Originally Posted by fight4yu
For one thing, if you are setting your Onkyo xover at 100Hz, and your speaker is starting at 130Hz, you will lose frequency content from 100 to 130Hz.
the frequency rating of the speaker is basically the frequency that it is tested and "sort of flat". Anything outside those range starts to rollover.
If you have a subwoofer, then it is not such a big deal if you xover at say 120-130Hz for your speaker, since at below 120/130Hz, it goes to subwoofer so you do not lose content. However, since frequency above 100Hz starts to be directional, then you will have some content coming out from subwoofer, which could not be ideal. The director may intend those to come out from the front speakers, and if you say place your subwoofer in a corner, it might sound strange.
On the other hand, frequency content below 80Hz are usually non directional, so it does not matter where you put your subwoofer.
Hope that helps.
I apologize, I think I was unclear in my description.
My current Onkyo HT-S3400
(HTIB) speakers have frequency that starts at 80hz, so a Crossover setting at 100hz is OK. However, zieglj01
brings up a good point that I've heard before; the Onkyo speakers SAY they reach down to 80hz but it truly operates around the 120hz range (at best).
IF I were to "upgrade" to the Martin Logan MLT-2
, I would GAIN a 1" tweeter for highs and a slightly larger 4" woofer for mids. My Onkyo only has 3.5" woofer with no tweeter. However, I would have to set my Crossover to 130hz/140hz. So in a way, I gain better clarity for the high's, but I lose out on the low's since they would be deferred to my subwoofer.
ALTERNATIVE #2, if I were to "upgrade" to the Energy Take Classic 5
speakers, I would gain the 0.75" tweeters, but would lose on the mid's since the Energy's only have a 3" woofer (smaller than what I have right in the Onkyos). However, the frequency is not bad; it's rated for 110HZ – 20kHZ -- meaning I would set my Crossover to 120hz, no?
P.S. I'm no audiophile, but I do place more value into dialogue clarity and crispness in music (e.g. classical). That's why I want to upgrade my current speakers.