Picked up a pair of AS-F1's today for $38 at a local auction. While the cabinets are slightly scuffed, the speakers themselves sound darned good for what they are. Not quite comparable to my main setup---Paradigm Studio 60's running off an NAD T757---but for a set going into my workroom, they're more than adequate.
Athena Audition series 5.0 for $225 or Infinity 7.0 system for $400?
I currently believe the Infinitys to be the better deal but the Athenas look way better and if they are a good deal and speakers then i would like to consider them. Hoping to check them both out next saturday then decide
My question is: How should I set my crossovers given my setup and the speakers' capabilities? And I know I'm missing out on low end without a sub, but in our current living space (and with a baby), booming bass just isn't an option.
A second question (and this is something I've wondered about for years): If I set my speakers to large, do crossovers even apply? For instance, if you set your mains to large, then from what I've read there is no bass management and the speakers get the full frequency range. But then if I add a sub, does the sub also get low end? Wouldn't that mean I'm getting twice the bass?
Thanks in advance for any light you can shine on these questions.
Without a sub I'd run them full range regardless of the specs.
I've had a full athena setup for years but I recently upgraded to a new receiver with audyssey multieq XT and I wanted to see if anyone else is seeing what I'm seeing. I have a pair of as-f2s as my mains, a as-c1 as my center, & as-b2s as my surrounds and audyssey is setting both the mains and surrounds as full range which is fine (I go and manually adjust them back to small with an 80hz crossover) but it's setting the as-c1 center crossover at 150hz which is quite high in my opinion for this speaker. I wasn't sure if it was something with my setup or room or if anyone else was seeing higher crossovers with the same speaker. I think it was originally rated as 60hz-20khz +/-3db but I'm not sure how accurate that really is and I don't have a mic to measure the speaker myself.
By the way I normally run with a DMC center because as stated above the center always sounded week to me too.
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In general, I would consider the RTi's just a tick above the Athena's (in performance and hierarchy, not value) but the Polks should be quite a bit brighter then the F1's. The F1's might put out a bit more bass with the larger driver and the RTi8's I had a few years ago didn't put out all that much low end for a tower speaker to my ears and room acoustics. So, maybe a little deeper bass and a little less brightness? So, even though they should sound quite differently, over-all, maybe a push? $75 isn't too much to find out.
The matching Athena center doesn't seem to be very popular on these forums so keep that in mind. The Polk CSi6 and CSi3 are fairly highly regarded for vocal clarity.
Let us know what you decide!
I used two have two full sets of Athena speakers including F1, C1 and B2 and B1. You'll get quite a bit of bass out of the F1, it has a pretty bright tweeter too maybe not quite as bright as the Polk.
What don't you like about your Polks? Of course for $75 CDN there' s not much risk in just trying them out. You could probably resell for the same price or use them as surround speakers.
Go for it.
i have the rc10 but i am using the RTI8 cause they fill the room more and have better bass depth . However when I put the RTI8 my brother made a comment that was funny : why is the sound blocked...i think it cause the mids and highs are not so clear (tried to eq a little but didnt make them equal to the RC10 for clearness) . Overall they sound fuller , was hoping the athena had the same bass and better clarity .
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