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    The Road To XTreme

    As many know, the MBL 101 Xtremes are very special speakers. The entire MBL 101 Xtreme Reference System is at a level challenged by few. When the decision was made to bring in the 101 Xtreme Reference system, many preliminary steps had to take place first. I thought I would create a post to let everyone know some of the preliminary steps we had to take prior to the arrival of this incredible system, truly worthy of the name “Xtreme Reference”.

    First, it was important to ensure there was enough power, dedicated 20amp circuits. Each amp takes 2 power cords, so that’s eight and the sub towers take 2. We also need power for the preamp and sources. So, two electricians spent the day running 8 more dedicated 20 amp circuits.



    Next, storage of all the massive crates and boxes from the MBL Xtreme system. I had to rent another storage unit just for the Xtreme system, amps, preamp, DAC, transport, etc.



    Next, cabling. The 6010D preamp has one set of XLR inputs and two outputs. That meant some long RCA runs were required to the sub towers. In addition, it was important to ensure we had enough power cords! 13 in total just for the MBL gear. The system also requires two sets of speaker cables.

    In dealing with the room and the way Omnipolar speakers work, I know it’s best to keep things out of the middle between the speakers if possible. This essentially meant moving the entire rack to the back left corner of the room and putting the amp stands in storage, since the MBL 9011 amps at almost 3 feet long wouldn’t fit on the racks. The gear on the rack had to be moved to another rack in another room. MBL also recommends the amps stay on the floor since raising them up would actually interfere with the bottom of the radialstrahler.

    Also, it was important to move a lot of the equipment from the middle room into the other rooms to ensure the system could really breath with impunity.

    Logistically, when the entire system arrived, I needed strong muscle to move it in from the outside into the store. It would have to be done in stages. Move the crates and boxes into the store and setup on a different day. Creating a staging area for setup was also crucial.



    Coordinating with Jeremy at MBL was important to ensure he was there to supervise the installation of the entire MBL 101 Xtreme Reference system. Lots of little tricks and tips we could never have known. His help and assistance was invaluable. He is a real amazing guy and a great asset.



    In the end, we were done in less than 6 hours with the setup. The precision engineering of this entire system is simply something to behold. Everything fits together like a glove, as you would expect from German engineering.

    The system takes about 100 hours to fully break in. We will be running it non-stop. The amount of adjustability of the speakers and bass towers is fantastic. There is a soft dome tweeter on top of the speakers (which I didn’t know about until we were piecing it together). This certainly adds ambience

    At the end of the day, this is one system everyone must hear. Incredible.

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    Wow! That’s some system Mike.
    Main system - Sonus Faber Stradivari, McIntosh C1100 with Stillpoint minis, MC2301s with Stillpont Ultra SS footers, Esoteric K-03X on Stillpoint Ultra SS, Cybershaft Limited OP17 Master Clock on Stillpoint Minis, Shunyata Alpha Clock 75 & Alpha USB Cables, Silenzio by E - Silent PC Media Server, GigaFoil v4, Keces P3, Supra Cat 8+ and Revelation Audio Ethernet cables, Synology NAS. JL Audio CR-1 crossover, JL audio F-113v2 subwoofer, PS Audio P10, Dectet, Power Ports and Noise Harvesters - Wireworld Gold Eclipse 7 Speaker cables, Silver Eclipse 7 ICs and Silver Elektra 7 PCs, Vicoustics, GIK & Stillpoint Room treatments. Three dedicated 20 Amp lines

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    Thanks for sharing a behind the scenes look. Truly remarkable effort. I have set up for audio shows in the past and understand what an effort it is. Putting together a system of this magnitude is quite a commitment. Wish I could be there to hear the fruits of your labor.
    Morgan

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    Re: The Road To XTreme

    After reading that, I need a minute.....


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    The Road To XTreme

    Simply amazing .

    This is where you really can start to talk about a system and engineering. I do not have eight double power sockets behind my system, 1m deep amps would not fit my rack, the space required to accommodate the MBL 101 Xtreme system would probably mean there is no more room left for me.

    What is the room size recommendation for this system, when I buy my next house?


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    Re: The Road To XTreme

    Quote Originally Posted by Kuoppis View Post
    Simply amazing .

    This is where you really can start to talk about a system and engineering. I do not have eight double power sockets behind my system, 1m deep amps would not fit my rack, the space required to accommodate the MBL 101 Xtreme system would probably mean there is no more room left for me.

    What is the room size recommendation for this system, when I buy my next house?


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    I’ve had this conversation many times with MBL. There are so many adjustments on the back of the speakers and bass towers that allow the entire system to fit into as small as a 14 x 16 room. Not joking. They designed the system so they would fit into smaller rooms in Asia and elsewhere.

    There is an optimal size and Juergen has it available for anyone designing a listening room.

    The listening room they are in is 20 x 25. They certainly don’t feel too big. We will in fact have no issues getting in three rows of chairs for the event on Saturday.

    Despite their total weight per tower, they are designed to easily slide around (one person can move them). The bass towers at nearly 1200 pounds might be best with two people. Oh, and there are 12, 12 inch powered bass drivers which will go flat to 16hz. The bass adjustments on the back are incredible for dialing into any room.




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    Congratulations!

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    Dan

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    Re: The Road To XTreme

    What, what, 12 x 12” drivers?
    Main system - Sonus Faber Stradivari, McIntosh C1100 with Stillpoint minis, MC2301s with Stillpont Ultra SS footers, Esoteric K-03X on Stillpoint Ultra SS, Cybershaft Limited OP17 Master Clock on Stillpoint Minis, Shunyata Alpha Clock 75 & Alpha USB Cables, Silenzio by E - Silent PC Media Server, GigaFoil v4, Keces P3, Supra Cat 8+ and Revelation Audio Ethernet cables, Synology NAS. JL Audio CR-1 crossover, JL audio F-113v2 subwoofer, PS Audio P10, Dectet, Power Ports and Noise Harvesters - Wireworld Gold Eclipse 7 Speaker cables, Silver Eclipse 7 ICs and Silver Elektra 7 PCs, Vicoustics, GIK & Stillpoint Room treatments. Three dedicated 20 Amp lines

    TV Room - Revel F52, C32, B&W LM1, McIntosh MX121, McIntosh MC7106, OPPO 103, Sonos Connect / W4S Remedy

    Resting - Infinity RS IIa

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    Congrats, Mike. Is this on permanent demo?
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