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post #91 of 407 Old 02-22-2007, 09:47 PM
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If it's close to a wall, the amp and connections go towards the wall. If it's near a corner, the rear can go towards either wall, whichever is closest. Experiment with placement, preferably with an SPL meter and some sweep tones like the ones found on the Avia calibration disc.
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I have an Avia disc, and my new receiver came in today. This is my first audio upgrade in about a decade, so I'm looking forward to setting it all up tomorrow. I'm stripping the plastic off the 14 guage wires right now before I turn in for the night, so tomorrow it should be just a matter of putting it altogether and my HT room will be complete after a year of getting all the key components:

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im so confused which sub to get now...was almost sold on the h-100 after reading forums what really confused me is the bic distributor? in nevada telling me that i should get either the klipsch rpw-10 or the velodyne vx-10, since those were my 2 other considerations...any help guys? would be appreciated
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how far away from a tv does a nonshielded sub need to be?
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im so confused which sub to get now...was almost sold on the h-100 after reading forums what really confused me is the bic distributor? in nevada telling me that i should get either the klipsch rpw-10 or the velodyne vx-10, since those were my 2 other considerations...any help guys? would be appreciated

Both Velo and Klipsch make better subs than the H100, but not those models, IMO.

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so against those two, stay with the h100?
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Yes

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Hello,

I'm comtemplating purchasing the Auralex Subdude (I have hardwood floors). I've heard a lot of good things about them, but I wanted to hear your experiences directly from BIC H-100 owners, since I own a BIC. Let me know if you would recommed this subdue and also how well our BIC subs fit on this subdue in terms of size. Thanks!

It fits the BIC just perfect.
I got one for $50 shipped. IMO it's worth the money.
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It fits the BIC just perfect.
I got one for $50 shipped. IMO it's worth the money.

Thanks for that information. It's good to know that it's a good fit with our Bics.
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Lol got this today as a response to a bid i put in on ebay

Greetings, Lowest is 239 delivered-USA 48 use this link www.acousticsounddesign.com/order or call 888-224-3663 Regards, Mike Embers www.acousticsounddesign.com 888-224-3663

the funny thing is that just last week this exact same guy told me that 229 was the lowest price they had after a bid i put in last week. It really seems like they determine their price by what kind of sales they're doing. If they're selling alot sell high, if they're not selling alot sell low. Gotta love trying to catch people at the right time so you can buy something.
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hes the same guy that emailed me back and to go with either rpw-10 or the velodyne vx-10, and not the h-100
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hes the same guy that emailed me back and to go with either rpw-10 or the velodyne vx-10, and not the h-100

Apparently this guy is in charge over there. I called and politely asked to be transferred to a manager or supervisor he rudely told me he was it and couldn't transfer me to anyone else. I may just end up moving up to the next sub up and paying another $200 or whatever for a better sub on principal alone, refuse to give these clowns my money.

Anyways, apparently Acoustech has raised the price and that's the reason for the $10 price increase. Boy these subs must really be something if they're going up in price after being on the market as long as they have .
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well what throws me off is the fact that he tried to push me away from the h-100 after i see so many positive things said about it
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i just paid for it through acuosticsounddesign.com.

i paid $278 shipped (UPS) to Toronto. I spoke with Mike Embers on the phone, seemed like he was in a rush with not much patience. Still placed the order though.
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i just paid for it through acuosticsounddesign.com.

i paid $278 shipped (UPS) to Toronto. I spoke with Mike Embers on the phone, seemed like he was in a rush with not much patience. Still placed the order though.

That's the same guy I bought my BIC from.
The demand must be exceeding his ability to fulfill new orders.
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well what throws me off is the fact that he tried to push me away from the h-100 after i see so many positive things said about it

A good salesman is always interested in moving a slow selling product first.
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A good salesman is always interested in moving a slow selling product first.
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ah good point..never crossed my mind..just made me think second thoughts about h-100
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Not true. The crossover frequency knob on the sub will still work to limit the upper range of the signal it outputs, regardless of whether the signal is the result of a DD5.1 source processed through a receiver/prepro.

Set the crossover knob on the sub to it's highest setting, or if the sub has a switch to enable/disable the corssover then set it to Disabled. The HTIB receiver will have a fixed crossover in it's bass management circuit (likely in the 100 - 120 hz range depending on the ability of the HTIB main speakers).

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I have question about the settings for this sub, specifically regarding the crossover frequency. It says in the manual that you should start at around 80Hz if you have Left and Right tower speakers (which I do). But some of you guys have said to put this to it's higest settings. Can you guys shed some light on what this exactly does and also share your settings? That would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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I have question about the settings for this sub, specifically regarding the crossover frequency. It says in the manual that you should start at around 80Hz if you have Left and Right tower speakers (which I do). But some of you guys have said to put this to it's higest settings. Can you guys shed some light on what this exactly does and also share your settings? That would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

If you are using receivers bass management set the subs crossover to the highest if not you have to set it on the sub
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I have question about the settings for this sub, specifically regarding the crossover frequency. It says in the manual that you should start at around 80Hz if you have Left and Right tower speakers (which I do). But some of you guys have said to put this to it's higest settings. Can you guys shed some light on what this exactly does and also share your settings? That would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

The manual says if you toggle the switch to "Digital" that the subwoofer crossover control does not work. You then let your receiver determine the crossover freg. That is what I do. I have tried 80Hz and 100Hz on my receiver. With my spkrs the 100Hz setting yields a slightly flatter response as measured with a RS meter and using test tones. But I've only just begun. And of course your setup may provide different results.
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For the price, this sub is top tier. A big improvement over the one it replaced for me. Thanks for the info fellas; I bet my neighbors hate the booming thunder coming from my house as I watch my Blu-ray war movies.

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I must say I ordered one a while back for the family room setup and value for the dollar on this unit is the best I have found anywhere. While I have a new HSU that just replaced the old SVS setup in my main room. For a small to mid size room, I don't think anything can touch this for the price.

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Thanks for that information. It's good to know that it's a good fit with our Bics.

Sorry, just came across all the confusion associated with Gramma and Subdude.
I actually have the Gramma, not the Subdude.
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Guess the $10 price increase from the "manufacturer" lol wasn't popular, at least one of the ebay resellers is accepting $229 shipped again heh .
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I have CHT Frontlines and the h100 hooked up to my Denon 887. Sometimes after I power down my 887 I hear a low hum from the h100, which I leave on auto. If I switch the h100 off and on I still hear the hum, but if I unplug the rca input and plug it back in the hum goes away. Anyone know what might be causing this?
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Did anyone compare subj with Velodyne DPS-10? I've got DPS-10 and pretty happy with it, but it is my first sub, so it's difficult for me to compare. Would it be better to return it for subj? The price is about similar, I gov my DPS-10 for $273, but can return it, thanks to Fry's return policy
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Did anyone compare subj with Velodyne DPS-10? I've got DPS-10 and pretty happy with it, but it is my first sub, so it's difficult for me to compare. Would it be better to return it for subj? The price is about similar, I gov my DPS-10 for $273, but can return it, thanks to Fry's return policy

Moving sideways at best...keep the Velo.

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Agree with Ron, as usual. THe DPS Velo is pretty decent and you got it for a real good price. If you had paid $400 for it which it commonly is sold for, I would say yes take it back and get the H100. The H100 may ultimately have a tad more output, but it would not be much if any and the difference would only be very slight and only barely noticeable at extreme and ultimate output levels only--not very often. Keep your velo and enjoy it.

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Asian, sounds like you are geting some feedback through the ground on your reciver. Try a ground loop isolator--a very simple device that you feed you sub out cable through to your sub. you can get one for under $15 from radio shack and similar type places. I would bet this fixes it--worst case you are only out $15 and can probably return to Radio shack for a full refund if it doesn't work.

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After unpacking my new h100, plugging it in and putting on chronicles of riddick, a few observations.

1. This was an excellent excuse to take down a lame framed picture of some random car my roomate had up in the living room. Now I just need to bolt more stuff down and stop all of the rattling.

2. Setting the crossover on my receiver to 80 sounds ok, but I think I'll switch it to 60 because there's still parts of speech coming from the bic.

3. The volume control... right now it's at 3. I'm not sure I care enough to get an spl meter. Someday maybe. But anything above this and it just starts to get "noisy" along with the louder bass. I'm sure there's some term I could use to describe it better, but with the audio world having so many silly words for descriptions "warm, bright" etc, I dunno what to call it.

It's currently residing in the corner of the room next to the TV. The only problem is, that the living room only has walls on 3 sides, 1 side has a half wall that opens up into the dining room and kitchen, and the part of wall that is there has a slanted gap because it's the stair rail, which leads into the stair well for the upstairs. As much as I would like my living room to be a 6 sided box, that just isn't gonna happen.

But with the brief description of that wall, maybe it has something to do with the sub just sounding a little "off" the louder it gets?
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