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Forum: Speakers   01-30-2015, 12:58 PM
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Posted By dsrussell
Whoa there, DaveyMac. You have heard the KEF's,...

Whoa there, DaveyMac. You have heard the KEF's, right? KEF makes really good quality speakers and have for a long time, but if you haven't auditioned the ones you are buying, confirm their return...
Forum: Speakers   01-30-2015, 02:35 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,340
Posted By dsrussell
Uh, not quite the same thing, Ray ;). I use...

Uh, not quite the same thing, Ray ;).

I use to help install cabling on defense systems at U.S. Air Force bases -- as well as bases in Canada and other countries for radar installations (including...
Forum: Speakers   01-30-2015, 02:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 124
Posted By dsrussell
I thought I was shedding some light ;). The...

I thought I was shedding some light ;).

The problem with your sub is that it is part of an HTIB 5.1 system. These subs are almost universally poor. But since you have a sub, just worry about the...
Forum: Speakers   01-29-2015, 10:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 124
Posted By dsrussell
Question 1. If you plan on adding a subwoofer...

Question 1. If you plan on adding a subwoofer (and I highly suggest you do when you have your own home), then bookshelf speakers are what you should be looking at. There are even bookshelf speakers...
Forum: Speakers   01-29-2015, 10:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 122
Posted By dsrussell
Personally, I'd spend the majority of my dollars...

Personally, I'd spend the majority of my dollars on the speakers, not the AVR. Your front stage speakers are your most important investment. Then comes the subwoofer, then comes the AVR. After...
Forum: Speakers   01-29-2015, 10:15 PM
Replies: 4,436
Views: 188,891
Posted By dsrussell
Interesting, Elihawk. When I tested the R5Bi's,...

Interesting, Elihawk. When I tested the R5Bi's, I really had no intention of actually keeping them. I was simply curious because of a review from a reviewer I highly respect. I had every intention...
Forum: Speakers   01-29-2015, 10:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 162
Posted By dsrussell
As has been mentioned, the Denon X2100w has...

As has been mentioned, the Denon X2100w has plenty of power to drive most speakers, especially your Polks. If Polks specs are close to correct, it has an 8 Ohm average impedance and a sensitivity...
Forum: Speakers   01-29-2015, 05:50 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 313
Posted By dsrussell
Any audition is useful, even if it is to cross a...

Any audition is useful, even if it is to cross a speaker off your list. While audio stores may or may not be ideal acoustic-wise, one can still get a decent impression about a speaker. And if...
Forum: Subwoofers, Bass, and Transducers   01-29-2015, 05:35 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 571
Posted By dsrussell
No need. No one is trying to convince you of...

No need. No one is trying to convince you of anything. You had a bad experience (could have been a positioning problem, but might have been something else) and that is what you are basing the...
Forum: Speakers   01-29-2015, 05:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 153
Posted By dsrussell
You are going about it the correct way. Looking...

You are going about it the correct way. Looking for a good 2.1 system and then expanding when you are in your home and/or when your budget will allow it.

Tom's recommendations are very good ones,...
Forum: Subwoofers, Bass, and Transducers   01-29-2015, 03:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 188
Posted By dsrussell
To add to Kurtz fine post, you should also...

To add to Kurtz fine post, you should also consider the Hsu VTF-3 Mk5 HP: http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/vtf-3mk5HP.html The more I read about this sub, the more impressed I get. While the...
Forum: Speakers   01-29-2015, 03:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 36
Posted By dsrussell
Where is the center channel crossed over? ...

Where is the center channel crossed over? Perhaps adding more volume via the AVR to the center channel may help. Perhaps changing the distance via the AVR may help. Anyway, play around with your...
Forum: Speakers   01-29-2015, 02:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 199
Posted By dsrussell
Actually, Kini, Roger Russell dispels a lot of...

Actually, Kini, Roger Russell dispels a lot of cabling myths. It's a great read. He taught me long ago to laugh at ridiculously priced cabling.
Forum: Subwoofers, Bass, and Transducers   01-29-2015, 02:26 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 571
Posted By dsrussell
I agree with your assessment. Nicely stated,...

I agree with your assessment. Nicely stated, btw. However, I know of no more crucial criteria than sub location and room(s) volume. Therefore "I" cannot make a recommendation :). The first...
Forum: Speakers   01-29-2015, 02:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 241
Posted By dsrussell
I fully agree with smcmillan. When testing any...

I fully agree with smcmillan. When testing any speaker, test them by themselves and not with a subwoofer. You need to know how these speakers perform by themselves and find out their strengths and...
Forum: Subwoofers, Bass, and Transducers   01-29-2015, 01:42 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 439
Posted By dsrussell
Actually, kiger, a near-field placement behind...

Actually, kiger, a near-field placement behind the couch may be a good solution. So tell your wife you will try your very best to put a sub there. You'd just have to do the subwoofer crawl to see...
Forum: Subwoofers, Bass, and Transducers   01-29-2015, 12:30 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 439
Posted By dsrussell
You do have a lot of restrictions, so let's go...

You do have a lot of restrictions, so let's go over them.

1. $600. You have an extreme room size (over 5,000 cu. ft.). I don't know any sub that could adequately fill that space for that money,...
Forum: Subwoofers, Bass, and Transducers   01-29-2015, 03:39 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 571
Posted By dsrussell
Since room volume is crucial in determining the...

Since room volume is crucial in determining the size and type of subwoofer that would be needed, I cannot help you. I do wish you well on your search.
Forum: Subwoofers, Bass, and Transducers   01-29-2015, 03:10 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 571
Posted By dsrussell
In order to recommend a subwoofer, I'd need to...

In order to recommend a subwoofer, I'd need to know the size of your room (volume) and if it is open to other rooms. If so, what are those room volumes? It would also be nice if I knew what you are...
Forum: Speakers   01-29-2015, 03:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 70
Posted By dsrussell
It's great to see someone troubleshoot their...

It's great to see someone troubleshoot their problem and find a fix. Congratulations. Hope you continue to enjoy your Polks.
Forum: Speakers   01-29-2015, 02:54 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 595
Posted By dsrussell
The more I look at the VTF-3 Mk5 HP the more I...

The more I look at the VTF-3 Mk5 HP the more I like it. The VTF-15H Mk2 is Hsu's flagship subwoofer at a great price. Yet, the VTF-3 Mk5 is virtually identical in Hsu 2-meter test spec from 25 Hz...
Forum: Speakers   01-28-2015, 10:04 PM
Replies: 4,436
Views: 188,891
Posted By dsrussell
I've owned the 901s and would never attempt a...

I've owned the 901s and would never attempt a surround application. It might be that the best chance at surround sound would be a 4.1 system. Since the 901s give you a whole wall of sound, adding...
Forum: Speakers   01-28-2015, 06:21 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 313
Posted By dsrussell
You can read specs, read reviews, and read about...

You can read specs, read reviews, and read about people's preferences until you are blue in the face. What you really NEED to do is go out and audition speakers. Until you do that, it's all guess...
Forum: Speakers   01-28-2015, 06:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 329
Posted By dsrussell
Congratulations on your choice! I know it is...

Congratulations on your choice! I know it is never an easy choice to make, since both give high quality sound. I hope the R55Ti is everything you're looking for.
Forum: Subwoofers, Bass, and Transducers   01-28-2015, 02:29 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 700
Posted By dsrussell
As fatbottom said, and I fully agree, go with one...

As fatbottom said, and I fully agree, go with one sub first. It could very well be that you'd be happy with one sub and that will save you a lot of money. You must find the best spot in the room...
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