Completely sealed speaker configuration in a 6000 cu ft irregularly shaped enclosed room with 15' ceiling. 100% Home Theater use.
Display: Epson 3020 Projector + Jamestown 120" Screen with Centerstage XD
AVR: Yamaha RX-A3000
Amplifiers: Outlaw Monoblock 2200 x 3 (L/C/R)
MiniDSP (Subwoofer EQ)
Cable/SAT: DirecTV HR21-200
Blu-Ray Player: Panasonic 3D player
Gaming: Xbox 360, HTPC (AMD Phenom II 970 w/ MSI Hawk 760)
Left/Right/Center/Top L/R): Elan Theaterpoint THP650LS
Surrounds (4): Elan Theaterpoint THP650SS
Subs: HSU ULS-15 DualDrive
Goodfellas poster signed by DeNiro, Pesci, Liotta and Scorsese
Tony Hawk signed skateboard
Fran Tarkenton signed jersey
Carlton Fisk signed bat
Sean Miller signed basketball
Cris Carter signed picture
Nolan Ryan signed picture (of him working Robin Ventura)
What's right about the room
Surround sounds great, Elan Theaterpoint speakers sound amazing pushed by the Outlaw amps and the RX-A3000. Black out shades. Mini-bar.
What's wrong with the room other than the dimensions
Rears are dipole speakers... not perfect, but I didn't want a speaker sitting 17" out of the wall at shoulder height. Rears are also so close to each other that it's really a 6.1 system.
I think we need to talk some more about your system and the room. So if you want, call me again sometime today. I have your AVR manual on my PC now.
Awkwardly shaped rooms are always hard. My current apartment has a really weird shape with several angled walls. Because of the arrangement my rear speakers are about 10-12 feet off the ground, my left and right speakers are under the screen cause I can't space anything out, and my seating arrangements are severely limited. You definitely have a decent setup giving the triangular room.
HTG put me on to a nearfield midbass subwoofer. Suddenly it doesn't look so bad. Time to find some cash...
I read your PM and wanted to let you know that I was glad to be of some help with tweaking your system. So have you had any of these or any of with the new setup?
Will do this weekend. Pete should look at employing you as tech support btw. Talk about passion meeting expertise.
Just gotta find a used ULS-15 and a MBM-12 to round this baby out!
thanks ddgtr. Just took a look at your setup. I'm in high school ball, you're in the pros!
That couch is a semi-disaster, but i'm not sure what else would have worked. The back supports are movable with rubber bottoms. Works for smaller people but at 240 lbs i find myself moving them back in to position half-a-dozen times during a movie or else they gradually fall off the back of the couch.
Thanks dude. My pleasure. Bookmark Audiogon and the clearence sales at HSU.
I'm going to try the Elan sub in place of the Infinity IL120 this weekend. I think that change I was hearing was the 'fatness' of the IL120 that fell off (loose/ported is what i mean) vs. the cleaner sealed Hsu.
Quick Comparison Table:
Sub Size Amp Cabinet Size Weight Freq Range Type ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Infinity IL120 12" 500w 5962 cu in 45 lbs 28-150 Ported Elan THP1200SW 12" 300w 4752 cu in 37 lbs 22-150 Sealed HSU MBM-12 Mk2 12" 350w 4788 cu in 47 lbs 50-150 Both
No Pete can not afford me. So you invoice is in the mail.
Thx for the kind words.
Updated above. Thanks Again!
I'll try that, good idea. Bonus: it exposes less of the wiring.
Let us know how it sounds.
I'm going to hold off moving it. Got a 2nd ULS coming in. I've attached a location i'd like to throw it, any thoughts? Good spot? I'll measure it out to they are equidistant from the primary listening position.
Right now i've got the Infinity IL120s in there .. I was going to experiment with taking it out and/or swapping it with the elan once the other ULS gets here. When i've used the Elan in the past 300 watts in a sealed enclosure doesn't seem to get much done. Any thoughts?
First, you would go through the process of gain matching the two ULS-15s. The first one has already be done, so place the new one in the same location you place the first one, when we did this process a couple of weeks ago, and adjust the gain on the new one, using your SPL meter at the same place you had it when you measured the first one so it also is playing the same dB as the first one.
Now using the wireless feature on the second new ULS, BTW congrats, I would place it first by the fireplace and play some heavy bass content, walk around the room and see how it sounds, again listening for the tightest smoothest bass. Then repostition the sub to the corner where the Elan is and again listen and see if there is an improvement. We also talked about co-locating both subs below the TV so this would be a third option to placement in your room. So bottom line you have some work to do next weekend, or sometimes, you can spread out this process over several weekends. IOW place the second one by the fireplace watch some movies and listen to some music. Then the second weekend move it to the right rear corner and so on.
But as you know everytime you repostition the subs you will need to run Audyssey, one pass so that you can check sub trim level in the AVR followed by the complete 8 pass calibration. So this can become time intensive because you also might have to adjust the gains on the subs volume knob when you combine the output from the DD system.
Once you have determined what sounds the best in your room you can then plan out how to hardwire the second one and remove the wireless sender.
I really do not anticipate you needing to mess with the phase switch on the ULS-15. Leave both at 0. Then what you would do is play with the distance setting for the subs in your AVR. If Audyssey sets the distance at say 10 feet, adjust the lenght so it reads farther away, say 12 feet, play an 80 hz test tone (if that is the crossover frequency you have chosen in the AVR) from your BD player using the supplied CD from HSU. What you are listening for is a greater output from the subs at the LP. You can even use your SPL meter for this process. Play the 80 hz note at the distance that Audyssey automatically had setup then lengthen the distance and replay the 80 hz note.
Am I making any sense to you about the phase? What we are trying to achieve is the subs cone movement is playing in sync with your main L/R speakers.
And as you know you can always call me for further help. Of course you really should pay the first invoice I sent you.
Holy cow the room sounds like IMAX now. Exactly what I was shooting for.
Once i recieved the 2nd ULS-15, I gain-leveled the room (was using level-gain) and removed the IL120. Sounds amazing... right where I wanted it to be.
Thanks for the help HTG.
Welcome to our small but ever growing club dude.
I've only been able to listen to 'Clash of the Titans' and WOTW earthquake scene (5?) but the the WOTW scene just blows up the room. I can't imagine what quaddrive would sound like (never will... i'm satisfied) but with the two subs firing in seperately but equidistant to the primary listening position, it's impossible to localize the bass, even with the crossover in the AVR set to 100hz.
I'm hoping to get through more material, but the rooms officially too loud for my 8-month-old daughter to be in most of the house while the home theater is running hard. Looks like Terminator Salvation will be this weekend!
Hope you are having a great time Chris.