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post #31 of 170
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Originally Posted by pcweber111 View Post

Now those are manly speakers lol. Have you had a chance to break them in somewhat and test them out? If so give us an update on how they sound. Lookin' good.

They are very manly. Still in break in period but so far so good. Happy I made the upgrade. Thanks for the compliment.
post #32 of 170
I really like your system, since it's almost identical to mine. Only difference is I have a Onkyo 805 receiver. I just purchased the set of Mirage OMD15, OMDC1, & OMD5 (nice speakers). I'm really looking into getting the Emotiva XPA-3 that you have, since the sale is still going.

Has the amp made a big improvement over your Yamaha?

I want to be sure I will tell a difference over my Onkyo before ordering the Emotiva.

Any assistance you have is appreciated!
post #33 of 170
Hey Spur,

Lookin good! I would recommend you pull the center to the front of your cabinet and keep it on the same plane as the left and rights. Try it and see if that helps...

Cheers!

Mike
post #34 of 170
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Originally Posted by D-Xtreme View Post

I really like your system, since it's almost identical to mine. Only difference is I have a Onkyo 805 receiver. I just purchased the set of Mirage OMD15, OMDC1, & OMD5 (nice speakers). I'm really looking into getting the Emotiva XPA-3 that you have, since the sale is still going.

Has the amp made a big improvement over your Yamaha?

I want to be sure I will tell a difference over my Onkyo before ordering the Emotiva.

Any assistance you have is appreciated!

Yes the amp is an improvement. Do it if you can. Sale ends 7/18 so get it now! If you can do it go with the XPA-5, wish I would have. I have a UPA-2 on backorder when they start shipping again.
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Originally Posted by KahunaCanuck View Post

Hey Spur,

Lookin good! I would recommend you pull the center to the front of your cabinet and keep it on the same plane as the left and rights. Try it and see if that helps...

Cheers!

Mike

Thanks. Not sure if pic was taken with speaker where it is now I didn't look, but the center is pulled out and even with the L/R now. Your system is amazing by the way.
post #35 of 170
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New look. What do you think?
post #36 of 170
Much better looking. Well worth the effort.

You deserve one of theses.
post #37 of 170
The new entertainment center looks much better than the other one you have.

Glad you are enjoying your XPA-3. I am thinking about picking one up in the future for my front three channels..
post #38 of 170
Nice, looks much cleaner and matches more now. Good job!
post #39 of 170
Wow! What a difference, great job!
post #40 of 170
The new stand is an improvement, to be sure. It's nice and elegant. And the fact that it's wider gives a visual base of sorts for the TV, which would look good sitting on it as well. Less so with the previous one.

The whole setup looks more solid.
post #41 of 170
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Thanks guys. It's a very well made piece and I'm happy I went with BDI.
post #42 of 170
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Originally Posted by D-Xtreme View Post

I really like your system, since it's almost identical to mine. Only difference is I have a Onkyo 805 receiver. I just purchased the set of Mirage OMD15, OMDC1, & OMD5 (nice speakers). I'm really looking into getting the Emotiva XPA-3 that you have, since the sale is still going.

Has the amp made a big improvement over your Yamaha?

I want to be sure I will tell a difference over my Onkyo before ordering the Emotiva.

Any assistance you have is appreciated!

Sorry for late responce, but yes it has. Much clearer and detailed. It's very noticable at lower volumes. That was worth the purchase to me since alot of my viewing is at lower volumes with a 2 year old. Higher volumes are great too.
post #43 of 170
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New addition, UPA-2 running the surrounds. Huge improvement over the Yammy.
post #44 of 170
Many prefer separate power amps over receivers because most receivers don't really give full rated power into all channels. I don't have a multichannel setup, but that's the way I'd go if I did, and congrats on making that move. It looks like you're having success doing it as well.

You mention the Emotivas as sounding clearer and detailed at low volumes. What other sonic characteristics might have changed? Would you say the sound is smoother also?
post #45 of 170
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Many prefer separate power amps over receivers because most receivers don't really give full rated power into all channels. I don't have a multichannel setup, but that's the way I'd go if I did, and congrats on making that move. It looks like you're having success doing it as well.

You mention the Emotivas as sounding clearer and detailed at low volumes. What other sonic characteristics might have changed? Would you say the sound is smoother also?

Not sure I have the ear to get into other sonic changes the amps have made. All I know is the sound is much clearer and more detailed than without them. Still relatively new to the hobby so hopefully over time I will develop a more detailed ear.
post #46 of 170
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Originally Posted by Spurrier Sucks View Post

Not sure I have the ear to get into other sonic changes the amps have made. All I know is the sound is much clearer and more detailed than without them. Still relatively new to the hobby so hopefully over time I will develop a more detailed ear.

If nothing else jumps out at you, then perhaps there isn't any other change of significance. I've tended to think if I hear a difference without listening for one, it's significant. And short of A/B comparisons, any subtle changes may go unnoticed. Clean and clear is pretty significant, I'd say. It may be the speakers were starved for power.
post #47 of 170
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Pic of UPA-2 and I moved both subs to the front.


post #48 of 170
Its fascinating seeing the metamorphism of your system as its getting better with each iteration. Very nice choice of all the components! Wondering if a darker accent wall color behind the tv will bring it together even more and will also help the picture stand out.
post #49 of 170
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Its fascinating seeing the metamorphism of your system as its getting better with each iteration. Very nice choice of all the components! Wondering if a darker accent wall color behind the tv will bring it together even more and will also help the picture stand out.

Thanks. A darker color on the wall is a good suggestion but I'm not sure it would work in the room. It's opened to the kitchen on the left side but I'll ask the boss and see what she thinks.
post #50 of 170
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Talked with my wife about accent wall and it may work. Thinking a chocolate?
post #51 of 170
Simply and nice, It enlarges the space when your room is limited.
post #52 of 170
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Simply and nice, It enlarges the space when your room is limited.

Thanks.
post #53 of 170
Spur, I have just noticed the new pics! What a transformation, man that looks good! You might want to update the first post in the thread to also include the new pics.

Did you notice a difference when you moved the second sub to the front?
post #54 of 170
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Spur, I have just noticed the new pics! What a transformation, man that looks good! You might want to update the first post in the thread to also include the new pics.

Did you notice a difference when you moved the second sub to the front?

Thanks and I'll do that. I did notice a difference. It sounds louder and seems to hit a little harder to me. I like it better.
post #55 of 170
Pretty cool, I like your new entertainment unit better that your old one aswell, nice.
post #56 of 170
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Pretty cool, I like your new entertainment unit better that your old one aswell, nice.

Thanks. I liked your new pics as well.
post #57 of 170
Gorgeous setup you've got there. It reminds me of my own system, but of course, mine is very simple and not as high end as yours. But the style is very nice. I like to see that other people put aesthetics into play when designing their system. There's a link for that in my sig. Your entertainment center really pulled everything together. May I ask where you got that from?

About making the accent wall Chocolate, also consider that because of the molding behind the TV, having a sharply contrasting line that is not centered behind the TV could be distracting. I mean, I think that a chocolate wall would really be sweet in that room if it was going to be a solid wall. Another thing you could consider is that you could paint the entire wall solid chocolate and follow the molding around the rest of the space in that same chocolate. That would add some interesting contrast and tie it into the chocolate wall. It would even draw people to the focal point of the room which would be your entertainment center.
post #58 of 170
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Gorgeous setup you've got there. It reminds me of my own system, but of course, mine is very simple and not as high end as yours. But the style is very nice. I like to see that other people put aesthetics into play when designing their system. There's a link for that in my sig. Your entertainment center really pulled everything together. May I ask where you got that from?

About making the accent wall Chocolate, also consider that because of the molding behind the TV, having a sharply contrasting line that is not centered behind the TV could be distracting. I mean, I think that a chocolate wall would really be sweet in that room if it was going to be a solid wall. Another thing you could consider is that you could paint the entire wall solid chocolate and follow the molding around the rest of the space in that same chocolate. That would add some interesting contrast and tie it into the chocolate wall. It would even draw people to the focal point of the room which would be your entertainment center.

It's a BDI Avion Noir 8937. Purchased online at standsandmounts.com. Thanks for the comments and I don't think the accent wall is going to happen. The points you made were some of my worries as well as others.
post #59 of 170
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Originally Posted by Spurrier Sucks View Post

It's a BDI Avion Noir 8937. Purchased online at standsandmounts.com. Thanks for the comments and I don't think the accent wall is going to happen. The points you made were some of my worries as well as others.

That's a very high quality media cabinet; and quite expensive.
post #60 of 170
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Originally Posted by Spurrier Sucks View Post

Thanks and I'll do that. I did notice a difference. It sounds louder and seems to hit a little harder to me. I like it better.

Does it seem deeper also? The soundfield changes now with the move, and it sounds as if you're a bit closer. It's said real bass is felt, not heard, and you're surely feeling it from what you say. Whatever Hz you get, it's definitely deep enough.
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