Originally Posted by slots1
Anyone in the Chicago area that wants to share with me their D2 stories and what equipment they are using. I thought since the center speaker is mainly for dialogue, it would not matter if the big amps are on your left and right speakers. In my case the Thiel 2.3.
I will probably not be set up for another two weeks in the HT. The D2 is in stock but the A5 is on order for delivery end of next week.
Has anyone compared the A5 and A2 with the P5 and P2? Do most of you have a 5.1 or a 7.1 setup? And do you believe the 7.1 is worth the investment, since in most cases it is artifically produced?
I'm not in Chicagoland, but I will share my 7.1 experience. I've gone thru a number of iterations of 5.1, then 7.1 speaker/amp combinations, and have several personal observations that seem relevant to your questions. You may have concluded much of this already, if so just take it as validation of your own opinions. If your experience is different I'd appreciate hearing about it.
- The center *must* have the same tonal characteristics as the L and R, particularly for any music content. I wasn't happy until I had identical L/C/R speakers.
- For most material, the center doesn't require the same HP as the L/R, but some material, e.g. Chicago
or DK Live in Paris
, has just as much, if not more, C music content as does the L and R. I now have a KAV-250a/3 driving L/C/R speakers (500w/ch into my 4 ohm Magnepan 3.6's)
- L/R surrounds don't need quite the same tonal match or power as the L/C/R, but shouldn't be too different. I was very unhappy with the Maggies up front and Def Tech surrounds (huge tonal mismatch), then tried 3.6's for surrounds (identical to L/C/R but overkill), and now have Maggie 1.6's for L/R surrounds which are close enough to the 3.6 L/C/R even though not identical.
- Before commenting on Rear surrounds I need to make the following disclaimer: most (all?) of the material I'm listening to is from a 5.1 source with the rear surrounds being synthesized by the D2. My opinion may change when I get some experience with 7.1 source material being faithfully passed thru the D2 to the rear surrounds. (I think this will require a firmware update to the D2.) In any case, with today's 5.1 to 7.1 synthesized rear content, the speakers are much less critical for tonal match or power. To my ear anyway, their effect is far more subliminal than the side surrounds. Don't take me to mean that they don't make a difference - just that the ear (mine anyway) is far less sensitive to their acoustic fidelity. (I have Magnepan MMGs for now).
- Sub: a properly positioned and equalized sub of high enough quality to reproduce tight bass is more important than the size or number of subs. (but go for both if you have the space and budget) If the sub "booms" you'll notice it all the time, whereas if the sub (gracefully) limits on the 1812 canon shot you'll only miss that occasionally.
Even though slightly OT, I feel compelled to say that acoustic treatment of the room gave me just as much improvement as any change of speaker or amp.