[QUOTE=EdBob;7613833]Strange, I have pair 003
and can only say amazing things! Sounds to me that customer service prevails, the issues you had seemed to meet with a speedy solution! As far as how to wire them, one must take care indeed. "Major" problems?[/QUOTE
For brand new speakers out of the box I think having the wrong impedance woofers and having the left channel crossover wired wrong does constitute a major problem.
As for the impedance issue; I was only alerted to the fact that a run of these early units have the wrong woofers in them through casual conversation with the people at KK Audio, otherwise I wouldn't have even known. I almost sent them back.
I was there buying speaker stands and racks when I noticed dozens of 4288s being assembled. I mentioned how disappointed I was with the low power, inordinate distortion, and lack of low frequency there was when one of the employees mentioned the mistake due to improper or nebulous labeling on the sourced speakers. This wrecked havoc with my schedule and produced a tangential domino effect of issues, not the least of which was having to cancel, reschedule, but still pay the acoustician who was due to come by the next day. So that was a costly problem.
As far as the miswired crossover, I don't have the time to send these back to have that corrected as I am under a deadline to finish my studio. This is compounded by the fact that I work 10 to 12 hours a day for a major broadcast network and am relegated to servicing outside clients on nights and weekends so any delay that may take anybody else a day or two to correct will set me back a couple of weeks if not a month or more. I have to wait for hiatus weeks to take care of issues like these, so yes, this constitutes a major problem for me.
Now with the correct impedance woofers I have much more power and these speakers are closer to what I expected. The bottom end is hard to judge because in my untreated room the acoustics are akin to a handball court. The top end have never been an issue and I can say goodbye to ear fatigue.
Due to the problems, when I tested these initially, people in the room got the wrong impression. That is unfortunate for a great new product such as this because my cohorts are some of the biggest mixers in the television business. I will have to invite them back when the room is done.
Everybody I talk to says that Chris Pelonis is first rate, and I know first hand that KK Audio is as well. That said there were only 50 sets of these in the initial limited run, one would have thought they would have had time to test these before they left the factory.
Anyway, this post is too long. The first post was merely meant to alert folks to the woofer issue.
By the way the second production run will have some different cabinet finishes that look pretty cool.