Originally Posted by 235
That's a great list of things to consider.
Some of the items in your list only raise more very basic questions in my head (it has been 20yrs after all)
I have no clue what SPL i want/need. What is the definition of true reference levels?Start here. Reference at seated position (~105db) is significant.
IMO, No. Properly setup surrounds should have no problem producing the surround field, IMO the dipoles are a "trick" for those either not willing or able to properly devote the space or resources to achieve it.
Good to know. Should I pick sub(s) first or speakers? Does ported vs sealed equate to HT vs music decision?
Think of it as a system and not mains and subs seperate. Look at both and see what will work together. Ported has more options all the way around, but there are some issues with ported. When matching ported designs together keep the port tunings as far apart as possible while keeping them as far as possible from the crossover freq. This is the rub, and its a juggling act.
I like sealed, b/c I like easy. Sealed on Sealed = Easy.
Not sure how to make that decision either:confused:
I have buttkickers so maybe that has some impact on requirements for sub's lower end capabilities?
Maybe, <1% of HT can do anything significant below 20, and 99.999% of commercial theaters cannot. Furthermore that last octave(between 20 and 10Hz) will prob double the cost of whatever sub option you choose, so you really need to experience it for yourself to see if its worth it to you.
WOW, that's a revelation. Are you referring to subs or all speakers? I'm surprised I haven't seen more people DIY if they can get 4X the performance - especially considering most threads I have been reading are not afraid of a little sawdust.
Both, Actually there is a fanatical DIY crowd here, check in and see whats going on......
So if I said HT-51% and Music-49% then would that mean getting HT optimized speakers at the expense of music listening? Are there speakers that do both well but neither great? Still not sure what the sacrifices are when choosing one over the other. When listening to 2-ch rock source, should I allow the prepro to route audio to all speakers?
I'm trying not to steer you toward any type or brand of speaker. The requirements for both music and HT do overlap, so its fair that a hybrid setup will perform excellently for both. Research some HT type speakers and some critical listening speakers. Pay attention to their Frequency Responses and Sensitivities(SPL Capabilities). Youll see the tradeoffs.
The AVR processing I use depends on the source, but often I do use all channel stereo. FWIW, I'm using what I would consider critical listening speakers in my HT, but I'm in the process of gathering parts for a high efficiency build(HT speakers). That doesn't lend any credibility to the decision just don't want to come off as a fanboy for a particular type of speaker or setup.
I apologize this post turned into a mess when I tried to delete some redundant wording, oh well........