Originally Posted by marto2009
Thanks all for your replies!
It seems that I need to relocate all of my speakers to achieve better performance on my Minxs...
1-. Locating the satellites on top of the ceiling or on the side walls is kind of difficult, considering I need to "hide" the cable behind the walls or something like that. Do I have any alternative to this?
I always thought the surround speakers need to be at head level...
2-. Spreading the front speakers a little bit more and put them a little bit higher...
3-. About the subwoofer, I will try to switch sides and buy some "isolator" for it. Any recommendations? I can get the IsoAcoustics ISO-L8R200, Pyle PSi15 or the Auralex SubDude-II , which one do you recommend, any other?
4-. Finally I need to re-cable everything and re-set up my receiver with the included mic.
I will upload pictures this weekend with the new location on the speakers and maybe with a "temporary" surround speakers mounted on top of my head.
Thanks again and looking forward to your feedback!
1. Home Depot, Lowes, Best Buy(?) all have "racetrack", a plastic channel that attaches to the wall, hides your speaker cable and can be painted to the color of the wall. This is the inexpensive solution. Alternatively, you can open up the wall and run speaker wire (in-wall wire only!) inside the wall, however, you may need special tools, boxes, cover plates, etc .. not recommended unless you know what you are doing inside a wall.
2. Try to get them near the wall, but do play around with depth, width, and toe-in.
3. I'd go with the cheapest solution. Don't forget the "sub crawl"! One other item of note, since you will be crossing over your sub above 80 Hz, the sub will need to remain close to the main speakers, otherwise it will sound separate (and you want integration in the sound you hear).
4. Speaking of cabling, how are you currently connecting the subwoofer? What kind of cable? Just trying to get a feel for how you have it set up (and where many of the issues may lie).
Be sure to remove all the special processing the receiver is currently doing ... i.e start from scratch! If you are not sure, you might consider the "reset" procedure as described in your manual.
Be patient and trust your ears. Use well recorded music to test your system. If it sounds good with music, it will sound good with movies. Lastly, small changes in position (sometimes as little as 6" or 15 degrees of toe-in) can often make a big difference in the cohesiveness of the sound. Patience is a virtue!
Good luck! Look forward to your progress report next week.