Originally Posted by Paul Scarpelli
You could replace them with Bronze Sats, but that would not be a big priority for an effects speaker.
What exactly do you mean by this? I take this as I won't be getting a big benefit from going from M1 to Bronze Sat?
Due to your proximity to your rear surrounds, dipoles might work better. They certainly won't hotspot nearly as much as direct-radiating speakers. You can still use rear surrounds, depending upon where your seating is, and they should be placed relatively close together.
To clarify, the sofa is directly in line with the rear surrounds but there is still several feet (3-4ish) between the edges of the sofa and the speakers.
Can you comment on using these alone as "rear" surrounds with 7 speakers as fronts in a 9.x system, all running in Audyssey DSX?
The value leader in the Triad sub line is the Silver OmniSub at $950. That buys you a high-sensitivity 12" driver in a dead enclosure and a real 500 watt BASH amplifier. (RMS, not peak or downhill with a tailwind.
) The sub has excellent extension and high output.
How does the OmniSub compare to my Emotiva Ultra 12 and what are the benefits of moving up to the regular Silver Sub?
The ability to drive a 4 ohm load is more important than the number of "watts." At least make sure anything you buy is comfortable driving a 6 ohm load. And remember (for example) going up from 60 watts to 90 watts yields a 1.5 dB increase in measured output, which is negligible. Something that can deliver 100 watts per channel (all channels driven into 6 ohms) will hit with more authority, though.
I'm a newbie to interpreting receiver specifications, but "something that can deliver 100 watts per channel (all channels driven into 6 ohms...)" would be listed at around 70 watts per channel driven into 8 ohms? The TX-NR1009 is rated at 135 watts per channel, driven into 8 ohms per channel.
As far as I know...
...there is a central power source that, only when divided equally among all channels, averages to be about 135 watts per channel, but isn't limited to that.
...a 4 ohm speaker will draw about double the power, or a 6 ohm draws about 1.5x as much.
...I want to give each speaker as much power as it can take.
Paul, thanks for all of the input. I regard you as THE source for reliable Triad information.