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Forum: Speakers   05-05-2017, 11:45 PM
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Posted By Robert Cook
My tongue was in my cheek, but only slightly. ...

My tongue was in my cheek, but only slightly. It's all based on what people here have said, usually with an air of authority. Well, do the front left & right speakers have to be the same or not?
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Forum: Speakers   05-05-2017, 11:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 289
Posted By Robert Cook
It seems a bit light on bass extension for a...

It seems a bit light on bass extension for a speaker of its size, but I've read mostly positive remarks.




Well, it certainly isn't short on drivers, that's for sure. ;) You're right,...
Forum: Speakers   05-05-2017, 06:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 109
Posted By Robert Cook
Three speakers do image a lot better than two for...

Three speakers do image a lot better than two for off-center viewers, and in the common case of virtually all of the dialogue being placed in the center channel, being reproduced by a single speaker...
Forum: Speakers   05-05-2017, 05:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 190
Posted By Robert Cook
Sounds good--just get the speakers as far to the...

Sounds good--just get the speakers as far to the sides as possible and above your heads by some amount. They don't need to be behind the viewers--directly to the sides is fine. Even under similar...
Forum: Speakers   05-05-2017, 01:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 109
Posted By Robert Cook
How close of a match was the center, really? Did...

How close of a match was the center, really? Did it use the same drivers, for example? For all I know, the smaller tower is at least as close of a match.




So I presume raising your TV...
Forum: Speakers   05-05-2017, 11:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 190
Posted By Robert Cook
Not to be nitpicky or pedantic, but in a 5.1...

Not to be nitpicky or pedantic, but in a 5.1 system the surrounds are really on the sides of the audience as opposed to being "rear" or "back" speakers, which would be the additional ones in a...
Forum: Speakers   05-05-2017, 09:18 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 830
Posted By Robert Cook
Yeah, there are more potential supply issues with...

Yeah, there are more potential supply issues with the components of their higher-end speakers, from what I've heard (and it stands to reason)--even the bonded, laminated bamboo cabinets, as you point...
Forum: Speakers   05-04-2017, 07:10 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 889
Posted By Robert Cook
If a center is small, then typically it was...

If a center is small, then typically it was designed to fit in a tight space with a preferred physical form factor for aesthetics rather than sound and dispersion. And if it is large, then it was...
Forum: Speakers   05-04-2017, 02:09 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 838
Posted By Robert Cook
Ever, or just in this case? For some reason, in...

Ever, or just in this case? For some reason, in my experience I often hear quite a lot of sound coming out of my surrounds, much of it being multi-channel movie scores. Granted, I watch a lot of...
Forum: Speakers   05-04-2017, 10:25 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 817
Posted By Robert Cook
Only the latest ones such as the TEBM46C20N-4B...

Only the latest ones such as the TEBM46C20N-4B (which still has a ragged upper treble), though--earlier ones that I know of aren't nearly as smooth, especially in the lower treble and/or midrange. ...
Forum: Speakers   01-22-2015, 09:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 259
Posted By Robert Cook
That's generally preferable, and the specs for...

That's generally preferable, and the specs for the DI 6.5LCR (http://www.definitivetech.com/products/di-6-5lcr) actually say "Vertical Only" anyway (makes sense because otherwise it would be wider...
Forum: Speakers   01-22-2015, 04:11 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,596
Posted By Robert Cook
Reviewers have said things like this about a lot...

Reviewers have said things like this about a lot of speakers. But do they ever give a negative review of a $900/pair speaker and tell people that they should buy the Pioneers instead because they...
Forum: Speakers   01-22-2015, 10:53 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,596
Posted By Robert Cook
This is true, and don't get me wrong, the...

This is true, and don't get me wrong, the Pioneers are exceptionally good speakers for the price (designer Andrew Jones did an amazing job considering how little he had to spend on manufacturing...
Forum: Speakers   01-22-2015, 08:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 97
Posted By Robert Cook
Yes, in my experience this works fine. If...

Yes, in my experience this works fine. If they're typical bookshelf speakers, then what I also like to do, whenever the speakers are mounted high and this is possible, is orient them horizontally...
Forum: Speakers   01-22-2015, 07:36 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,596
Posted By Robert Cook
No, although I wish I had that kind of a memory....

No, although I wish I had that kind of a memory. :) There probably aren't many people who have tried both in the same room, as is the case with the SUB-1200 versus the Bic F12. I just did a search...
Forum: Speakers   01-21-2015, 06:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 623
Posted By Robert Cook
The 200 compares perhaps surprisingly well for...

The 200 compares perhaps surprisingly well for its size. It has the exact same tweeter as the 170, which in turn is basically the same as the one in the 340; the latter looks quite different (when...
Forum: Speakers   01-21-2015, 12:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 360
Posted By Robert Cook
For these speakers 80 Hz would be my baseline...

For these speakers 80 Hz would be my baseline starting point. Placement within the room as a whole matters a lot with bass, and in my experience 80 Hz often sounds the best when the sub is placed...
Forum: Speakers   01-21-2015, 11:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 623
Posted By Robert Cook
Looks good to me (as long as you can still...

Looks good to me (as long as you can still position your surrounds well enough, given the wiring). :cool:




Since size doesn't matter in your case, you should use the CBM-170 SE for your...
Forum: Speakers   01-21-2015, 10:08 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,596
Posted By Robert Cook
I think that the bump to $149 came only within...

I think that the bump to $149 came only within the last couple of days, though. It was $129 for a while before that (this year).




If I may interject, I've seen other people say that. ...
Forum: Speakers   01-21-2015, 09:18 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,596
Posted By Robert Cook
That's the current price listed at the company...

That's the current price listed at the company website--they've bumped it up by $20 within the past day or two. It's not even available through Amazon right now for some reason (while the other...
Forum: Speakers   01-21-2015, 07:46 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,596
Posted By Robert Cook
In my opinion, these speakers are all clearly...

In my opinion, these speakers are all clearly outclassed by the ID options suggested above. Granted, the latter are barely affordable for the OP, but the question here is whether to go ahead and...
Forum: Speakers   01-20-2015, 09:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 386
Posted By Robert Cook
Correct. That's just the average,...

Correct.




That's just the average, but it's definitely NOT how parallel wiring and electrical impedance/resistance work. Think of it this way--parallel wiring provides more than one path for...
Forum: Speakers   01-20-2015, 09:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,552
Posted By Robert Cook
One advantage of the CMT-340 SE is that it has...

One advantage of the CMT-340 SE is that it has greater sensitivity, especially in comparison to the R56Ci center if that's what would be used, although either system should be sensitive enough. In...
Forum: Speakers   01-20-2015, 01:38 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,596
Posted By Robert Cook
For one thing, they were measured in half-space,...

For one thing, they were measured in half-space, as the specs indicate:
http://hsuresearch.com/products/hb-1.html

Specifying an anechoic sensitivity would be less confusing.
Forum: Speakers   01-20-2015, 11:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 177
Posted By Robert Cook
In my opinion the best speakers that I know of,...

In my opinion the best speakers that I know of, from personal experience, around this price point are the ones I'm currently using:
Ascend Acoustics CBM-170 SE...
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