Originally Posted by pickpocket
I am worried about missing mid range with satellite.
Yes I have room for full size speakers. Well I was planning on using Dolby Pro Logic® IIz. Now will it still work for the 5.1 format movies? Or is it pointless to get the 2 extra speakers? Now are the action movies that are coming out are they 7.1 or just 5.1 because if there not moving to that point what's the point.
Thanks for point that out never would have thought about it.
Wow on the literature on the subs haha. Rythmik f15 and the Epik Empire which one would u go with for music, gaming, and movies? The one thing I am worried about it's the tightness of 15in subs. I run a 10in sub in my truck just to get the tight, clean, and precise bass. But thinking the Empire will help with that with its design don't u think?
Now what I am guessing, your system is u have book shelf for L,C,R so u don't get much low bass as u would with a floor standing speaker. So u make up for it in your sub. So do u get really great mid then with the Sierra's 1?
The more i read about these ascend acoustics i really like them.
Missed this one.
I never thought I was missing midrange with the Ascend HTM200SE even as L/C/R. Bass, yes, they need a sub. No issue with the midrange on the Sierra either.
The Sierra 1s go much lower, but I think they still need a sub; on the other hand they present a much larger soundstage and transparency to use two over-used descriptions but best I can think of at the moment. Now, in fairness I do have the HTMs mounted up on the walls (actually top of a wall where a vaulted ceiling begins, so they're not in at the corner either, at least not a 90 degree corner, more like a 135).
I'm leaving the Sierra 1s on the floor stands they came with at present, rather than drill into them so I can mount them solidly up on the wall. The wall is where I've had all the other speakers in this room for several years, which I prefer for floor space issues.
So, my experience with floor standers is limited. Last floorstanders I had were Carver Amazing Speakers, which employed a fantastic ribbon tweeter, and while the bass was good, in hindsight I would have preferred a sub with them.
I have a 10" ported sub in my van. It's not a great sub, a basic Kicker model of some sort (don't remember now) in a prebuilt generic box, but in the van's confined space does fine for my purposes for now. In a way that was something that compelled me to look for bigger and better subs and led to the Empire. However, next time I deal with the van I am going to do more careful speaker/sub placement and probably a little experimentation with multiple subs so it's not so easily located. I would call this sub a bit boomy and non musical, maybe inaccurate and easily distorted; not sure what "tight" exactly is to everyone who throws that out,kinda like "fast". I digress...
I like bass. I'm not sure I qualify as a bass fiend, or bassaholic or whatever the phrase is, as I'm just beginning and have lots to learn. Figure I need to build a sub first at least. One of these days when I have a workshop again...
The IIz will work with 5.1 material just fine. For 7.1 I don't have any idea if anything is actually mixed for front high or front wide setups, though. I do like it for some stuff, though Audyssey DSX setting usually sounds better, but other times it sounds better with rear surrounds instead. Nice to be able to use the remote and just pick the speaker and eq set. Modern AVRs are pretty nice.
I never heard the Ascends before trying them. Just kept reading comments from very pleased people. They seem to be a good value to me. Another speaker that I like for HT use (currently my surrounds) are Cambridge S30s at $220 a pair are pretty nice, altho they've been my bar stereo set mostly. Haven't exactly A/Bd them to the HTM200SEs but think they'd be close, a bit superior on bass response. The S30s don't play well with wall mounting in my room, though. Need to drill 'em and didn't want to (so far have used Pinpoint AM40s for mounting duties).
As to multi use, I use mine for movies mostly, but music and games as well, the Empire does very well with all of them (has been called a musical sub by many not into the HT thing). I haven't measured it, have no idea what the FR in my room is, but it sounds great. Now that I see your room and how open it is to other rooms (like I have), I think the Empire is more suited to the room, too...hard to beat two 15" drivers.
IMHO and YMMV.