Originally Posted by Ranelar
how high do you guys have the mcs130 front speakers setup? I'm trying to figure out what size stands to buy (right now they're sitting on my tv stand, too close together, at about 23" tall). Any suggestion for stands?
I picked up a Boston Horizon MCS 130 package - I figured I'd upgrade my Mom's system since it has a much higher MAF (MAF instead of WAF). Of course I set-up the system to test it out - I'll get to that later. As for stands I would suggest looking at the OmniMount Cosmic 31, They are a steal at http://www.*******.com/ProductDetails.aspx?id=29742
. Get them and fill them with either sand or lead shot - this will make them much more stable. Using these will place the MCS 130 front L+R tweeter at ~38". (just a tad above ear level when sitting in my chair (slightly higher being better than lower IMHO). Granted, exact hight for the L+R is dependant on where your ears are when your sitting in you favorite chair (I always shoot for tweeters at exactly ear level) I have the L+R+C positioned on top of a solid cherry console (70" w x 30" h x 12" d) so that puts the L+R tweeters at 37" and the C tweeter at 33.5". Speakers are positioned so the L+R tweeters are closer to the center of the console and the C has it's tweeter on the "top". Since I don't have an ideal room my rears are 48" and 72" off the floor and even with the front of the back couch cusions (back not seat cusions). They are pointing ~30-35 degrees forward of the back wall.
As for my initial review I need to point out that I'm not getting the maximum output of the sub as it's 1.25' from the front wall and 3' out from the side wall (right up to the right side of my cherry console - I can't get it any closer to the side wall since my M&K MX-125 sub is sitting there). When I first set-up the system I just swapped it part for part with my current system (see bellow) and I was surprised that it sounded fairly good - good enough for Mom that is.
After calibrating with audessy I crossed as follows: L+R+C at 100 MHz, Surounds at 80 MHz and Sub at 120 MHz. I just left the EQ set to the audessy settings. WOW - what a difference that made! I watched parts of Cars, the 300 and a HDNet concert: Son Volt Live - Okemah/Riot. Then I listened to some Casey Chambers - Barracades and Brick Walls, Morphine - Cure For Pain, Jack Johnson - In Between Dreams, India.arie - Acoustic Soul, The The - Dusk and NIN - Pretty hate Machine. Dialoge in 300 was very good, surround "effects" transitioned from back -> front, left -> right etc. very well. One note: in Cars at some points when panning from R->C or L->C there was slightly noticable "transitions". Since the other material didn't have this I'm going to chalk it up to possible master mixing errors amplified by the fact that the R+L are positioned verticaly and the C is horizontal (Given the slight curve to the face of the L+R+C speakers and dispertion patterns being different due to driver placement). The surrounds work well but can be "localize" depending on the source content. This may also be a setup/calibration issue, I haven't fiddeled with them yet to know. Other than that they sound so good that I fear my Wife will want me to box-up my current system that only has a "fair" WAF. The MCS 130, exspecialy in white, has a much higher WAF.
The system I compared it to:
sources: Charter HD cable, PS3 and Sony DVP/NS75H (CD/DVD transport) All sources connected via HDMI to an Onkyo 805.
speakers: M&K MX-125 sub, Boston VR12 center, Boston Micro 130x's as L, R, SR, SL (and two more for SBR, SBL that aren't hooked up yet) I also have years of listening to Boston VR970's as R, L - I just swapped them out for the Micro 130x's due to a nagging WAF)