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Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-22-2014, 01:43 PM
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Posted By kbarnes701
Nothing wrong with amps like that at all. So...

Nothing wrong with amps like that at all. So long, obviously, as people don't think all those extra $$$ translate to 'better sound'. But the appearance and the build quality is something else.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-22-2014, 01:36 PM
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Calling it "useful" and then saying it's not as...

Calling it "useful" and then saying it's not as good as ARC is hardly glowing praise is it? ;)

Mind you, calling it 'useful' is a stretch IMO....

I do like Onkyos and looking at the photos made...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-22-2014, 01:31 PM
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Posted By kbarnes701
Yes, I learned this decades ago when amps were...

Yes, I learned this decades ago when amps were different to today's modern offerings, in that there were many that sounded execrable and you often had to pay really good money to get one that could...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-22-2014, 12:01 PM
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Posted By kbarnes701
I didn't even know that absolute scale was the...

I didn't even know that absolute scale was the default! I must have changed it on auto-pilot as I have never used anything but the relative scale (which may be the default on Onkyos - can’t...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-22-2014, 11:49 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
In a system calibrated for movie reference (85dB...

In a system calibrated for movie reference (85dB average, 105dB peak, 115dB peak LFE) reference volume on the AVR is 0dB on the Master Volume control. If you use Audyssey to calibrate, this is set...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-22-2014, 11:40 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
Yup. Always amazes me to see people agonising...

Yup. Always amazes me to see people agonising over whether to 'upgrade' to a 'more powerful' amp, and then you see they are using pretty sensitive speakers, say about 88dB/w/m, and listen at about...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-22-2014, 10:36 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
That could explain the problems you are having...

That could explain the problems you are having with dialog intelligibility. Unfortunately, short of adding treatments or using a different room there isn't a lot you can do. Room correction EQ alone...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-22-2014, 09:19 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzz :) Most people think...

ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzz :)

Most people think they are using hundreds of watts of amp power all the time, when the reality is that for the vast majority of the time they probably use 10 watts or...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-22-2014, 09:18 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
Don't let one bad sub experience put you off the...

Don't let one bad sub experience put you off the whole idea. IMO a good sub is essential in a system that is used for movies.




If you are having problems with dialog intelligibility then it...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-22-2014, 06:48 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
Not really. Movie bass is much more demanding...

Not really. Movie bass is much more demanding than music bass (unless you are a fan of pipe organ music or some of the synthesised extreme stuff). The LFE channel in movies plays at 115dB peak at...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-22-2014, 06:39 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
Yes I have Atmos in a 5.2.4 config. See the Atmos...

Yes I have Atmos in a 5.2.4 config. See the Atmos HT thread for more on that.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-22-2014, 06:35 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
Well if you are listening at Reference you would...

Well if you are listening at Reference you would be getting 85dB average and 105dB peaks, so at about -15dB that would be 70dB average and 90dB peaks. Which means you'd be using about 1 watt of...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-22-2014, 05:27 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
What is the rated sensitivity of the speakers,...

What is the rated sensitivity of the speakers, and what SPLs do you listen at usually? (What is your setting on the MV control usually?)
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-22-2014, 05:14 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
I agree that Markus deserves a salute and I am...

I agree that Markus deserves a salute and I am looking forward to his evaluation of this unit.

HST, AustinJerry has just spent three or four days perfecting his multiple (four) sub setup all off...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-21-2014, 02:27 PM
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Posted By kbarnes701
Then it isn't that which is causing the problem....

Then it isn't that which is causing the problem. I am out of ideas now though, sorry. At least, one possible cause has been eliminated.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-21-2014, 12:47 PM
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Posted By kbarnes701
What are your speaker and sub trims set to? If...

What are your speaker and sub trims set to? If they are set quite high then the max volume is limited in order to preserve headroom. For example, if you have a total trim boost of 15dB then your max...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-21-2014, 10:13 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
You answered your own question. If you are...

You answered your own question. If you are bass-managing the speaker, then all it needs is good performance down to just below the crossover you will use. So if you are using a 100Hz XO on those...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-21-2014, 09:39 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
I do and I am very happy with it. I chose it...

I do and I am very happy with it. I chose it because it is the only quality PJ that has a throw suitable for my small room, in order to get the biggest picture size possible. But I am delighted with...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-21-2014, 09:35 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
Do you mean as Side Surrounds? You can use the...

Do you mean as Side Surrounds? You can use the Pioneer speakers as side surrounds - but if you intend to do Atmos, you will ideally need something at the front too to give you a forward set of...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-21-2014, 09:26 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
No. If you switch off all tone controls and DSP,...

No. If you switch off all tone controls and DSP, they should sound identical, or so close as to be unable to reliably differentiate anyway. Modern SS electronics don't have a 'sound' of their own...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-21-2014, 09:20 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
The overheads don't handle anything like as much...

The overheads don't handle anything like as much content as the mains so they don't need to be huge, especially as I assume you have a bass-managed system and are crossing the lower frequency content...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-21-2014, 09:13 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
It's possible she may be a bit deaf of course,...

It's possible she may be a bit deaf of course, especially if she is older. Does she show any signs of hearing loss? Mine has good hearing and I worry that if he is exposed to -5dB for two hours at a...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-21-2014, 09:09 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
No worries :) Yes, agreed. The better...

No worries :)



Yes, agreed. The better the room to begin with, of course, the less XT32 has to do for the higher frequencies, but it will still act aggressively if needed - but way less so than...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-21-2014, 07:37 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
My dog does the same. He constantly twitches his...

My dog does the same. He constantly twitches his head and his ears and looks at where he thinks the sound is coming from. I normally don't let him into the HT because I think my listening levels are...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-21-2014, 07:13 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
Sorry, no wides here. Room can't accommodate them...

Sorry, no wides here. Room can't accommodate them at anywhere near the right positions unfortunately.
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