Originally Posted by bebop86
If you are going to use 2 subs can the Rives Parc handle both subs?? with my Meridian 861-4.2- would I be better off using the parc or 2 SMS-1-?? thanks gary
The SMS-1 allows you to connect one sub balanced or three subs single-ended!!!
Anthony Grimani,noted acoustics expert, states that you should only use one sub. I now agree - although you can place multiple subs chained if your subs allow it. So I use three Aerial subs - thanks to the SMS-1, I just placed them
side by side about 10 inches off the front screen wall to the left of my Aerial CC5 center speaker. WOW! The frequency response is so smooth that I don't even need the SMS-1in my system. I used the SMS-1 to boost by 2 dB at 16, 20 and 32 Hz only, as some reviews I read suggested raising level only that much, if at all, as otherwise sub amps may clip some. So I really don't even need to keep the SMS-1 connected. Even if one doesn't keep it in the system, what a fantastic objective diagnostic tool it is!!!
Initially I retained my prior sub placement, inside both front Aerial 10Ts and
the third sub by the front screen wall to the left of the center CC5 speaker.
I reversed phase on the front right sub but I still had some irregularities I didn't like. So this AM I did the heavy work moving an Aerial sub to my listening position, and then moving all 3 Aerial subs side by side as discussed above.
For Theta Compli SACD and DVD-Audio, and Toshiba HD DVD, using multi-channel analog outs and Theta Six Shooter, I ended up keeping Compli internal analog speaker settings on "large" (I tried "small", but the SACD sub output sound level is way way too low this way and doesn't sound right, so kept large, and sounds fantastic), and for HD DVD tried "small" with 80 Hz crossover and sound lacked dynamics so kept "large". The above SMS-1 setup seems to sound fantastic with all sources although I will certainly as time goes perhaps play with it some and fine tune per source.
Steely Dan "Gaucho" multi-channel SACD never ever sounded so good!!!
I can play it up all the way if I want on the CB3 volume and its so loud but so live without strain!!! Unreal. Watched "Lucky Slevin" (or something like that, with Bruce Willis) on DVD and the dynamics were breathtaking, easily better than ever.
Watched the past few episodes of "Lost" and never sounded as good or dynamic.
I don't have frequency response problems above 100 Hz. Below that level, I had the not untypical low bass problems one has in placing stereo or multiple speakers for excellent imaging. The SMS-1 provides an easy way to diagnose, properly place subs, and correct the "minor" resulting discrepancies and then you can sell the SMS-1 if you like, or keep it to impress folks.
I don't know if the Rives Parc gives you the ease of an on screen display, microphone, etc. that makes the SMS-1 so darn easy, and relatively cheap, to use.