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What is the general consensus for people running non-magnepan center channels/surrounds? Does it work smoothly? I'm running a pair of the newer .7s and want to see what people are using for non-magnepan center channel use. Thanks!!
I'm using a center with a Linaeum thin-film tweeter for my 1.7s. Long out of production, it's no CC3, but it manages to keep up pretty well. Since it's in a center speaker, it's a monopole, not a dipole like other implementations of the Linaeum, but it has wide horizontal dispersion.

Now if i can only get around to finishing up the home-spun diffusors for the 1.7s, I think the whole set up will improve.

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I'm using a center with a Linaeum thin-film tweeter for my 1.7s. Long out of production, it's no CC3, but it manages to keep up pretty well. Since it's in a center speaker, it's a monopole, not a dipole like other implementations of the Linaeum, but it has wide horizontal dispersion.

Now if i can only get around to finishing up the home-spun diffusors for the 1.7s, I think the whole set up will improve.


I have a pair of small speakers that use a linaeum tweeters and that tweeter is surprisingly nice sounding. Which model do you have? Radio Shack, years ago, sold a few custom speakers under their Optimus brand that used that tweeter. I bought a pair of their Optimus LX5's when they had them on a great sale back in the early 90's. They have a cast metal case for the 5" woofer with a linaeum tweeter mounted on top protected by a metal cage around it. The tweeter has 360 degree dispersion. I recall paying 100 bucks for the pair when the normal price was $149 each.

I've had them hooked to my main system sitting on top of the Thiel 3.6's that normally are the main front speakers. Using an appropriately adjusted pair of subwoofers with them, the LX5's don't produce much of any bass on their own, the sound was very nice, with a nice deep soundstage. I never heard much in the way of press about those linaeum tweeters but they are a very interesting design and one that can sound very good.

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I have a pair of small speakers that use a linaeum tweeters and that tweeter is surprisingly nice sounding. Which model do you have? Radio Shack, years ago, sold a few custom speakers under their Optimus brand that used that tweeter. I bought a pair of their Optimus LX5's when they had them on a great sale back in the early 90's. They have a cast metal case for the 5" woofer with a linaeum tweeter mounted on top protected by a metal cage around it. The tweeter has 360 degree dispersion. I recall paying 100 bucks for the pair when the normal price was $149 each.

I've had them hooked to my main system sitting on top of the Thiel 3.6's that normally are the main front speakers. Using an appropriately adjusted pair of subwoofers with them, the LX5's don't produce much of any bass on their own, the sound was very nice, with a nice deep soundstage. I never heard much in the way of press about those linaeum tweeters but they are a very interesting design and one that can sound very good.

I have 4 of the PRO-LX5 II and the center is the PRO-CS55, which has 2- 5" polypropylene woofers plus the Linaeum tweeter in monopole version with 180° dispersion. The II version had been relabeled with RCA. With a Cambridge Soundworks 12" sub, it was fine 5.1 for movies. Like you, I got the RS speakers for a fraction of their original price. Since the arrival of the Maggie 1.7s, I still use the rear channel PRO-LX5 IIs but unhooked the sub.

I heard the original Linaeum speakers, (very high end) at a major Stereo show in NYC, waaaay back in the day. Phenomenal Sound! That's also where I heard the mindblowing Infinity Reference Standard V, so it must have been the mid 80's. That Linaeum had been able to cut a deal with Radio Shack boogled every one's mind, but it still wasn't able to keep them afloat, long-term.

I'd previously owned a pair of much smaller Infinitys, and the LX-5s don't quite live up to those lovely EMIT tweeters, but they were the next best thing. Except for my first Maggies, the IIBs that I was able to purchase courtesy of a timely car accident settlement!
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Sometimes I read up on fast sporty cars even though I can't afford them, fit in them nor get in and out of them anymore.

Sometimes I look at expensive homes for sale, not that living alone I need 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms and I am confused why guest/child bed rooms would need walk in closets and en suite bathrooms?

All these houses are pre-staged for sale, no room ever has a waste paper basket or a mop or a broom. One never sees a dog bowl on the floor or a crucifix on any wall.

The problems of the wealthy. so perfect it is a wonder they need a toilet.

Well today is a special day, I saw one million dollar home that not only had speakers but they were floor standing speakers!

I am uncultured about these things, I know expensive homes have useless light fixtures for show and all recessed lighting. Is the same policy in effect for speakers, everything is in the wall flush mounted? How does one optimize placement of in-wall flush-mounted speakers? Does the lady who chooses fabrics swatches also "design" where the speakers go?

Purchase enough expensive speakers, place them anywhere; then one needs Dolby Atmos to fix the whole mess?

Am I wrong to think this is a mess? I'm sure this can be done well, but by the same people who run the plumbing, set tile and pull wire?

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Just picked up a 2-year old emotiva xpa-2 gen2. comparing to the denon 5803, maybe an imaginary tiny improvement? or not? anyway I'll use this setup for awhile. xda-2 gen2 DAC -> xpa-2 gen2 amp. I'm using the balanced connection. simultaneously I'm using the unbalanced output of xda-2 to feed the svs subwoofer.

also picked up a peachtree integrated the other day. got three extra amps to sell

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I know that Rotel tells owners never to connect both balanced and un balanced at the same time.

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I know that Rotel tells owners never to connect both balanced and un balanced at the same time.
That would definitely apply to the inputs of a power amp, I'm not so sure about the outputs of a preamp though. I have both balanced and unbalanced outputs on a Threshold T2 preamp, and I use both at the same time for different purposes. It's worked fine for years.

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Thanks. I googled many emotiva guys are doing the same so I figured it should be fine

i guess there's improvement ... maybe just a feeling

my plan was to eventually get a high end amp ... but i'll definitely try before buy, making sure there's indeed an audible difference. as long as i find a reasonable justification i don't mind spending ... but it's just hard to justify ... now my decisions are mainly based on age, look, convenience ... not much sound e.g., i decide to keep the peachtree because it's convenient and it looks good ... in terms of sound they're all decent and comparable.
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