Originally Posted by undsioux7
Just received a pair of rf-62 ii's! Starting to piece together a HT system that will replace all of my quiintet iii 5.1 (synergy 10 sub) speakers and so far so good! I moved my L/R quintets to the back for 7.1. I can tell already its going to be hard to wait to save up for the rc-62 ii center, hsu hb-3 mk4 sub and 4 rb-61 ii's for surrounds!
I have a denon 1913 running them and re-ran audyssey, but they don't seem as loud at the same volume level as when I had all quintets running. Is this because the rf's are so much bigger then the quintets and are being leveled so they don't overpower the quintets?
Yes . . . Audyssey is "dumbing down" the high efficiency RFs . . . My suggestion . . . Until you get a sufficient center,at,least, is to run Audyssey with only the RFs connected. Then, reconnect the rest,and make level adjustments by ear to your liking from primary seating position. Don't bother using an spl meter, unless you already have one . . . Save your money for a center upgrade.
Audyssey is fantastic for eq'ing, but the disparity in size and differential in efficiencies of your,varied speakers just is not going to be overcome easily.
The bottomline, your quintets are no match for your Rf-62s . . . So, not enjoying the full capabilities your RF62s is the cost of an unmatched center and surrounds. You will just have to tolerate it, at least until you get a center that can keep up with the RF62s.
As well, there is not a really any sustained bass in an RF62 II; the 6.5" woofers that maybe reach down to 35hz, but only if do not have the crossover on the Denon set above that number and have the RF 62s set to Large. Ideally, for HT, you want to have a dedicated sub that goes lower, and set the RF62s to small on the Denon with the crossover point set to around 80hz.
If you really want to hear what your RF62s are capable of, put your Denon into two channel mode (not 2.1, do not include the smallish synergy 10 sub) making sure you have set the RF62s as large and a crossover point lower than 35hz, then with volume level low, put on your favorite Cd or vinyl album, and listen . . . Turning up the volume as you please. Now you will know what the RF62s are really capable of.
The problem you are experiencing is mismatched speakers. Your weakest speakers will become the primary determining factor when You run Audyseey.
You will definitely want to check out here,on AVS Forum the official Denon thread for your receiver and the official Audyseey thread as well.
Some people who upgrade only the fronts to a more powerful Klipsch speaker mistakenly think Audyseey will magically turn their smaller center, surrounds, and sub into something they are not . . . More,powerful. Audyseey is an outstanding eq'ing feature, but it automatically calculates and sets the listening for all of the speakers attached, finding the maximal setting for the weakest speaker connected, and eq'ing the more powerful speakers (most,often down), finding the maximal,setting in which the weakest speaker can find room to be heard for Ht.
With your current mismatch, your best result will be 2 channel music listening with the RF62s. For HT, you are just going to have to live with whatever result you can tolerate until you build with a matching center, then a great sub, then matching surrounds.
that is how many of us have to do it . . . Build one link in the chain at a time. The most important of all for HT, is the soundstage (two fronts and the center) where most of the HT listening is to be had. Mthen the sub, for all of those concussive explosions, then the side surrounds, and finally the rear bookshelves to catch the little nuances.
as you upgrade the center, subs, and surrounds, consider pre-owned., you can often get some great deals from people who themselves are upgrading.
All of this? just IMHO.
Congrats on your new RF62 IIs . . . A great speaker for HT!
Edited by Rhetor - 2/14/13 at 2:13pm