Originally posted by KenWH
Now that I've finished my surrounds and hear how seamless the sound is...I totally suggest using surrounds that match the fronts as much as possible.
I can give you some insite on the subs your looking at also. I have a 4642a which I ran "stock" for about a year. Paired with a qsc plx1602 it is an excellent sounding sub. About two months ago I dropped in some 2242 drivers which are used in the 4645c's into the 4642 cabinent. I would suggest just going with two 4645c's as the drivers are a setup from the ones in the 4642.
Overall I have more output...deeper extension without losing any sound quality after doing the driver swap.
I can't get better advice than that. Actually, I suspected that the 2215/00 speakers would be better sounding than the 8340 surrounds in my system. I was pleased when I found that JBL actually make a cabinet that uses a couple of the same drivers found in the 3632's.......they should be a good match up. I'll run 3 pairs of 2215/00 surrounds using the EV Q44's. The EV Q66's can do duty on the 3632's.......
Great advice on the 4642A vs 4645C too - thanks. I'll go with two 4645C's......
Originally posted by Tom Brennan
I've used both Altec and JBL theater drivers and speakers in my hi-fis and HTs for many years and I prefer the Altec stuff. Modern JBL stuff sacrifices nuance and tonality for broad bandwidth, insane power handling and constant coverage, older JBL stuff often sounds better, mainly the woofers and horns not the compression drivers.
Best I had was a set of Altec A5 VOTs, next in preference were A7-500s. With their model 515 woofers and 1.4" 288 drivers the A5s have a little more heft and ease in the midrange than the A7s with their 416 woofers and 1" 802-902 drivers.
Of course Altec multicell and radial horns sound much nicer than JBL's (or anybody's) constant-directivity horns (IMO). The old Altec "Hollywood" tar-filled multicells are the finest horns I've heard, better than Edgar saladbowls even.
In my new house I'm using Altec 605 Duplex studio monitors as my mains, some A7-500s are in the garage awaiting new paint, then I'll move them into the HT and use the 605s as rears.
No doubt 515s will some day find their way into the 825 VOT cabinets and the 802-511s will someday be replaced with 288s on 1005 multicells, thus do A7s morph into A5s.
Perhaps slightly off topic but what amps are you using to drive the Altec's may I ask? Did you - or do you, run pro amps with these? Given the history you've had with pro cinema speakers, I'm interested to know whether you (or anyone else here) can comment on something I've heard as regards the use of pro amps.
I have been told on more than one occassion that pro amps perform best when they're running hard - by that I mean at higher power output. Apparently, they can have a tendancy to falter or 'power oscillate' at lower volumes..........I'd be interested to hear what you may have found. I never heard this comment made by others on the forum when I was 'shopping' for my pro amps.....but perhaps they all run theirs at full blast........
Originally posted by mysphyt
Prior to the Ref50 I used a low-mid level Denon reciever with an Ebtech unbal/balanced converter to drive the system. The Ref50 with balanced outputs, a full feature set and cleaner sound was a huge step up for me. With that said, I'd think twice about buying the same model today (Series 1) as it has been superceded by the Ref50 S2 and won't support emerging formats.
Would you buy the ref50 S2 to replace your S1 and if you did, how much of the crossover and EQ could be handled by the ref50 S2? Would it negate the need for a Dolby Lake, DBX Drive rack or Rane etc?