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Forum: Speakers   12-17-2014, 12:26 PM
Replies: 15
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Posted By dsrussell
Wow, that's a lot of audio equipment for that...

Wow, that's a lot of audio equipment for that price. Should make you feel you robbed them :cool:. Congratulations! The Outlaw is a great sub and I know the R5Bi's are great speakers. Enjoy.
Forum: Speakers   12-16-2014, 09:36 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 395
Posted By dsrussell
You're welcome, spike. And do indeed audition...

You're welcome, spike. And do indeed audition them, along with some conventional speakers. And have fun. I really enjoyed my time when I was auditioning speakers and subwoofers.
Forum: Speakers   12-16-2014, 09:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 395
Posted By dsrussell
I already mentioned why I believe that panel...

I already mentioned why I believe that panel speakers may not be the best speakers to own for a dedicated home theater environment, or average home surround use. But I'll go into a bit more detail. ...
Forum: Speakers   12-16-2014, 05:35 PM
Replies: 4,113
Views: 178,614
Posted By dsrussell
^ LOL! I've got one of those comfortable chairs...

^ LOL! I've got one of those comfortable chairs that sit way off axis as well :(. So I just move to the couch and use the chair for reading.

Yep, by all means check out how the Energy speakers...
Forum: Speakers   12-16-2014, 05:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 66
Posted By dsrussell
Find out where you can audition these speakers. ...

Find out where you can audition these speakers. Either that or order them both and test them in your home (find out about their return shipping policy -- bookshelf speakers aren't expensive to ship...
Forum: Speakers   12-16-2014, 05:06 PM
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Views: 178,614
Posted By dsrussell
tcm3: Well … your chair position sucks ;). Let...

tcm3: Well … your chair position sucks ;). Let people you don't like sit there :D. Your couch position looks really good. Before investing in the R55Wi's, I'd move the R5Bi's to the rear wall and...
Forum: Speakers   12-16-2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 652
Posted By dsrussell
Personally, I would never consider in-wall...

Personally, I would never consider in-wall anything. Far too limiting even with a normal room setup.

The R5Bi's are far better than their price would ever indicate (yep, I own them), however they...
Forum: Speakers   12-16-2014, 04:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 37
Posted By dsrussell
I "think" bipoles are popular for people with...

I "think" bipoles are popular for people with large or widely spaced seating areas, where they would be out of the cone of influence (off-axis) from bookshelf speakers. Dipoles are sometimes popular...
Forum: Speakers   12-16-2014, 04:06 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 395
Posted By dsrussell
There is no doubt that the Summits were easily...

There is no doubt that the Summits were easily superior to the Vantage, so I have no doubt that the Montis is superior to the Ethos / Theos. A larger panel makes things more coherent, with a larger...
Forum: Speakers   12-16-2014, 03:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 109
Posted By dsrussell
Between the cost of the AVR and speakers, I am...

Between the cost of the AVR and speakers, I am assuming you are at $1,000, or thereabout. Because of a limited budget, I'd start off with a 3.1 system and get your surrounds when more funds are...
Forum: Speakers   12-16-2014, 02:50 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 395
Posted By dsrussell
Like nalthien, I'm a big panel fan as well. I...

Like nalthien, I'm a big panel fan as well. I remember auditioning Martin Logan full panel speakers decades ago and knew one day that's what I'd own (turns out, not quite). I have auditioned the...
Forum: Speakers   12-15-2014, 11:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 273
Posted By dsrussell
I can't speak for the towers, but the bookshelf...

I can't speak for the towers, but the bookshelf speakers have very precise bass. Nothing blubbery, nothing boomy, nothing is distorting or weak. It's just not deep. And you're right, both the...
Forum: Speakers   12-15-2014, 09:34 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 652
Posted By dsrussell
^ It's a bear of a room, Ray, that's for sure :)....

^ It's a bear of a room, Ray, that's for sure :). If you look at the photo, any bookshelf speaker on stands (right speaker) is going to stick way out and interfere with viewing (the left speaker...
Forum: Speakers   12-15-2014, 07:33 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 652
Posted By dsrussell
From the drawings, not nearly as far as you need....

From the drawings, not nearly as far as you need. Adding a center channel helps (for dialog as well), but the sweet spot of the phantom center (without a center channel) may be only 4 or 5 feet wide...
Forum: Speakers   12-15-2014, 05:43 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 652
Posted By dsrussell
Sound for any TV is TV-centric. And your layout...

Sound for any TV is TV-centric. And your layout as it is now is already giving up on music and movies. You only have one seat (a chair) that is suitable for music and movies. You need a believable...
Forum: Subwoofers, Bass, and Transducers   12-15-2014, 03:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 239
Posted By dsrussell
Congratulations :). Let everyone know how you...

Congratulations :). Let everyone know how you like it!
Forum: Speakers   12-15-2014, 03:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 290
Posted By dsrussell
There is very little audible sound differences...

There is very little audible sound differences between well designed amplifiers, receivers and AVRs when used within their specification limits. An AVR will have an advantage for future additions...
Forum: Subwoofers, Bass, and Transducers   12-15-2014, 02:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 125
Posted By dsrussell
I think the Gjallarhorn is the least of your...

I think the Gjallarhorn is the least of your worries (or should I say the owner of the house). Cracks mean water penetration, which can destroy a home quickly. It also depends upon where the cracks...
Forum: Speakers   12-15-2014, 02:03 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 652
Posted By dsrussell
Ouch! You have some problems indeed. Have you...

Ouch! You have some problems indeed. Have you ever thought about placing your TV in front of the windows and closing the blinds? Sounds odd, I know, but I don't see how you can get decent sound...
Forum: Speakers   12-15-2014, 01:39 PM
Replies: 4,113
Views: 178,614
Posted By dsrussell
We all like different capabilities in the...

We all like different capabilities in the speakers we choose. It could very well be you prefer (or are use to) a speaker that is a bit more forward, and one that may have a hotter top end or...
Forum: Speakers   12-15-2014, 12:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 290
Posted By dsrussell
It's never wise to order a speaker in the blind. ...

It's never wise to order a speaker in the blind. Check with EMP Tek (or any manufacturer) on their return policy before buying. A speaker I may love you may not. A speaker that sounds bad in my...
Forum: Speakers   12-15-2014, 12:31 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 273
Posted By dsrussell
There are bookshelf speakers that can achieve...

There are bookshelf speakers that can achieve references levels. It depends upon speaker design, sensitivity, impedance and the power from your amplifier. Outdoor applications are completely...
Forum: Speakers   12-15-2014, 12:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 115
Posted By dsrussell
^ Sure. The following would be around your price...

^ Sure. The following would be around your price range or lower. Take a look at other models within each company as well.

Ascend Acoustics (CMT-340's): ...
Forum: Speakers   12-14-2014, 11:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 115
Posted By dsrussell
There are some pretty good active speakers out in...

There are some pretty good active speakers out in the wild. Emotiva has a few within your price range (the Airmotiv & Stealth). Don't know much about the Yamaha, but their specs look pretty good. ...
Forum: Speakers   12-14-2014, 11:16 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 273
Posted By dsrussell
You're most welcome. There are a lot of really...

You're most welcome. There are a lot of really nice speakers for $500 - $600 / pair, and Ascend is one of them. SabreWuLf mention the Hsu HB-1 Mk2 and I concur. I've auditioned these and liked...
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