Here we go again...
I am doing a major makeover to my theater with a fully new speaker system from Quested (12.5) to regain top level performance in my Dennis Erskine designed room... Time to move away from horns and compression drivers. More amplification, improved columns and new surround processing and room correction are part of this update. Construction has begun. Speakers and amplifiers are on a pallet coming from the UK and will be here next week and hopefully be installed by the end of the week. Subwoofers are in house. More photos coming.
1. Lower noise floor
by completely closing off equipment room from theater with hidden, acoustically treated doors and the port opening for the projector closed with optical glass.
2. New Speakers
: Leaving my SPL Runts and Klipsch THX Surrounds behind for an all Quested
- Model LT-10
for LCRs and Front Heights
- Model LT-8
for Side and Rear Surrounds
- Model LT2-4
for Side Heights and Rear Heights
LT-10s use Air Motion Tweeters and all other use ribbons. The system will allow the LCRs and Front Heights to play 115 db at listening position (17') and all others to 105 db. This was tested for and verified by Quested in their labs (long time speaker at Abby Road Studio
in the UK).
3. 7.2 to 12.5 Speaker configuration
- 3 LCRs, 2 Front Heights, 2 Side, 2 Rears, 2 Side Heights and 2 Rear Heights.
4. Rebuild Baffle Wall
to accommodate new LCRs and Heights as well as subwoofers behind screen.
: Quested AP-750-2 750 Watt amplifiers for LCRS and Front Heights. A single bridged amplifier for each LCR and stereo amplifier for the front Heights. 4 Quested amplifiers total for all front speakers. QSC Studio Reference Amplifiers for surrounds and side and rear heights (725 Watts per Channel).
5. New Subwoofers
: 5 Seaton Submersives - 4 behind the screen wall and 1 (one) in the rear of the theater. Mark Seaton has been to my theater and taken measurements in the room and these are the best locations. He will come back to fine tune their output as only he can!
6. For Video
: I will still employ my SIM2 Lumis/HOST and ISCO III anamorphic lens. Screen is same 14' wide Stewart Microperf with automated masking for aspect ratios from 1.33 to 2.40.
7. Surround Processor
: Have sold my ADA MACH IV. Will replace with either new TRINNOV Altitude or DATASAT RS-20i as both have 16 - 32 channels of output. Each allows for active crossovers. Leaning towards Datasat as it is here and now and will be shipping with AURO 3-D in a month and is far less $$ than the Trinnov.
8. Modify Columns
: for better lateral sound dispersion (will show pictures).
CURRENT ROOM photos and SPEAKERS (LT-10 and LT-8 in photo #1
, LT2-4 below).