Appologies for more or less a direct cut-and-paste of my post from another forum, but it sums up my experiences pretty well and anyone browsing the Meniscus kits may only check this forum as a reference.
I wired them up in my home theater setup, running off my Denon 3312. I had my Zaph 5.3 L/C/Rs previously and kept the center at first. After a little listening and hearing how full range the Finalists can run, i decided to switch off the center completely and run 2 channels up front. Sounds great. Dialog and imaging is much clearer than i expected. Funny that i got into this hobby to get cleaner dialog by buildling a nice center channel and now i'm back to 2 front channels and it sounds better than ever
One thing i should point out. I hadn't thought much about efficiency. I think the design is rated at about 84db. I had to turn the receiver up a bit higher to get these babies singing. I still didn't go above about -20db volume and they play plenty loud for me. Just something for other builders to keep in mind.
Last night i had some buddies over to watch the fights. We were commenting that it *really* sounded like there was a sub hidden somewhere. Obviously not a monster SPL sub, but a subtle, perfectly blended, bottom-fill sub. You hear notes that none of my previous speakers could produce and things are balanced perfectly. It's nice because i was hoping to run without a sub and now i probably will. You're not going to rattle the rafters but you get very wide coverage with this design without throwing an eyesore in the corner to do the grunt work.
Speaking of subs - i used to be a die hard basshead. I absolutely destroyed my ears in the car audio days. As such, i'm not the best person to relay the subtleties of a great set of speakers. I did some critical listening this afternoon. Maybe an hour or so before my wife got impatient waiting to watch tv. As much as I love this hobby, i've never gone out and collected a great selection of quality recordings. What I had to work with was some Beatles, Cranberries and Simon and Garfunkle.
The Finalists do great across the board. I already mentioned that they seem to dig very deep in supplying the lows. The midrange and highs are clear and balanced. Imaging is very convincing. I can't think of much more to say except that i'm happy with the sound
I was running them about a foot+ out from the back wall with the mid tunnel closed. I wanted to pull the plugs and listen open-back as a comparison but i couldn't get the plugs out They're very tight and i'm going to have to pull the mid drivers and push them out from the inside or risk breaking something if i yank away at the pulls. I sanded down the plugs a few times but they're still just a little too tight.
I'll report back as i get more listening in and if i can get some open-back experience under my belt.
Thanks again Jim for your design and continued support.