Originally Posted by Paul Scarpelli
The red rosewood is stunning, Mike. I hope you matched the speakers to the correct pedestals, so the grain carries through. They're veneered as a unit, so the grain matches. Also notice the book-matching of the veneer on the fronts and backs; mirror imaged. It takes the veneer guys many days to finish three speakers and three pedestals. I hope you think it was worth the (considerable) upcharge. We actually break even on veneering and veneer matching.
The Gold Center will sound better if you can pack the back of that cavity with open-celled upholstery foam. Maybe find some black or gray remnants and fill the back of the opening up to the back of the speaker, at least. You may have a little chestiness due to the undamped space.
Let us know what these puppies sound like. I think we're all pretty happy for you!
I will look into that foam thing. Is there a way to do that without it being an eyesore? As you can see, the living room is traditional in decor. Maybe some closed cell foam enveloped in some speaker cloth?
I had to raise the upper shelf up as the InRoom Gold Center was much taller than my previous Linbrook center from Tyler Acoustics.
As far as the matching of the veneers, I had seen a photo from a trade show of some speakers in red rosewood but I didnt know what color that was. I emailed Triad (Misty I believe) and asked her what color that was and she said red rosewood. She fedex'd me that veneer sample along with three others. I matched it up against my wood floor which is something called gun-stock from Bruce wood floors and my hometheater cabinet which is like a cordovan color you would see in a penny loafer. Blended perfectly.
By the way, not to sound fruity, but interior decorators will tell you that you do not match furniture anymore. You want everything to be different but still be in the same realm.
When I get down to designing my new home with my dream dedicated media room, I will want wood on the walls, whether it's columns or trim that will be in the same realm as the red rosewood.... stuff like you see in Electronic House magazine.
Yes, I'm using the Parasound Halo A51 amp, which mates well with these speakers. I have not spent tons of time with the speakers so far as I have been so busy but what I have listened too, (Roy Orbison black and white nights, Bourne Ultimatum, The Mavericks live in Austin) has been fantastic.
Last night watched "The King of Kong, a fistful of quarters" and obviously that is nothing to show off a speaker system with, but the dialogue from the center channel is the big key for me. My big reason for choosing the Triad Gold was because I have had serious lobing problems with my previous center channel speakers. This one with the tweeter stacked on top of a mid rather than the others the the traditional MTM designs makes all the difference in the world.
My dealer said that he wanted to come back to calibrate my room because he is going back to Sencore for more advanced training and supposedly some new equipment. We simply used the Audyssey from the Integra 9.8 for now. It all sounds great, the speakers are set to small and crossed over at 80hz as the Integra is THX ultra 2 and the SVS PC-ultra has come to life in this system.
The dynamics of what I'm hearing is amazing. I'm now a big believer in sealed enclosures as there are too many variables when it comes to speakers with ports, particularly in my current room where I do not have the luxury of pulling the mains way out into the room. That is why the Dali Helicon's were axed from my list. They require a minimum of two feet for their rear port to breathe.
As far as the power it takes to drive these speakers, I believe I did the right thing in going from the Butler to the Parasound. The sealed enclosures need all that power, particularly in my room, which is an open floor plan.
The speaker wire I'm using is the Belden 10 gauge terminated with banana plugs from bluejeanscable.
I will post more on the sound as soon as I watch a few more movies that have the right soundtracks. In fact, I have a Netflix envelope in there now with "Family Guy, Blue Harvest", that should do the trick. haha.