- Written by Jim Clements
- Published on 22 October 2012
Legacy Classic HD Speaker Setup
The Classic HD's were well packaged and even though they tip the scales at over 100 pounds each, I was able to unbox them and wrangle them into position without too much assistance. They are sold in fully assembled matched pairs. The installed feet are large rubber feet that can be fitted with included cones for carpeted floors.
I placed the mains about 10' apart and 10' from the primary listening position. Legacy has optimized these speakers to sound their best at 5° to 15 ° off-axis so I toed them in (angled them towards the listening position) just enough so I they were firing a little off-axis at the seating position.
I started out driving the Classic HD's with a 200 wpc stereo amp and liked what I heard, but I knew the speakers could handle a lot more juice. So I went ahead and vertically bi-amped them with a pair of 200 wpc stereo amps. The payoff was more headroom, a more relaxed presentation and gobs of output capacity. I played with the contour toggles, but decided that I preferred to keep them in the "flat" position.
The Legacy manual discusses the importance of keeping speaker cable resistance to a minimum. I used 8' long 12-gauge cables while evaluating the Classic HD's. Here is another key excerpt from the manual, "extensive measures have been taken to ensure that each Legacy speaker system represents a smooth, non-reactive load to virtually any amplifier. The amplifier should be able to CONTROL the loudspeakers across the entire music spectrum. This means that parameters such as damping factor . . . and dynamic headroom should not be overlooked when comparing amplifiers."
I placed the Metro HD sub in the left front corner of my room. I connected it with a pair of LR line level inputs that were split off from the pre amp. The main channels were being run full-range and I wanted the Metro sub to just fill in the lowest registers. After some experimentation with the controls, I wound up with the crossover set to 40 Hz, the gain was set to 11 o'clock and the phase control stayed on 0°.
These speakers sounded nice right out of the box. I still broke them in for more than 50 hours before starting my serious evaluation sessions.