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post #541 of 593
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Originally Posted by Solon-HD Install View Post

I own a pair of Canton towers that are about the same price point and I prefer the Phase Tech's. Great soundstage, bass clarity, and a subtle warmth that the Canton pair do not have. I get provide details on great savings on the 9.5's if you are interested.

absolutely, should I PM you? or if you see this go ahead and PM me, I'm in san jose, california.
post #542 of 593
What's the latest buzz from Phase Tech? Cedia is fast approaching, which usually means that they have some great new products on the way.

There hasn't much discussion about the new velocity line. How do they compare to the old line? In particular the v62 vs. V8 and the V626 vs. V12.

Thanks,
Dennis
post #543 of 593
I just brought my two Phase Tech PC 60s and two PC 50 subs out of storage and installed them in my master bedroom 5.1 system. Along with the Phase Techs, I’m using two Polk Audio RM Series II satellites as my rear channel speakers and an old RCA Lineaum center channel speaker.

This is all stuff I’ve accumulated since about 1989. The one thing I felt was needed for the PC 50 subs was their own bass amp. Since I still have my Philips FR980 stereo receiver, I decided to try it as a sub amp. My main AVR for this hybrid set up is a used Denon 3808 I bought on Craig’s list. I connected the sub pre out from the Denon to the phono left and right input of the Philips with the two PC50 subs connected to the left and right spearker outputs, and it works quite nicely.

I still have all the literature on the PC series, and it states the PC60 is a 4 ohm speaker with a sensitivity of 87 dB SPL (2.83 V., 1 meter) to be specific. The PC50 sub is an 8 ohm unit with the same sensitivity rating as the PC60. I find it interesting that when connected as a PC60/50 3 piece system, their rating is 8 ohms. I can’t find any specs on the Polk Audio satellites, but at least the RCA center speaker is rated at 8 ohms.

The reason I’m posting all of this drivel, is after I put it all together, got the Denon set up (I still have to run Audyssey), it sounds really good. I’ve driven the Denon pretty hard through two movies so far (one DVD and one Blue Ray), and had no receiver issues with it or with the Phillips (knock on wood).

Not only does the system sound great, but it also passed the WAF. (Now if I could only teach my wife how to turn on the TV, she’d be really happy.) I know I’m breaking the rules about setting up a 5.1 system with speakers all being ‘sonically’ matched or whatever the term is, but I don’t care. The Phase Techs seem to make it all work.
post #544 of 593
I Run Phase Tech in my theater. They are "Terro" series bought when they were changing over to "Velocity".

3 small towers in the front. 2 dipole surrounds on the side and bookshelf's in the back. I run an IB subwoofer.

There are solid Made in the USA speakers that I have been enjoying for over 5 years in my dedicated theater. I would buy these again in a heartbeat.

DIY speakers will be any future upgrade but I am in no hurry for that.

They are really an underrated speaker brand.

Have Fun!
post #545 of 593
Does anyone know if the Phase Tech V6LCR center channel three way speaker is 8 ohms? Thanks in advance.
post #546 of 593
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Originally Posted by lik2hvfun View Post

Does anyone know if the Phase Tech V6LCR center channel three way speaker is 8 ohms? Thanks in advance.

Yes, the V6 are 8ohm. Here are the Specifications.

V-6 Multi-purpose Speaker (Center)
Specifications:
Bass Driver 5-1/4" VDT Vapor Deposited Titanium woofer

High Frequency Driver 1" soft dome tweeter

Crossover Absolute Phase Crossover

Frequency Response 56 Hz - 20 kHz ±3 dB

Sensitivity 90 dB

Impedance 8 ohms

Dimensions 7" (W) x 18" (H) x 8.75" (D)
Weight 12 pounds
Magnet Structure Video Shielded
Finishes Black Rosewood and Sun Maple
post #547 of 593
Wow, that was fast! Thanks for all of the information Thomd73!
post #548 of 593
I just put together my "dream system" with Phase Tech Speakers and got everything set up except the sub.

7.1

L&R Mains - PC 9.5
C - PC 3.5
L&R Surround - PC Surround
L&R Rear Surround - PC 1.5

Sub (coming tomorrow) - SVS PC13-Ultra

Receiver - Pioneer Premier SC-55

Will post pics after the sub gets here!
post #549 of 593
Here they are! I love them so far. Powered by an Elite SC-55 receiver.

PC 9.5 mains and PC 3.5 Center



Here you can see the PC Surrounds



And the PC 1.5 Rear surrounds



And this monster hides out behind the TV (SVS PC-13 ultra)

post #550 of 593
I just purchased the Phase Tech V6 center channel speaker off of ebay. I'm looking forward to seeing how it blends with my old PC-60 bookshelf speakers. It has to better than the center channel speaker I have now.
post #551 of 593
I received the V6 center channel speaker and am happy to say it works quite well with my PC 60s. One thing I can say about the V6, it must be built like a tank. The idiot ebayer I purchased it from wrapped it in a thin piece of bubble wrap, stuck it in an oversize box without any other packing material, and shipped it through US Mail. It arrived with dents in the sides of the box from the grill and speaker sides. There were four broken grill pegs which I was able to glue back in place, and some minor dents on the rear corners of the speaker cabinet. When I hooked it up, it played flawlessly. Thank goodness for quality. Now to teach an ebayer not to be stupid . . .
post #552 of 593
Anybody got any info on the 7T's? When made? Any good? I found some for sale on CL. Thanks
post #553 of 593
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Originally Posted by basicbajax View Post

Anybody got any info on the 7T's? When made? Any good? I found some for sale on CL. Thanks

No real complaints

I currently own a pair. They are decent full range speakers. They are Netiher very detailed or resolving, They are tonally balanced, smooth are rich sounding. I picked mine up used for $85. I would't spend anymore than $100 for a pair of them.

Dennis
post #554 of 593
I'm thinking of selling some of my Phase Technology system, which I hobbled together over the years (bought some new and some used when I could find them, but sometimes in different finishes). I just have no idea of their worth or if they are worth selling at all.

I'm having an especially hard time with my PC 8.5 floor standing speakers. I can't remember what I bought them for, can't find any reviews or comments on them (they were built in '89). If anyone could offer any advice on what they should be ballparked at, or if you have a link to any literature or the original price for the 8.5s I'd really appreciate the help.

PC 8.5 Floorstanding (black) 4 Ohm double posts for Bi-Amping

Teatro 6.5 (black) x2
Teatro 6.5 (rosewood) x1

Teatro 7.5 Floorstanding (blonde wood finish) x2
Teatro 4.5 surrounds (black) x4

Power 8 subwoofer.
post #555 of 593
Hi - I'm new to this forum.

Here are the Phase Tech speakers I own:
PC 33.1 center
Teatro 7.5 VDT x 2
Teatro 4.5 x 2
Teatro 11.5 X 2
Power 12b sub

I've been a very happy phase tech owner for 8+ years.

I'm currently using the 4.5s as fronts in my bedroom and I'm looking for a good center and possibly a sub to go with them.

Any one know if the 1C center is any good?
post #556 of 593
Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity posted a review of the PC 3.5 speaker in a stereo pair about a month ago. I don't see it mentioned here, so I thought I'd post the link.

http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/speak...-speakers.html

Great review!
post #557 of 593
How solid does the PC 3.5 sit when on its side (center channel mode)? It seems like the curved surface would necessitate some sort of additional bracket or stand.
post #558 of 593
There 3.5 has a bracket that it sits on to stabilize the curved bottom.
post #559 of 593
Yesterday I was at an Estate sale. I picked up a set of Phase Tech Velocity 12's with a V6 center channel and a powered subwoofer (don't know the model number off hand, I'm at work, it's at home) for $240. I must say, I am very impressed with them. I need to get some grill pegs as somebody managed to break all but one peg on one of the speaker grills but that's not a big deal. Other than that they are in immaculate condition. The person didn't have the suround speakers so I will have to look for them to complete my HT setup. Over all I am very impressed with these speakers. I haven't had alot of time yet to listen to them yet but so far the little I have listened to sounds great. They perform very well at low volume levels. I cannot wait to hear them at higher volume levels. Thank you all for what you said about these speakers. The reviews you have posted in this thread let me know I could not go wrong with these speakers. tongue.gif
post #560 of 593
So I am running the above speakers on a Sony STR-DH510 Receiver. For rear speakers I will be using a set of Acoustic Research SRT 220's until I can get something better. Is this receiver strong enough to push these speakers or should I look at upgrading the receiver as well? Front speakers: Phase Tech V12's, Center V6, Sub V1000, Rears AR SRT 220's. Any input would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Daren
post #561 of 593
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Originally Posted by darenwh View Post

So I am running the above speakers on a Sony STR-DH510 Receiver. For rear speakers I will be using a set of Acoustic Research SRT 220's until I can get something better. Is this receiver strong enough to push these speakers or should I look at upgrading the receiver as well? Front speakers: Phase Tech V12's, Center V6, Sub V1000, Rears AR SRT 220's. Any input would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Daren

Daren,

Last year I sold my 5.1 setup of Phase Tech Speakers. I bought them brand new about 18 years ago and they were always wonderful. About 6-8 years ago I blew a speaker. I called the manufacturer and they sent me a brand new speaker replacement for my tower at no charge. 4 screws...unclick the wires...click new wires on...4 screws...brand new again.

As far as your Sony receiver goes...100 WPC in my opinion is a little on the low side, but should be fine. With my Phase Tech's I upgraded my receiver numerous times. I started with about a Denon 80WPC...To an Onkyo 100WPC...to a Harmon Kardon 110WPC. Every time I go up in receiver quality and power, the sound gets better and better.

My most current system was a B&K AVR-507 Receiver with 150WPC. Very good receiver, but no HDMI or the most current decoding that requires HDMI. I never used my Phase Techs with the B&K Receiver though.

In my opinion, when it comes to receivers I look for a few things.
Price
Features
Techology included in receiver (and what can I live without)
Build Quality
Power

The most important thing is do you like how your system sounds? If so, don't worry about whether or not you should upgrade.

Last free advice: I've always had name brand electronics in my system...usually something you would recognize from a local retailer. A few years ago I tried a BIC PL-200 subwoofer...and OH MY! For under $300 shipped to your house, this thing blows away the two much more expensive subs I've tried in the past. Search AVS for the forums that talk about it.
post #562 of 593
Thanks, I will have to consider a BIC PL-200 later down the road. Upgrading the surrounds will need to be first though. I suspect that the AR's are easily the weakest link in this system. They are good speakers for what they are, a rather cheap bookshelf speaker, but they are very much outclassed by the Phase Techs. I also will need to be carefull with the sub's total output. My wife seems to be on one of those 'pretty glass things' kicks so she has several display pieces that may just get shook off the wall or shelves they are on if there is too much bass. She who must be obeyed would be very upset if that happened. Still, perhaps after she gets used to this sub over my old JBL SB-5 (again not bad for a passive sub) she just may decide that an upgrade there is a good one. She's a big music fan so we will have to see how that goes.
Thanks again for the input.
Daren
post #563 of 593
I have a chance to purchase a Harmon Kardon AVR335 for cheap ($50) to replace my Sony STR-DG510. Would this be a good upgrade for this system? Also, where do (or did) you set the sub cross over with your Velocity 12's? 80, 120?
Thanks much for any advice.
Daren
post #564 of 593
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Originally Posted by darenwh View Post

I have a chance to purchase a Harmon Kardon AVR335 for cheap ($50) to replace my Sony STR-DG510. Would this be a good upgrade for this system? Also, where do (or did) you set the sub cross over with your Velocity 12's? 80, 120?
Thanks much for any advice.
Daren

Sony 100 WPC
5.1
First available 2007

Harmon Kardon 55 WPC
7.1
First available 2004

Half the power
Older
You do get 7.1 instead of 5.1

In my opinion, this is more of a downgrade...but you only spent $50. I've spent more than that on my speaker banana plugs.
post #565 of 593
I thought that Sony often over estimated their wattage output while HK was usually very conservative of theirs. The HK is advertised as 55 watts per channel for all seven channels and I have seen estimates that place it more closely at 85 watts per channel. The same estimates state the Sony usually output only 80 watts per channel with out distorting in two channel mode. I'm wondering really more about sound quality. I have heard really great things about HK but nothing about Sony. Do Sony's budget receivers normally produce a good quality of sound? The wattage really is a toss up IMHO but I'm differing to those who have far more experience in HT and Music than I to see what I can learn. I'm not saying anything negative about the opinion of one being newer but rather just trying to get the best information possible. This is a rather difficult decision for me this time around. If it were a newer HK it would be a no brainer... On thing about the HK is that it does not have HDMI but the Sony only passes HDMI through and doesn't support enough connections anyways. Currently I run optical cables between the Sat dish and the receiver as well as the blue ray player and receiver.
post #566 of 593
HK is definately a better brand than Sony when it comes to HT Receivers.

Your ear is the best judge.

Power is not the most important factor, but I've noticed slight sound improvements as I moved up in power. Was it something else? Perhaps.

I've owned HK, Denon, Onkyo, B&K and I'm a new owner of Yamaha (I haven't even hooked it up yet)
post #567 of 593
Thanks to all who have replied. I haven't made up my mind yet if I'm going to get the receiver or not. Either way at least I know now that the Sony is closer in performance to the HK than I thought it would be. The HK does offer more flexibility though and will do 7.1 if I choose to do so. I'll experiment with the sub cross over freq this weekend.
Daren
post #568 of 593
Keep in mind, that you can't get true 7.1 through optical cable. Optical cable's limit is 5.1. When you have a 7.1 receiver with optical cable, the additional 2 channels are created by the receiver using the other channel information.
post #569 of 593
Ok, since I didn't have anything better than 2.1 until recently, what is the progression in quality of signal by connector? What connectors for 5.1, 7.1, 9.1? Which connectors provide the best quality of sound? (I believe here that optical has less low end responce) Is there a primer on this somewhere I am missing. Is the recommendation HDMI where possible, Optical (TOSLink), and finally RCA if that's your only option?
post #570 of 593
Found the information. Now just to find the time to read it all.
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