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post #1 of 8 Old 05-06-2014, 10:33 PM - Thread Starter
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I don't understand.
I started with a Denon 1513 + boston acoustics mcs 160.
They came together as a package, and the speakers were obviously nothing special.
Well needles to say I didn't like the sound at all.
I went to a friend place who has A Bose 2.1 system and I thought I sounded great.
Now, knowing that Bose is not great quality and overpriced, I decided to buy some nice speakers: surely some good Polk would blow the Bose away!
So I got a polk csia4 center and 2 polk rtia1 as fronts.
I kept the Boston acoustic subwoofer and the two satellites.
I set them up, crossover set at 80 for center and front, 120 for the satellites, subwoofer set at 120 for LTE.
I was underwhelmed.
How could it be? Maybe because they are on the floor?
Ok then, let's buy proper stands. Another $200.
A bit better.
That night I go to my friend's house for dinner.
We watch some tv and sure enough I think his Bose sounds way better than my system.
I know for sure that can't possibly be, so I ask you good people, what is it?
Is it the receiver? Is it the sub?
It just sounds so boxy in the midrange. Sounds like people are talking with a mask on, regardless of the dialogue coming from the center or the front speakers, I tried both.
I would really appreciate am expert opinion.
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Could be

(a) your room and how the speakers are interacting with it (which could be in part because of placement problems)

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(b) you are one of those very few people who actually do prefer the Bose cube sound

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Didn't even know those people existed smile.gif
So you agree that at least on paper my system is better, do you?
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Definitely better. Seems most likely a setup issue in relation to how it's interacting with your room. smile.gif

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Any idea on what I should do next?
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Is it possible for you to take pictures of the way your system is laid out, we might be able to help? The front speakers should have the tweeters at a level that is on the same plane as your ears when you are sitting down on your chair/couch.

You might want to look into the receiver a setup from the AVR-1513 like the AVR-1613/AVR-E300 which has Audyssey MultiEQ which will calibrate the speakers to the room. But start with pictures of your setup and we might beable to help from there.
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Ok I'll take pictures when I go back home.
The 1513 unfortunately doesn't have Audyssey.
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Ok I'll take pictures when I go back home.
The 1513 unfortunately doesn't have Audyssey.

Definitely pictures will help. Try to get severa, with at least one that shows the entire front sound stage setup, and then a couple or so of the rest of the room layout. Good chance someone can spot some placement tweaks you can do biggrin.gif

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