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post #121 of 279
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Perhaps put a center on a shelf attached to the wall behind the TV?

Yeah, that could work. The edge of the TV is about 3 feet from the back wall, so it would have to be a pretty deep shelf.

Thanks for your input guys.
post #122 of 279
I guess those speakers aren't for you :/ I can take em off your hands
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Yeah, that could work. The edge of the TV is about 3 feet from the back wall, so it would have to be a pretty deep shelf.

Thanks for your input guys.

Happy 1000th post!
post #124 of 279
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Happy 1000th post!

LOL...what did I win?
post #125 of 279
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LOL...what did I win?

Admission into the admirals club at any participating theater
post #126 of 279
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Yeah, that could work. The edge of the TV is about 3 feet from the back wall, so it would have to be a pretty deep shelf.

Thanks for your input guys.

True, but it could work. One thing to consider, of course, is that if your receiver has Audyssey or any other remotely decent room EQ/correction built in, if the center channel is a foot or two farther back than the L/R main speakers, it really won't matter at all because it'll adjust the timing to account for the micro-seconds of difference. In that case, the shelf wouldn't have to be any deeper than needed to fit the center itself.
post #127 of 279
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Just a small update.

I moved my old Polk RM50t mains to surround duty. They are actually not bad at all as surrounds. The tower itself seems to put the tweeter at the perfect height.

post #128 of 279
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Just a small update.

I moved my old Polk RM50t mains to surround duty. They are actually not bad at all as surrounds. The tower itself seems to put the tweeter at the perfect height.

Good stuff!
post #129 of 279
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Not really a HT update but some of you other tech geeks may appreciate this.

I picked up this Nest Learning Thermostat. www.nest.com

Lowe's just started carrying them and it was a total impulse buy.

It's actually an awesome little gadget as it allows you to control your ac/heat remotely through either your iPhone or over the web. There are a ton of other features it has to help manage energy. Pretty neat...

post #130 of 279
I also have the nest for the past few months. Great product.
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post #131 of 279
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I also have the nest for the past few months. Great product.

Right on. Cool little gadget.
post #132 of 279
Dude....You have got to take that mounting plate off and just mount the cylinder. IMO it looks waaaaay better.
post #133 of 279
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Dude....You have got to take that mounting plate off and just mount the cylinder. IMO it looks waaaaay better.

Yeah, I know. The old thermostat left a bunch of gnarly holes that I need to patch and paint over first. Just got lazy...lol
post #134 of 279
Jealous. I've been lusting after a Nest since they were first announced. Funky AC system in my house mean pro install, which has delayed implementation, however. Someday, though!
post #135 of 279
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Jealous. I've been lusting after a Nest since they were first announced. Funky AC system in my house mean pro install, which has delayed implementation, however. Someday, though!

That sucks. Install was super easy. Didn't even need a common wire or "c" wire which I was worried about because I don't have it...
post #136 of 279
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I am looking for a little advice on amps for the 2.1 system. I am tired of the fans on the Crown XLS402. Also, I am curious if I am sacrificing sound quality with the current amp.

I am looking to spend less then $2K. I have narrowed it down to the Emotiva XPA-2 and the Parasound A21. I really want to get something quality and that will keep me satisfied for a while. I figure that it would make sense to get a quality amp that can grow with me as I get better and better speakers down the line.

I like the pricing on the XPA-2 but the Parasound A21 looks very appealing due to the fact that it looks like a very high quality piece that was designed extremely well. I just don't know if it's worth the price increase over the XPA2.

http://www.parasound.com/halo/a21.php

http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/xpa2

Can someone chime in who has experience with both amps? Is there anything in my price range that I should consider as well?
post #137 of 279
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Originally Posted by drewTT View Post

I am looking for a little advice on amps for the 2.1 system. I am tired of the fans on the Crown XLS402. Also, I am curious if I am sacrificing sound quality with the current amp.
I am looking to spend less then $2K. I have narrowed it down to the Emotiva XPA-2 and the Parasound A21. I really want to get something quality and that will keep me satisfied for a while. I figure that it would make sense to get a quality amp that can grow with me as I get better and better speakers down the line.
I like the pricing on the XPA-2 but the Parasound A21 looks very appealing due to the fact that it looks like a very high quality piece that was designed extremely well. I just don't know if it's worth the price increase over the XPA2.
http://www.parasound.com/halo/a21.php
http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/xpa2
Can someone chime in who has experience with both amps? Is there anything in my price range that I should consider as well?

While I cant speak for the Emotiva XPA-2, I can tell you the Halo 21 is one of the two amps in the Halo line designed by John Curl, the other being the JC1 mono blocks. If your looking to drive the Boston E60's I say A21 and don't look back, I have the A21 driving my E100's to a satisfaction I can hardly put into words, simply world class sound!
post #138 of 279
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While I cant speak for the Emotiva XPA-2, I can tell you the Halo 21 is one of the two amps in the Halo line designed by John Curl, the other being the JC1 mono blocks. If your looking to drive the Boston E60's I say A21 and don't look back, I have the A21 driving my E100's to a satisfaction I can hardly put into words, simply world class sound!

Hey. Yeah, it would be for the E60s. Seems like a bit overkill to go with the A21 but like you said, it was designed by John Curl and supposedly has excellent sound quality.

Am I nuts for looking to spend that kind of money on an amp for essentially a PC system? biggrin.gif
post #139 of 279
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Hey. Yeah, it would be for the E60s. Seems like a bit overkill to go with the A21 but like you said, it was designed by John Curl and supposedly has excellent sound quality.
Am I nuts for looking to spend that kind of money on an amp for essentially a PC system? biggrin.gif

Hmm! that's a good question indeed but good sound is good sound and this also improves your options for such a setup, check out Audio Advisor I just received there summer catalog with some great prices on Myryad amps!
post #140 of 279
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Hmm! that's a good question indeed but good sound is good sound and this also improves your options for such a setup, check out Audio Advisor I just received there summer catalog with some great prices on Myryad amps!

Never heard of Myryad. Will give that a look.

There is also the smaller Parasound A23. It's got half the power of the A21 but for the sake of my hearing it may just be the better choice due to the fact that it is a PC setup in a small room. The A21 is about the same price as the XPA-2. However, I am wondering if I may ever need the extra headroom of the XPA-2 over the A23? Does the A23 still have the same sound quality as the bigger A21?
post #141 of 279
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Never heard of Myryad. Will give that a look.
There is also the smaller Parasound A23. It's got half the power of the A21 but for the sake of my hearing it may just be the better choice due to the fact that it is a PC setup in a small room. The A21 is about the same price as the XPA-2. However, I am wondering if I may ever need the extra headroom of the XPA-2 over the A23? Does the A23 still have the same sound quality as the bigger A21?

Not sure if the they sound the same, but its in many 2 ch setups, more research is definitely required, should be fun!
post #142 of 279
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Ok, here is the new plan for the music rig.

1. Sell Crown amp and purchase Parasound A23.

2. Move Boston E60s over to bedroom and purchase Paradigm S1s.

3. Move Velodyne SPL1200 over to bedroom and purchase the JL Audio E-112 when it becomes available. (This one is really just wishful thinking at this point)

Can anyone comment on the pairing of the Parasound with the Paradigm S1s?
post #143 of 279
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Got the A23 today. Love the looks and hoping it sounds even better.






Edited by drewTT - 7/20/12 at 6:15pm
post #144 of 279
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Wow, ran through a few FLAC files of Clapton Unplugged and it sounds absolutely ridiculous! I am in love with the Boston E60 monitors all over again. This may have even cured my speaker upgrade itch for a little bit. lol

The difference from the Crown pro amp is so obvious it's not even funny. Even my friend noticed it right away. I know that a lot of people say that amps sound essentially the same but now I have heard it for myself and they DO NOT!

Good stuff!!!
post #145 of 279
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Wow, ran through a few FLAC files of Clapton Unplugged and it sounds absolutely ridiculous! I am in love with the Boston E60 monitors all over again. This may have even cured my speaker upgrade itch for a little bit. lol
The difference from the Crown pro amp is so obvious it's not even funny. Even my friend noticed it right away. I know that a lot of people say that amps sound essentially the same but now I have heard it for myself and they DO NOT!
Good stuff!!!

Congrats! on the Halo A23! the magic with Bostons E series are a music lovers dream.

Enjoy
post #146 of 279
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Congrats! on the Halo A23! the magic with Bostons E series are a music lovers dream.
Enjoy

Thanks man. I thought it sounded good before but now it's really a different experience. I listened for about three hours straight today, lol. Just got completely sucked into the music.
post #147 of 279
Parasound A23! Nice!!! That's a great amp....congrats on this superb purchase.
post #148 of 279
I agree with Brolic, the Halo A23 is a great amp, I just replaced my pair of A23 for a NuForce 5 channel amp a couple of weeks ago when moving to my new appartement, but got to say I just lovd those amps.
post #149 of 279
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Thanks guys. The amp has indeed been one of the best purchases so far and I have a feeling will remain with me for a while.
post #150 of 279
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I will be trying out some AudioQuest Rocket 33 bi-wire speaker cables for the desktop. I am not expecting much at all in terms of sound quality difference but they should look killer.
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