossing over the Nullarbor whilst in the 3rd Royal Australian Regiment from Sydney to Perth and back 3 times and this was a 3 day ride only stopping for feeds!😀
    I was interested in the route. Congrats on your speakers!

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    36 h (3,417.1 km) via National Highway A1
    I was interested in the route. Congrats on your speakers!

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  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 18,124
    @ptrooper - I believe you win the award for furthest traveled to get a pair of speakers to feed your audio hobby. Wow!

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  • Viking64
    Viking64 Posts: 6,593
    treitz3 wrote: »
    ptrooper - I believe you win the award for furthest traveled to get a pair of speakers to feed your audio hobby. Wow!

    Tom

    Ummmmm.....no. :o
  • ptrooper
    ptrooper Posts: 501
    edited March 2020
    Sorry Tom.I got a bit carried away talking about the distance which i had forgotten the time it takes to drive ! I definately wouldn't drive to pick them up.couriers would be far cheeper considering fuel prices here!
  • F1nut
    F1nut Posts: 49,595
    ptrooper wrote: »
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    Polks demo room.How far apart do you think these speakers are?

    That's one of the demo rooms at the old Polk HQ in Baltimore. The demo rooms at the current ARAD facility are much larger.

    BTW, that's the back of Polk Paul's head. B)
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  • ptrooper
    ptrooper Posts: 501
    edited March 2020
    This is the space my L 800’s will have with a maximum of 4 ft between them, they'll be the best telly speakers in the house 😀, x07ys6m92zrn.jpeg
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  • marvda1
    marvda1 Posts: 4,827
    why would you pay that much for speakers if your setup will not allow them get anywhere near their full potential ? like buying a souped up race car when the speed limit is 40 mph all over your state.
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  • ddog
    ddog Posts: 230
    @ptrooper
    Your place looks very nice...
    Can't wait to hear your thoughts on the L800 especially vs the SRS SDA's...
  • TopperDude
    TopperDude Posts: 166
    Audiholics L800 SDA Speaker Unboxing & Setup

    https://youtu.be/6MLgmBm-LtE

    Interesting as he touches on the type of amp you SHOULDNT be using with this.

    Looking forward to his actual review.
  • dromunds
    dromunds Posts: 9,948
    Interesting. Looking forward to more