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View Poll Results: What Is Your Main Speaker Configuration?
Soundbar 4 0.27%
Soundbar w/subwoofer 19 1.29%
2.0 31 2.11%
2.1 32 2.18%
3.1 47 3.20%
4.1 20 1.36%
5.1 618 42.07%
6.1 31 2.11%
7.1 524 35.67%
9.1 77 5.24%
11.1 26 1.77%
More than 11.1 40 2.72%
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post #181 of 259 Old 05-06-2014, 12:02 PM
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I have 7.1 with an AVR as a pre pro running the surround backs and a 5 channel Outlaw 7500 running the main 5. Also an SVS PB13 Ultra. More than enough in a 1700 sq ft room.

Retro, I am using Klipsch Reference and in my room I use RS 42s and they work fantastic. On the surrounds, depending on your room the RS-52s will be fine. The RS-62s would be needed if your room is extra big. I don't really feel height speakers are necessary with a proper set up but if you have RF 82s as mains then I would go for the RB61s as height speakers otherwise your big towers may be drowning them out. Your RC-62 is a great compliment for the center. Only if you are sitting far back would you need the 64.

Thanks for post, so what kind of Reference speakers arou you using? Wow for 1700 sq ft room is pretty big so I will be fine with RS-52II for sure then. I'm running now Pc12-Plus but I have for add test at home now secound Plus and also single Ultra so I need to figure out what to keep and do some measuring REW and Umik-1. I got it yesterday so it will be little chalenge for me biggrin.gif.

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Hello,

The RS 52II's come with the RF 82II speaker package, so they are by default the surrounds to have. As for the Front Heights I wanted the equal to RS 52II"s and the RB 51's were that. The benefits are a more 3D effect to the front sound stage and adds to the over all ambiance around the screen.

The RS 62II's match better with the R7's with a RC 64II. The RB 81"s would work as surrounds, but I like the bi-directional of the RS over the RB's.

Thanks for your post. Yes I like RS also more over RB so I will get pair RS-52II's

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What's up with all the "phantom" centers? To me that is possibly the single most important speaker in the entire system. Without the center it's just glorified stereo.

I would say the center is the most important channel in the system, but there's more that one valid way to reproduce it.

Two truly great speakers, with sufficient power, with a single listener in the sweet spot, have the potential to generate perfect reproduction of the center channel -- whereas a separate speaker may not, unless all three front speakers are identical and identically installed.

If you can rig a way to feed a mono source to your L+R speakers, and then switch instantaneously to your center speaker (after level-matching), it can be instructive. Listening to the signal via the mains, you're hearing the timbre of the sound as your mains reproduce it. Does switching to the center speaker sound exactly the same? If not, then you've demonstrated that the phantom center actually offers a better timbre-match than the center speaker does.

Phantom center is not a universal solution of course. It can work well for single viewers in small rooms, though.

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Whilst I am still in my condo, I will remain with my 2.0 bookshelf stereo setup, or sometimes I just use the speakers built into the TV. At some point this year or maybe next year, I plan to buy a detached dwelling at which point I will upgrade to 5.1 surround sound. Can't wait to be honest.
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I agree that two stereo speakers can sound like there is sound coming from between them. I'll admit that I've actually had to stand up and put my ear near the center to make sure there was nothing coming out of it. I find the center to be most noticeable during certain panning sequences, for instance when a character walks across the screen and the sound follows.

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Looks like I am the odd one out here.

 

I don't use a subwoofer, so none of the options apply in the strictest sense (AVR sets fronts to big). I always have the fronts on (LCR) and in a day or two the surrounds will be back up and running after waiting for new cable.

 

So a 5.0 for me. But voted 5.1.


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Looks like I am the odd one out here.

I don't use a subwoofer, so none of the options apply in the strictest sense (AVR sets fronts to big). I always have the fronts on (LCR) and in a day or two the surrounds will be back up and running after waiting for new cable.

So a 5.0 for me. But voted 5.1.

Unless you have a fairly linear frequency response down to 20hz at your listening volume, you are missing out... Even for stereo music. It's worth the effort/cost. Even my B&W 802D cant come close to pressurizing my 5000cuft room with linear in-room bass response...

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Unless you have a fairly linear frequency response down to 20hz at your listening volume, you are missing out... Even for stereo music. It's worth the effort/cost. Even my B&W 802D cant come close to pressurizing my 5000cuft room with linear in-room bass response...

I lived without for quit awhile,l I got a sub last year.  It worked fine without but on many LFEs I had to turn things down.  I've lived with and without a sub for many years.  A sub is fun I've built a number myself but got one already built this time.

 

My mains go down to 38Hz -3db with good extension below that.  The benefit I found with a sub is for LFEs on movies and a vary few music tracks I have that have similar FX, I went with a sub that is flat to 20Hz since my mains went pretty low already, couldn't see getting a sub that only went to 28Hz, it didn't seem very sub-(terranean, audible, FX like).

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Unless you have a fairly linear frequency response down to 20hz at your listening volume, you are missing out... Even for stereo music. It's worth the effort/cost. Even my B&W 802D cant come close to pressurizing my 5000cuft room with linear in-room bass response...

Hi blazar and dnoonie, thanks for your comments. I initially researched stereo speakers with a view to upgrade to a full 5 speaker surround at a later date. I bought the MA BX2's and AVR and then found a very cheap centre to match in great condition. The same can be said of the rears, although they are from the previous MA Bronze line to my fronts. I did not plan on getting a sub as i thought the noise would be too much for the house size/ not worth the cost, plus those things  can be pretty big.

 

Can't say i fully understand your comments but the bass on my fronts is very good and for the moment i can't justify getting a decent sub, but by all means change my mind!

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I lived without for quit awhile,l I got a sub last year.  It worked fine without but on many LFEs I had to turn things down.  I've lived with and without a sub for many years.  A sub is fun I've built a number myself but got one already built this time.

 

My mains go down to 38Hz -3db with good extension below that.  The benefit I found with a sub is for LFEs on movies and a vary few music tracks I have that have similar FX, I went with a sub that is flat to 20Hz since my mains went pretty low already, couldn't see getting a sub that only went to 28Hz, it didn't seem very sub-(terranean, audible, FX like).


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I used to have a 5.1 system but have since upgraded to a 7.1 system. Hopefully when money situation gets better I can start thinking about a new receiver with hdmi 2.0 and 4k pass through. But for now am totally enjoying what I have!



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Install a shelf on the wall; place the speaker on the shelf. The speaker weighs 68 pounds; make it a really strong shelf.

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That won't work as the tweeter needs to be inverted.

 

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Wish the poll hadn't put ".1" in the choices, since it seems to have been taken literally by a couple of people, and simply listed speaker counts (2, 5, 7, etc).
 

Perhaps I shouldn't have included the ".1" in these options and just stuck with main channels. But as I said in the OP, "Many sophisticated systems include more than one subwoofer (the ".1" in all these designations), but there is little content with more than one subwoofer channel...Some systems include more than one subwoofer, in which case, select the option that reflects the number of main speakers in your system."

 

From the comments here, it's clear that many people have more than one sub, but for the most part, all subs in a given system reproduce the same sound, so in terms of audio channels, they are still ".1" systems. If I'm not mistaken, there are a few sophisticated pre/pros that can bass-manage the front left and right independently, in which case there are two distinct sub channels. I don't know of any pre/pros that can bass-manage more than the front left and right channels. In any case, I think such products are rare, so I deemed it unnecessary to include these configurations in what was already a long list of choices.


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Triad CinemaPlus Platinum (LCR channels)

Triad Gold LCR (Surround side and back channels)

Emotiva XPR-1 Monoblocks (Amplification)

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Perhaps I shouldn't have included the ".1" in these options and just stuck with main channels. But as I said in the OP, "Many sophisticated systems include more than one subwoofer (the ".1" in all these designations), but there is little content with more than one subwoofer channel...Some systems include more than one subwoofer, in which case, select the option that reflects the number of main speakers in your system."

 

From the comments here, it's clear that many people have more than one sub, but for the most part, all subs in a given system reproduce the same sound, so in terms of audio channels, they are still ".1" systems. If I'm not mistaken, there are a few sophisticated pre/pros that can bass-manage the front left and right independently, in which case there are two distinct sub channels. I don't know of any pre/pros that can bass-manage more than the front left and right channels. In any case, I think such products are rare, so I deemed it unnecessary to include these configurations in what was already a long list of choices.

Scott, I think you were absolutely right to put ".1" in the options instead of relegating the poll to speaker-counts only.  Whether a person has one subwoofer, or four, they are still being fed by a single encoded LFE channel (the .1).

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Voted 7.1 but setup is actually 7.2 although the two subs aren't really getting anything different to each channel.  All Ariel Accoustics except rear which are Linn and Velodyne sub.  It can really shake the house!  Everything is bi-wired except subs.

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Why are people posting lists of gear they have. The question sin't what specific stuff you use, but it's configuration.
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Read the last paragraph "I hope you'll leave a comment describing your speaker system, including brand, models, and placement."
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Read the last paragraph "I hope you'll leave a comment describing your speaker system, including brand, models, and placement."


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