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B&W owners I need some guidance...
Here is my current start on Hometheater/2.1 Music room.
Fronts: 2x 805S
Rears: In ceiling the top end Jamo, Dipole 10" in ceiling (WAF on these, regretably.)
Sub: EPIK Empire (Sealed, 2x15" Drivers, 600 watts.)
Reciever: Denon AVR 2809/989
HPTC: FLAC files and 1080P TV/Movies via XBMC
-I have a boxy 17"x22" room with one open half of a side, with VERY hard surfaces and signifcant echo.
-an amp section that I feel deos not do my front sound stage justice. I feel at mid to higher levels -I am losing out on control, and sound quality or 'life' - I think.
In short: I am losing out on clean, clear well controled sound quality - the thing we are all chasing here on many of these fourms. My room, power section and lower end DAC are likely prevenitng me from a decent result.
I need your advise on how to best impove my set up with my next round of funding - which is MAX $1000-$1500.
I am considering the following:
1)Power amp. I need 200x5 of clean, clear power to my B&W 800 series. Use my Denon as a pre amp.
If you choose this one, what should I go for?
Emotiva? (was my insital gut for price/performance)
Splurge for Rotel? (does not fit in $1500)
2)Room treatment - (prime accoustics London 12?) open to suggestions here. Do i need to place them perfectly? I have a nice, well decorated (ie. art etc) basement room. Can i place them all over to dampen the general sound then let room correct take over (for HTPC) (-I go Pure Direct for Music).
and/or (2+3 may be aforadbale in the same volley)
3) DAC for my HTPC digital flac files to come to life. rDAC?
a very distant consideration...
4) A new receiver (what my local HT guy was trying to sell me -$2300 ARcam)
to create a 'new base' for my rack. (Very relucnta as my Dneon is 1.5 years old and has preouts, 1.3 HDMI and Auduessy XT D-vol etc.).
Please advise on what you would do if you were me. Thanks in advance for any all efforts in providing feedback are appreciated.
Originally Posted by pbarach
I would deal with room treatments first, because any other changes that you subsquently make will be more effective if the room echo isn't getting in the way.
As an example, I used to own Carver Amazing loudspeakers, which are dipoles. The imaging became MUCH better when I dampened down the walls behind them with two large corkboards, the kind you pin messages to with thumbtacks. Bought them at an office supply store. I can't think of a single thing I could have done for such little money that made that much of an improvement. Now, anything you can do to put room treatments at the point of first reflection and to dampen down reflections from the floor in front of the speakers should make quite a difference. And it wouldn't be that expensive.
BTW now I have B&W 704s for my mains, and there is someone who I hope remains quite happy with the Carvers that I sold on ebay.
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