Originally Posted by jeahrens
There's no real reason to go with $500 stands. I'm using the heavy steel stands I bought in the mid 90's. They were nowhere near $500 even then. Just look for something heavy with a wide enough base for the speaker and decent base (spikes if you have carpet).
With those crossovers, I would start with 60Hz for CM5's and 80Hz for the CMC2. You can experiment with 60Hz for the CMC2 and see if you experience any of the boxiness I have.
Rear channel placement I prefer to be to the sides. Where exactly depends on their height. My stands place them right at ear level and I find them to be to distracting for the side listening positions if I place them in line with the seating. So I have them about 2 feet behind the listening position with a slight angle towards the listening area. Still gives a fantastic image without firing directly into someones ear. I have experimented with rear firing vs. side and with the rear channel height being so close to the towers I suspect it generates nulls in my room. The sound just doesn't seem as good.
I would go the amp route rather than integrated. I've been able to find deals on processors. Which it makes it economical to continue to use the amps and just swap out the preamp. Plus an amp usually has a beefier power supply. I would look at something in the 200Wpc range for CM10's. Though I wasn't expecting to, I did notice some extra detail switching the CMC2/CM9 over to the beefier Emotiva XPA-3 (the Rotel was 120w/ch).
thanks for the reply - I am thinking of placing my surrounds (cm5s) a bit behind listening position as you suggested becuase if they are right in line with the MLP one of them will be very close to a wall and/or very close to the right side listening spot and MLP and the other would be more than 3-4 feet from left side wall giving them different sound characteristics i imagine.
As far as the switch in amps - you went from rotel to emotiva (imagine the rotel was much pricier) and you got better detail? that is interesting as i would have expected the opposite. however with more power going to the cm10s I suppose that would make up for any "quality" advantage the rotel may have over the emotiva (i understand that may be none or insignificant anyhow).
Do you think a parasound halo a21 or a31 would be worth the jump in price from the xpa-2 or 3? I am going back and forth between 2 channel and a 3 channel given the size of the cmc2 and the fact that if i am powering the cm10s with a 2 channel amp i would most likely be in pure direct or some other stereo sound format when listening to music.
do you use the emotiva for all three fronts when listening to 2 channel? or are you mostly talking about a movie/surround playback experience?
i wouldnt pay 500 for a stand (anything over 100 sounds fairly ridiculous to me given the speakers are only costing me (brand new CM5) about 1000 dollars for the pair after tax and all that.
i dont think the sanus stands i have tried thus far cant support the cm5s though - they were wobbly when i put my polk t15s on them and those are only 7 or 8 pounds i think.
regardless those were two of hte smaller stands i tried - overall i think they just lack quality in build.
there is a random stand i can grab for the cmc2 that looks like it will fit well with perhaps some puddy as you recommended or other product to keep it in place that my guy has at MDC and he said he would give it to me for 90 bucks - think it was a return and retailed for like 150 or so. not sure of brand tho.
anyone know how much room the cmc2 should optimally have between the rear ports and and a wall/furniture/etc that would be behind it?