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Originally Posted by migraine24-7 View Post

Okay want the opinion of experts again. I'm using banana plugs to plug speaker wire into keystone wall plates. But I feel that if I'm using them there I need to use them to wire into the speakers and the receiver as well. I think it would look better and keep continuity. What do you all think?

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Originally Posted by Bond 007 View Post

Use banana plugs at every connection if you can. Its not a big deal if you dont but its best if you can.

Yup, use em everywhere, it makes switching speakers in and out later on super easy, or if you need to check anything. I wont even use regular straight wire anymore, everything gets a banana or spade.
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Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post

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Originally Posted by migraine24-7 View Post

Okay want the opinion of experts again. I'm using banana plugs to plug speaker wire into keystone wall plates. But I feel that if I'm using them there I need to use them to wire into the speakers and the receiver as well. I think it would look better and keep continuity. What do you all think?

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Originally Posted by Bond 007 View Post

Use banana plugs at every connection if you can. Its not a big deal if you dont but its best if you can.

Yup, use em everywhere, it makes switching speakers in and out later on super easy, or if you need to check anything. I wont even use regular straight wire anymore, everything gets a banana or spade.

I agree guys, thanks! When I ordered banana plugs I wasn't thinking about the wall plate, speaker back and receiver. I only thought of the wall plate. So I'm 2/3 short on banana plugs. Monoprice here I come.biggrin.gif
post #22083 of 34692
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Originally Posted by RobLee View Post

Do yourself a favor and go with a larger center channel. The A4 is okay for TV and such, but would likely be overpowered by the A7's. Look for a CsiA6 on sale as an open box on Amazon, or get a Csi5 from Polk's eBay store. BTW refurbs are okay... I have bought several and the only problems I've ever had were shipping problems.

The A4 actually works just fine with my A7's...however if i had the room I would get the A6 center.
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Originally Posted by Geoff4RFC View Post

Patience young Skywalker, once I acquire my new digs, a third set of A9's will be had. Who ever heard of 6 A9's in a single set up biggrin.gif

BTW, you should let me come over and rearrange your set up, I'd swap walls and give you an A9 wide configuration.

I knew I can count on you.............wink.gif
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If he's jealous of the before, he's gonna crap himself with the after pics. eek.gif

I guess so..............here a preview of what is coming:

The goods! (Click to show)

Hey Enrico....do you recognize the Sanus?
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Originally Posted by migraine24-7 View Post

Okay want the opinion of experts again. I'm using banana plugs to plug speaker wire into keystone wall plates. But I feel that if I'm using them there I need to use them to wire into the speakers and the receiver as well. I think it would look better and keep continuity. What do you all think?

+1

I'm using bananas for my system, they work pretty well and the look is terrific!!!
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I hope you enjoy them, Carlos smile.gif They did a good job with my A3s for the last 3 years!!!
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Ok, so when I asked about wides or heights, the overwhelming sentiment was wides. Thank you for the recommendation. smile.gif But I'm going heights. eek.gif Why you ask? Well for one I DO agree that wides are the way to go. But I don't think my 35B's will do wides any justice and that's what I have. So my thinking is to get 55T or 65T for wides. If I can get 75T for $199ea like my first pair then I'd even go with those. biggrin.gif

The wife has been warned another set of speakers and amp are already being planned. Her reaction?mad.gif She said, you won't even be able to tell the difference. What a noob.biggrin.gif

Thanks to all who helped. I think this is the best way to go. I appreciate all the advice I've been given here. I want to do you all proud that's why I'm not going with a less than ideal setup.
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Originally Posted by migraine24-7 View Post

Ok, so when I asked about wides or heights, the overwhelming sentiment was wides. Thank you for the recommendation. smile.gif But I'm going heights. eek.gif Why you ask? Well for one I DO agree that wides are the way to go. But I don't think my 35B's will do wides any justice and that's what I have. So my thinking is to get 55T or 65T for wides. If I can get 75T for $199ea like my first pair then I'd even go with those. biggrin.gif

The wife has been warned another set of speakers and amp are already being planned. Her reaction?mad.gif She said, you won't even be able to tell the difference. What a noob.biggrin.gif

Thanks to all who helped. I think this is the best way to go. I appreciate all the advice I've been given here. I want to do you all proud that's why I'm not going with a less than ideal setup.

yeah wides should be same/similar towers as your mains. Good call on using your 35B's as heights, I used my monitor30's as heights for a while and they were perfect for the job. get the 65T's or 75T's for your wides. newegg will have them on sale eventually.wink.gif
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Originally Posted by migraine24-7 View Post

Ok, so when I asked about wides or heights, the overwhelming sentiment was wides. Thank you for the recommendation. smile.gif But I'm going heights. eek.gif Why you ask? Well for one I DO agree that wides are the way to go. But I don't think my 35B's will do wides any justice and that's what I have. So my thinking is to get 55T or 65T for wides. If I can get 75T for $199ea like my first pair then I'd even go with those. biggrin.gif

The wife has been warned another set of speakers and amp are already being planned. Her reaction?mad.gif She said, you won't even be able to tell the difference. What a noob.biggrin.gif

Thanks to all who helped. I think this is the best way to go. I appreciate all the advice I've been given here. I want to do you all proud that's why I'm not going with a less than ideal setup.

yeah wides should be same/similar towers as your mains. Good call on using your 35B's as heights, I used my monitor30's as heights for a while and they were perfect for the job. get the 65T's or 75T's for your wides. newegg will have them on sale eventually.wink.gif

I agree on the sale. Not in a hurry so I'll just sit back and wait. Thanks for reaffirming my decision. I don't like to do things twice and I don't have the energy to either.smile.gif
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Originally Posted by cr136124 View Post

But I didn't show anything yet..............tongue.gif
When i was on my laptop there was a link that took me to another page that had a ht setup. I thought it was yours, looked like an easy 7 grand went into it at least lol
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Originally Posted by basshead81 View Post

The A4 actually works just fine with my A7's...however if i had the room I would get the A6 center.
Yea i was wondering how much of a difference it would be. Thanks for sharing.
I have to make room for mine
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Originally Posted by enricoclaudio View Post

I hope you enjoy them, Carlos smile.gif They did a good job with my A3s for the last 3 years!!!

Thanks a lot Enrico, I can wait to see the Sanus + A3 combo together!!!

I'm very excited with this 2.1 system and I can't wait to have everything up and running. But, it might be until later today or probably tomorrow (Sunday) as we have a family member visiting us for few days. She is arriving in a couple of hours and I didn't have the chance to put together the speaker wires. That is step number one at this moment.

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Originally Posted by MassConfusion View Post

When i was on my laptop there was a link that took me to another page that had a ht setup. I thought it was yours, looked like an easy 7 grand went into it at least lol


LOL........yeah, the link at the bottom (signature) is for my HT. But, I was referring to this pic:

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Originally Posted by 67jason View Post

yeah wides should be same/similar towers as your mains. Good call on using your 35B's as heights, I used my monitor30's as heights for a while and they were perfect for the job. get the 65T's or 75T's for your wides. newegg will have them on sale eventually.wink.gif

I lacked room for wides and threw in a set of RC85i's as heights awhile back. Fiddled with the different sound formats and settled on DTS:Neo X Cinema for movies and DTS:Neo X music, well for music. IMHO they do add a bit. I would be interested in your analysis.
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Originally Posted by migraine24-7 View Post

I don't think my 35B's will do wides any justice and that's what I have. So my thinking is to get 55T or 65T for wides. If I can get 75T for $199ea like my first pair then I'd even go with those. biggrin.gif

The wife has been warned another set of speakers and amp are already being planned. Her reaction?mad.gif She said, you won't even be able to tell the difference. What a noob.biggrin.gif.

Once you've used bookies for wides and then go towers, the difference will be more than noticeable.

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Originally Posted by 67jason View Post

yeah wides should be same/similar towers as your mains.

Agreed!

Speaking of wides, I had to scratch my plan, would have to invest in new cable, build new cable, new HDMI cable....what a pain. I re-swapped walls and was able to reconfigure my space to keep all four seats (used 3 prior) and using wides on the original wall. It's a tad bit tight, but I've reconfigured my AV cabinet to a basic simple design, so, I'll hook up today and give it a test ride and see how much I'll need to adjust the suspension biggrin.gif

So far today;



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Originally Posted by BIG INJUN CHIEF View Post

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Originally Posted by 67jason View Post

yeah wides should be same/similar towers as your mains. Good call on using your 35B's as heights, I used my monitor30's as heights for a while and they were perfect for the job. get the 65T's or 75T's for your wides. newegg will have them on sale eventually.wink.gif

I lacked room for wides and threw in a set of RC85i's as heights awhile back. Fiddled with the different sound formats and settled on DTS:Neo X Cinema for movies and DTS:Neo X music, well for music. IMHO they do add a bit. I would be interested in your analysis.

I haven't had the opportunity to experience neo x, but I had PLIIz and dsx available to use. I didn't care for dsx heights, but PLIIz was good to my ears with movies. It made my mains seem like they were 12 ft tall the same time the heights didnt call undue attention to themselves. PLIIz was no good for music though, it did really strange things to the soundstage. All in all i really liked heights, but wides are so much more impactful. Id like to try wides and heights at the same time someday.
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Originally Posted by Geoff4RFC View Post

Once you've used bookies for wides and then go towers, the difference will be more than noticeable.
lol Youve spent thousands on electronics. Now you might want to invest in some curtains. smile.gif
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Well, just ordered my A7's and A6
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Originally Posted by Bond 007 View Post

lol Youve spent thousands on electronics. Now you might want to invest in some curtains. smile.gif

Lol, it would appear I could use the upgrade. She's just a renter for now, I have wooden blinds but don't do a whole lot for keeping all the light out.


Running Audyssey, will take final pics
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Originally Posted by MassConfusion View Post

Yea i was wondering how much of a difference it would be. Thanks for sharing. I have to make room for mine

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Originally Posted by MassConfusion View Post

Well, just ordered my A7's and A6


Congrats! You will be pleased.

Had you gone for the A4 instead you would have spent many nights wondering how the A6 might have sounded.

That's how many of us here who started out with "affordable" Monitors or Tsi's ended up with Rti's and Lsi's.
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So far so good. Rocking Lynnard Skynard, imaging great as always. Will demo the new Star Trek here shortly to see how the new arrangement of the surrounds are impacted and the narrow width of my wides. Side note; in previous home set up when wides were used along with dual subs, the width of the set up was 15.5 feet. The current set up sans the subs is just under 12'







Now for clean up and cable mgmt.

Man it's good to hear tunes again. It's been week.
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Originally Posted by RobLee View Post


Congrats! You will be pleased.

Had you gone for the A4 instead you would have spent many nights wondering how the A6 might have sounded.

That's how many of us here who started out with "affordable" Monitors or Tsi's ended up with Rti's and Lsi's.

Yea, i didn't wanna get buyers remorse and wonder "what if", so i figure i just go straight to what my budget allows me to, i'll get a sub and surrounds in a couple months, (in the meantime i'll have to get a new tv stand to hold all this new stuff, new xbox one)

but for now, wires.... any suggestions on whats the best setup???
from what I can tell I should probably go with monoprice 14gauge and banana plugs. umm, any one have any more kind of specifics to share???
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Originally Posted by MassConfusion View Post

Yea, i didn't wanna get buyers remorse and wonder "what if", so i figure i just go straight to what my budget allows me to, i'll get a sub and surrounds in a couple months, (in the meantime i'll have to get a new tv stand to hold all this new stuff, new xbox one)

but for now, wires.... any suggestions on whats the best setup???
from what I can tell I should probably go with monoprice 14gauge and banana plugs. umm, any one have any more kind of specifics to share???

About speaker wires...........what is going to be; blue pill or red pill?


Red Pill! (Click to show)
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Has anyone heard the new CM-10's?
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14Ga should be fine, assuming your wire length will be 10-20 ft or less. Be careful if you order banana plugs from Monoprice. I bought about two dozen that apparently are made for 10-12Ga wire. They won't hold 14Ga wire... there is a large gap where the screw is supposed to bottom out when fully tightened. I ended up having to fold the wire several times to make it stay in. Look for banana plugs specifically for 12-18Ga wire.

And you are already familiar with speaker break-in, right? Don't feel discouraged if your new Rti's sound a little puny at first.
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Originally Posted by RobLee View Post

14Ga should be fine, assuming your wire length will be 10-20 ft or less. Be careful if you order banana plugs from Monoprice. I bought about two dozen that apparently are made for 10-12Ga wire. They won't hold 14Ga wire... there is a large gap where the screw is supposed to bottom out when fully tightened. I ended up having to fold the wire several times to make it stay in. Look for banana plugs specifically for 12-18Ga wire.

And you are already familiar with speaker break-in, right? Don't feel discouraged if your new Rti's sound a little puny at first.

nope, I will not pretend to know anything, lol please let me know what you think I should know,
and thanks for the tip

ps, I'd like to thank everyone for basically holding my hand through this .
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Nothing really you have to "do" except be patient. Play your speakers at reasonable volume for the first month or so. Some people leave them playing while they're at work or otherwise away. Within a few weeks the resilient "springy" materials that suspend the moving parts will loosen up, allowing the drivers to move more freely and therefore better articulate the sounds. Eventually - usually just a few weeks - you will "notice" that they sound better than you remembered them sounding just a few days earlier.

Also resist the temptation to "see how loud they'll go" at first, especially as you are using a smaller amp at first. The Rti's work even better when you can feed them more clean power. By the time you can afford a larger amp, your speakers should be broken in and you will be amazed at how they sound.
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Originally Posted by Geoff4RFC View Post

So far so good. Rocking Lynnard Skynard, imaging great as always. Will demo the new Star Trek here shortly to see how the new arrangement of the surrounds are impacted and the narrow width of my wides. Side note; in previous home set up when wides were used along with dual subs, the width of the set up was 15.5 feet. The current set up sans the subs is just under 12'
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)





Now for clean up and cable mgmt.

Man it's good to hear tunes again. It's been week.

looks good! when i ran my wides the whole set up was just under 10 feet across, cool.gif
you should get another set of 9's and run em as heights!tongue.gif you could start a new trend. biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by MassConfusion View Post

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Originally Posted by RobLee View Post


Congrats! You will be pleased.

Had you gone for the A4 instead you would have spent many nights wondering how the A6 might have sounded.

That's how many of us here who started out with "affordable" Monitors or Tsi's ended up with Rti's and Lsi's.

Yea, i didn't wanna get buyers remorse and wonder "what if", so i figure i just go straight to what my budget allows me to, i'll get a sub and surrounds in a couple months, (in the meantime i'll have to get a new tv stand to hold all this new stuff, new xbox one)

but for now, wires.... any suggestions on whats the best setup???
from what I can tell I should probably go with monoprice 14gauge and banana plugs. umm, any one have any more kind of specifics to share???

here is some good info about wire.

I've had no issues with monoprice stuff. i have some 12 and 14 awg runs. some folk in rare instances have reported the wire corroding in a short time. i have some that has been in use for over 3 years and it still looks bright and regular copper colored. I've also used their banana plug with 12 awg wire with no problems. bluejeans cable is another good source for wire.
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Originally Posted by RobLee View Post

Nothing really you have to "do" except be patient. Play your speakers at reasonable volume for the first month or so. Some people leave them playing while they're at work or otherwise away. Within a few weeks the resilient "springy" materials that suspend the moving parts will loosen up, allowing the drivers to move more freely and therefore better articulate the sounds. Eventually - usually just a few weeks - you will "notice" that they sound better than you remembered them sounding just a few days earlier.

Also resist the temptation to "see how loud they'll go" at first, especially as you are using a smaller amp at first. The Rti's work even better when you can feed them more clean power. By the time you can afford a larger amp, your speakers should be broken in and you will be amazed at how they sound.

cool, i'll make all attempts to resist as much as i can,

so i know an amp would help get the most out of my system, but how necessary would it be? im really new to this and been trying to research just one item at a time, and I haven't done any homework on amps yet.
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