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post #21301 of 34757
I ordered 1 x LSiM704c Midnight Mahogany, 2 x LSiM703 Midnight Mahogany, and 1 x RTiA3 Cherry on Saturday afternoon. At that time I thought the center LSiM704c would be good enough. However, earlier today I decided to upgrade my LSiM 704c to LSiM706c to get better timbre-matched to my LSiM 703s. So I emailed Phil Pickering, the Inside Sales Account Manager (The name at the end of the welcome letter after I placed my order). He gladly upgraded my center for me, and I only had to pay $225, which was the price difference between the two during the 50% off sale. I love it!!!

I think it's still not too late for those wishing to upgrade / downgrade the speakers on their orders to call or email Polk.
Edited by chuckychuck7 - 8/19/13 at 11:10pm
post #21302 of 34757
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Originally Posted by ItsAllDay View Post

Thought I'd share the information I got when I called them today about my order (a pair of A9's). Apparently they are slammed with orders, over 2000 from this weekend..

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Originally Posted by chuckychuck7 View Post

, earlier today I decided to upgrade my LSiM 704c to LSiM706c to get better timbre-matched to my LSiM 703s. So I emailed Phil Pickering, the Inside Sales Account Manager (The name at the end of the welcome letter after I placed my order) an email. He gladly upgraded my center for me, and I only had to pay $225, which was the price difference between the two during the 50% off sale. I love it!!!

Nicely done you guys! Great orders, great speakers, great service. Hope y'all stick around and share your set ups.
post #21303 of 34757
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Originally Posted by Geoff4RFC View Post

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Originally Posted by ItsAllDay View Post

Thought I'd share the information I got when I called them today about my order (a pair of A9's). Apparently they are slammed with orders, over 2000 from this weekend..

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Originally Posted by chuckychuck7 View Post

, earlier today I decided to upgrade my LSiM 704c to LSiM706c to get better timbre-matched to my LSiM 703s. So I emailed Phil Pickering, the Inside Sales Account Manager (The name at the end of the welcome letter after I placed my order) an email. He gladly upgraded my center for me, and I only had to pay $225, which was the price difference between the two during the 50% off sale. I love it!!!

Nicely done you guys! Great orders, great speakers, great service. Hope y'all stick around and share your set ups.
X2!

And for all the new guys, if Geoff ever does or says anything that makes you all think he is "a tad light in the loafers" just understand that just WHO HE IS!

Also I wanna see pics of all the new set ups!
post #21304 of 34757
I know this has been asked b4 but want to make sure a better option hasn't been found. Are the Pinpoint AM-40B Side Clamping Bookshelf Speaker Wall Mount (Pair) the best for 35B's? Mine will be here Thursday and want to order mounts ASAP. My room won't really work with stands unless I run speaker wire over the carpet and no chance I'm doing that. Thanks again!
post #21305 of 34757
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Originally Posted by migraine24-7 View Post

I know this has been asked b4 but want to make sure a better option hasn't been found. Are the Pinpoint AM-40B Side Clamping Bookshelf Speaker Wall Mount (Pair) the best for 35B's? Mine will be here Thursday and want to order mounts ASAP. My room won't really work with stands unless I run speaker wire over the carpet and no chance I'm doing that. Thanks again!
Those are the mounts I use with my front heights and they work great. Highly adjustable, good quality, look nice and will easily hold the weight of the 35b. They only angle down 7 degrees which was just enough for me but for anything but front heights that should be plenty.
post #21306 of 34757
I've heard these are decent and a little cheaper.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000X9O8SI?ie=UTF8&force-full-site=1&ref_=aw_bottom_links
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Originally Posted by migraine24-7 View Post

I know this has been asked b4 but want to make sure a better option hasn't been found. Are the Pinpoint AM-40B Side Clamping Bookshelf Speaker Wall Mount (Pair) the best for 35B's? Mine will be here Thursday and want to order mounts ASAP. My room won't really work with stands unless I run speaker wire over the carpet and no chance I'm doing that. Thanks again!
post #21307 of 34757
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Originally Posted by chuckychuck7 View Post

I ordered 1 x LSiM704c Midnight Mahogany, 2 x LSiM703 Midnight Mahogany, and 1 x RTiA3 Cherry on Saturday afternoon. At that time I thought the center LSiM704c would be good enough. However, earlier today I decided to upgrade my LSiM 704c to LSiM706c to get better timbre-matched to my LSiM 703s. So I emailed Phil Pickering, the Inside Sales Account Manager (The name at the end of the welcome letter after I placed my order). He gladly upgraded my center for me, and I only had to pay $225, which was the price difference between the two during the 50% off sale. I love it!!!

I think it's still not too late for those wishing to upgrade / downgrade the speakers on their orders to call or email Polk.

How do I get on this e-mail list?
post #21308 of 34757
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Originally Posted by 67jason View Post

I've heard these are decent and a little cheaper.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000X9O8SI?ie=UTF8&force-full-site=1&ref_=aw_bottom_links
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Originally Posted by migraine24-7 View Post

I know this has been asked b4 but want to make sure a better option hasn't been found. Are the Pinpoint AM-40B Side Clamping Bookshelf Speaker Wall Mount (Pair) the best for 35B's? Mine will be here Thursday and want to order mounts ASAP. My room won't really work with stands unless I run speaker wire over the carpet and no chance I'm doing that. Thanks again!

Thanks! Looks like another great option. Now I have to decide which ones. Both have excellent ratings. I'll let you know what I do.
post #21309 of 34757
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Originally Posted by dewey79 View Post

How do I get on this e-mail list?
There is no "e-mail list" to get on...

After I placed my order, I got 2 e-mails. The first is the 'Welcome to Polks club' e-mail, and the 2nd my order detail. When I contacted Polks to modify my order, I thought, rather than emailing the customer service department, why don't I just email the name at the end of my first email. Turns out he is the inside sales account manager.

By the way, I am not new... My first system was Swan Divas by AV123. My second was Onix Rockets, again by AV123. That should tell you I have been around... wink.gif

I was here 12 years ago. I had to start all over again because I forgot my old account name.
post #21310 of 34757
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Originally Posted by xFreshEntrailsX View Post

Looks like everybody beat me to the punch with http://accessories4less.com/ .. Go for something with pre-outs if you plan to amp them babies up later on .. And i would definatley go with a PSA sub .. O jeez .. every movie i watch makes me want my 2nd one now..

What size room are you using everything in? and of course .. Pictures of the shiny things will be liked around here..

Welcome!

Thanks for everyone's help. I'll have to look more into that Denon AVR and the accessories4less.com site. I'm mainly a Yamaha guy, but I’m definitely open to suggestions.
My room size is around 12.5' x 32' with 7.5' ceilings. The room does open up to the stairs, which would be to the front left of the room (facing the TV). Does that qualify for a “large” room? Or is that still in the realm of a medium size room?
And as soon as I get the speakers I'll start posting pics. smile.gif
post #21311 of 34757
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By the way, I am not new... My first system was Swan Divas by AV123. My second was Onix Rockets, again by AV123. That should tell you I have been around...

What is AV123? Just curious. Never heard of them. Guess I haven't been around.
post #21312 of 34757
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Originally Posted by RobLee View Post

What is AV123? Just curious. Never heard of them. Guess I haven't been around.

HEHEHE..... hope your kidding Rob....

They were a Internet Direct speaker company with a bunch of good products and a great reputation.... Then the CEO went and did some "things" that may be considered "illegal" and the company crashed and burned....

I dont want to go into too much detail but Google it for some fun reading......

It makes what happened with Elemental Designs look like childs play....
post #21313 of 34757
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Originally Posted by Zektor View Post

Thanks for everyone's help. I'll have to look more into that Denon AVR and the accessories4less.com site. I'm mainly a Yamaha guy, but I’m definitely open to suggestions.
My room size is around 12.5' x 32' with 7.5' ceilings. The room does open up to the stairs, which would be to the front left of the room (facing the TV). Does that qualify for a “large” room? Or is that still in the realm of a medium size room?
And as soon as I get the speakers I'll start posting pics. smile.gif

keep an eye out over at newegg...the rxv773 and rxa820 both go on sale for 499.00 regularly.
post #21314 of 34757
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Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post

HEHEHE..... hope your kidding Rob....

They were a Internet Direct speaker company with a bunch of good products and a great reputation.... Then the CEO went and did some "things" that may be considered "illegal" and the company crashed and burned.... It makes what happened with Elemental Designs look like childs play....

No, not kidding, but thanks for the info. I've always preferred to deal only with companies that have decades of experience under their belt. I guess that's just me... but you could probably figure that out based on what I've bought, and on what I have recently sold.
post #21315 of 34757
Looking for guidance on choice of polk speakers for a bedroom setup. Will be using the nexus q as the amplifier and source. This has a class D amp - 12.5 x 2. Would any of the polk bookshelf speakers work with this amp? -- RTiA1, RTiA3 or TSi200?

I do own a pair Polk monitor 60c and they have worked quite well for me in 2.1 setup for the past 4 years.

Thank you.
post #21316 of 34757
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Originally Posted by RobLee View Post

No, not kidding, but thanks for the info. I've always preferred to deal only with companies that have decades of experience under their belt. I guess that's just me... but you could probably figure that out based on what I've bought, and on what I have recently sold.

Yeah, like I said they were around for a bit and were a great company with great products (except toward the end). Same with Elemental Designs for the most part.

I am iffy about Internet Direct, but then again it varies. I would gladly buy from VMPS, Outlaw Audio, SVS and HSU and all those are ID companies. I am interested to see what Epik does in the near future as well as Chase Home Theater. Both companies make subs I would love to buy but am not in the sub market right now.

I do agree though they require a BUNCH of homework on products and customer service, which is why I currently have owned only stuff from companies that have been around a long long time smile.gif. That said you can score some pretty good deals on their gear.

Just look at Sherwoods new amps & products, they are decently priced though I wonder how much they are internally similar to Emotiva since they are both owned by the same parent company. They also have now from my understanding gone the way of Internet Direct only as well.
post #21317 of 34757
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Originally Posted by pixlesrus View Post

Looking for guidance on choice of polk speakers for a bedroom setup. Will be using the nexus q as the amplifier and source. This has a class D amp - 12.5 x 2. Would any of the polk bookshelf speakers work with this amp? -- RTiA1, RTiA3 or TSi200?

I do own a pair Polk monitor 60c and they have worked quite well for me in 2.1 setup for the past 4 years.

Thank you.
that has 12watts per channel the rtia speck starting at 20. So that might run some satellite speakers.
post #21318 of 34757
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Originally Posted by pixlesrus View Post

Looking for guidance on choice of polk speakers for a bedroom setup. Will be using the nexus q as the amplifier and source. This has a class D amp - 12.5 x 2. Would any of the polk bookshelf speakers work with this amp? -- RTiA1, RTiA3 or TSi200?

I do own a pair Polk monitor 60c and they have worked quite well for me in 2.1 setup for the past 4 years.

Thank you.

with that little amplification(12.5w per channel) id look into the TL350
post #21319 of 34757
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Originally Posted by 67jason View Post

X2!

And for all the new guys, if Geoff ever does or says anything that makes you all think he is "a tad light in the loafers" just understand that just WHO HE IS!

Also I wanna see pics of all the new set ups!

Lol, now you're just showing your age biggrin.gif

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Originally Posted by dewey79 View Post

How do I get on this e-mail list?

The original sale email went out to those that have accounts with PolkAudio. If you've ever purchased anything from Polk direct, you'd set up an account and you can check the box that states you'd like to receive promotional emails and bingo.
post #21320 of 34757
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Originally Posted by swarm87 View Post

with that little amplification(12.5w per channel) id look into the TL350

Thank you! - will look into the TL350 -
post #21321 of 34757
I’m excited for my A9’s to get here, they will hopefully be here by the end of the week. They ought to be a significant step up from the old no name speakers I rescued from my uncles basement (both have tweeters that never worked).
That said the A9’s are more speaker than I was planning on getting but the deal was too good to pass up on. I have a Denon AVR 1611 at the moment but I have a feeling that 75 watts per channel won’t cut it for these guys. Could anyone share their experience with the A9’s before and after adding an amp? I’d like some recommendations on which amp I should get / which amp if any do you use? (For budget let’s just say the cheaper it is the sooner I’ll be able to get it, but I don’t have a problem with saving if something expensive is needed). And also will there be any problems from only being able to drive these with my current receiver. Thanks in advance.

And thought I might add, I'm pretty much a newbie when it come to HT. Over the past 3 years I've been coming up from a home theater in a box that I got on sale for 100 bucks.
post #21322 of 34757
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Originally Posted by ItsAllDay View Post

I’m excited for my A9’s to get here, they will hopefully be here by the end of the week. They ought to be a significant step up from the old no name speakers I rescued from my uncles basement (both have tweeters that never worked).
That said the A9’s are more speaker than I was planning on getting but the deal was too good to pass up on. I have a Denon AVR 1611 at the moment but I have a feeling that 75 watts per channel won’t cut it for these guys. Could anyone share their experience with the A9’s before and after adding an amp? I’d like some recommendations on which amp I should get / which amp if any do you use? (For budget let’s just say the cheaper it is the sooner I’ll be able to get it, but I don’t have a problem with saving if something expensive is needed). And also will there be any problems from only being able to drive these with my current receiver. Thanks in advance.

And thought I might add, I'm pretty much a newbie when it come to HT. Over the past 3 years I've been coming up from a home theater in a box that I got on sale for 100 bucks.

Your AVR will not come close to powering them right. Please be very very careful with the volume. You shouldnt crank it or you will clip the speaker quick and blow them.

As far as what amp to get, those recommendations range all over the place. I think most will agree you want a dedicated amp with at least 200 wpc @ 8 ohm, and the more power the better. Brand is your call, but some folks use Emotiva, some use Parasound, some use NAD, some use Carver..... New or used, again your call.....

I also think your 1611 doesnt have pre-outs so unless I am missing something you have no way to connect a dedicated amp to your setup.....
post #21323 of 34757
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Originally Posted by ItsAllDay View Post

I’m excited for my A9’s to get here, they will hopefully be here by the end of the week. They ought to be a significant step up from the old no name speakers I rescued from my uncles basement (both have tweeters that never worked).
That said the A9’s are more speaker than I was planning on getting but the deal was too good to pass up on. I have a Denon AVR 1611 at the moment but I have a feeling that 75 watts per channel won’t cut it for these guys. Could anyone share their experience with the A9’s before and after adding an amp? I’d like some recommendations on which amp I should get / which amp if any do you use? (For budget let’s just say the cheaper it is the sooner I’ll be able to get it, but I don’t have a problem with saving if something expensive is needed). And also will there be any problems from only being able to drive these with my current receiver. Thanks in advance.

And thought I might add, I'm pretty much a newbie when it come to HT. Over the past 3 years I've been coming up from a home theater in a box that I got on sale for 100 bucks.

Welcome to the Polk side .. you made a great choice.. go big or go home. I am currently running the A9's without an amp. They do sound fantastic. Although my AVR pumps out a little more wattage than yours, its not a ginormous amount more. I do plan on however on getting amps later on. Saving up for Emotivas. Every guy here will tell you an amp is required eventually. As long as you don't crank up the volume you will be fine until you get one.

I've heard some guys say that the A9's sound anemic without power. I didn't get that impression at all. But to each his own. I'm sure the big dogs will chime in very soon about the A9's with amps.

Also what kind of setup are you running? 2.0, 2.1, 3.0, 5.1, 7.1, etc? What do you use your system for movies/music? What kind of sub are you using/getting if any? we like details .. and pictures.. biggrin.gif
post #21324 of 34757
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Originally Posted by ItsAllDay View Post

I’m excited for my A9’s to get here, they will hopefully be here by the end of the week. They ought to be a significant step up from the old no name speakers I rescued from my uncles basement (both have tweeters that never worked).
That said the A9’s are more speaker than I was planning on getting but the deal was too good to pass up on. I have a Denon AVR 1611 at the moment but I have a feeling that 75 watts per channel won’t cut it for these guys. Could anyone share their experience with the A9’s before and after adding an amp? I’d like some recommendations on which amp I should get / which amp if any do you use? (For budget let’s just say the cheaper it is the sooner I’ll be able to get it, but I don’t have a problem with saving if something expensive is needed). And also will there be any problems from only being able to drive these with my current receiver. Thanks in advance.

And thought I might add, I'm pretty much a newbie when it come to HT. Over the past 3 years I've been coming up from a home theater in a box that I got on sale for 100 bucks.

Make sure you've eaten and gone to the bathroom before you listen to them. Once you hear them, you'll be there a while. biggrin.gif
post #21325 of 34757
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Originally Posted by xFreshEntrailsX View Post

I've heard some guys say that the A9's sound anemic without power. I didn't get that impression at all. But to each his own. I'm sure the big dogs will chime in very soon about the A9's with amps.

Yes, they do sound anemic when run off an AVR. Mine is/was a Denon 3312 with 125wpc.
The A9's sounded worse than my A7's. Stepping up to the Emo with 200wpc was like night and day.

How it sounds to you all depends on where you're coming from and what you're accustomed to.
post #21326 of 34757
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Originally Posted by RobLee View Post

Yes, they do sound anemic when run off an AVR. Mine is/was a Denon 3312 with 125wpc.
The A9's sounded worse than my A7's. Stepping up to the Emo with 200wpc was like night and day.

How it sounds to you all depends on where you're coming from and what you're accustomed to.

All that does is make me want an amp even more .. Cause I can't wait until they sound better than they already do!!!! biggrin.gif
post #21327 of 34757
Thanks for the heads up on being careful with the volume. Could someone more accurately define “crank” or how to identify when the equipment is being stressed? But I think I should be fine since I will be living in an apartment this year and I try to be respectful of my neighbors. I usually listen to music in the -40 to -50dB range and watch movies at about -30dB.

I’m probably about 70/30 music to movie. And here is a bit of a technical question, why might driving a speaker with less power damage it? To my simple mind it seems like it would just play “quieter” or not up to its potential, though I don’t question that it is “bad” to do so.

You are correct there is not any Pre-outs on the 1611, so I guess I will be on the market for a new receiver too. Though I see what look to be pretty good deals on some used/refurb models. So recommendations on receivers will be welcomed as well. Are there any cons to buying used if they were well kept?

As far as the rest of my setup goes, it is as follows
Receiver: Denon AVR 1611
L/R: A9’s
C: Mirage Omnisat
SR/SL: Mirage Omni 50
Sub: SVS PB-1000

I’m well are that things are pretty mixed and matched at the moment, but I will be taking steps to even things out a bit. I think my priority on upgrades is as follows, Receiver -> Amp -> Center (CSi A6). And with the A9’s I may just run 2.1 for the time being if the mirages are too distracting. It’s too bad money doesn’t grow on trees. Oh and pictures will come once I’m set up at my apartment. Thanks again for the help so far. I can only imagine I’ll have more questions.
post #21328 of 34757
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Originally Posted by ItsAllDay View Post

Thanks for the heads up on being careful with the volume. Could someone more accurately define “crank” or how to identify when the equipment is being stressed? But I think I should be fine since I will be living in an apartment this year and I try to be respectful of my neighbors. I usually listen to music in the -40 to -50dB range and watch movies at about -30dB.

I’m probably about 70/30 music to movie. And here is a bit of a technical question, why might driving a speaker with less power damage it? To my simple mind it seems like it would just play “quieter” or not up to its potential, though I don’t question that it is “bad” to do so.

You are correct there is not any Pre-outs on the 1611, so I guess I will be on the market for a new receiver too. Though I see what look to be pretty good deals on some used/refurb models. So recommendations on receivers will be welcomed as well. Are there any cons to buying used if they were well kept?

As far as the rest of my setup goes, it is as follows
Receiver: Denon AVR 1611
L/R: A9’s
C: Mirage Omnisat
SR/SL: Mirage Omni 50
Sub: SVS PB-1000

I’m well are that things are pretty mixed and matched at the moment, but I will be taking steps to even things out a bit. I think my priority on upgrades is as follows, Receiver -> Amp -> Center (CSi A6). And with the A9’s I may just run 2.1 for the time being if the mirages are too distracting. It’s too bad money doesn’t grow on trees. Oh and pictures will come once I’m set up at my apartment. Thanks again for the help so far. I can only imagine I’ll have more questions.


I would say crank(and every receiver, room, etc, is different) to me would be like -15/-10 and louder.  I have A5's and run them off of a Pioneer VSX-53 usually listen in the -25 to -20 range when with the wife but got it up to -7 or 8 the other night when she wasn't home.

post #21329 of 34757
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Originally Posted by xFreshEntrailsX View Post

All that does is make me want an amp even more .. Cause I can't wait until they sound better than they already do!!!!

Note also that - if they are new, the sound will improve after about a month, after they've had a chance to break in. (Also note that some dismiss the concept of speaker a "break-in" period, but many others have experienced the effect first hand).
post #21330 of 34757
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Originally Posted by SupaKats View Post

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Originally Posted by ItsAllDay View Post

Thanks for the heads up on being careful with the volume. Could someone more accurately define “crank” or how to identify when the equipment is being stressed? But I think I should be fine since I will be living in an apartment this year and I try to be respectful of my neighbors. I usually listen to music in the -40 to -50dB range and watch movies at about -30dB.


I’m probably about 70/30 music to movie. And here is a bit of a technical question, why might driving a speaker with less power damage it? To my simple mind it seems like it would just play “quieter” or not up to its potential, though I don’t question that it is “bad” to do so.


You are correct there is not any Pre-outs on the 1611, so I guess I will be on the market for a new receiver too. Though I see what look to be pretty good deals on some used/refurb models. So recommendations on receivers will be welcomed as well. Are there any cons to buying used if they were well kept?


As far as the rest of my setup goes, it is as follows

Receiver: Denon AVR 1611

L/R: A9’s

C: Mirage Omnisat

SR/SL: Mirage Omni 50

Sub: SVS PB-1000


I’m well are that things are pretty mixed and matched at the moment, but I will be taking steps to even things out a bit. I think my priority on upgrades is as follows, Receiver -> Amp -> Center (CSi A6). And with the A9’s I may just run 2.1 for the time being if the mirages are too distracting. It’s too bad money doesn’t grow on trees. Oh and pictures will come once I’m set up at my apartment. Thanks again for the help so far. I can only imagine I’ll have more questions.


I would say crank(and every receiver, room, etc, is different) to me would be like -15/-10 and louder.  I have A5's and run them off of a Pioneer VSX-53 usually listen in the -25 to -20 range when with the wife but got it up to -7 or 8 the other night when she wasn't home.
Cranking is subjective and gear and room make the difference on how loud you can go. Yesterday I posted a pic with my avr at +2 (xpa-2 poroviding power to my 70's)...I could go louder. Basically turn it up till it sounds like crap the back it off til it doesn't, there's your loudness level for your gear, ears and room.

Lower rated power levels on avr's and small external amps have a higher likelihood of damaging speakers when played at really loud levels due to sending highly distorted clipped signals to the speakers. Drivers especially tweeters don't like get square waves and will be damaged. As long as it doesn't sound distorted or harsh you are probably fine. I caution the use of the 1611 at really loud levels, I used mine to blow tweeters on my 70's. Depending on seeting distance and room size you probably won't wanna go much higher then about -15 most of the time.
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