Originally Posted by Euphorios
Jon Lane gave me an A2.4 for $50 off and free in home 30 day trial. Im going to test out the A2.4 and if I find it lacklustre which i doubt i would go to emotiva c2 for my next audition. I feel kind of boring if I go 3 A2.4 LCR and move my 2 A1.4 to surrounds. I was looking at some lovely towers but thats overkill and my monolith subwoofer is plenty to cover any bass response needed. Then some people were saying chane A1.4s would be wasted being used as surrounds. So my starter system will be Chane because of the price point and currently my 1900 cubic ft room has great soundstage with just my 2.1 setup. It does lack heavily in dialogue strength unless I turn up my DTS Dialogue level for my L and R. As for crossover points on the AVR I have found I feel 90hz is best. Anybody have a strong case for 80hz or 100hz over 90? My chanes are capable of 40hz and monolith capable of 15hz. Also some crossover the center at 100 or 120hz, I was wondering why because some very low male voices can reach below 100hz. Also would purchasing a umik-1 running REW and doing a sub crawl have more impact then furthering my system to 5.1? I was thinking about doing a middle step and going 3.1 with 2 A1.4s and the A2.4 center and getting a cheaper pair of surrounds to fill the soundstage and directional audio before i can afford to budget out some better fronts to move the A1.4s
The reson I was considering this is because my bedroom has tv too but no system so I was going to move the surround speakers I purchased to hold me over until I can get my goal HT. Also I hear matching rears arent important because timbre matching doesnt affect surrounds as much as fronts. Any advice on cheap surrounds that can be moved to my bedroom speakers to hold me over until my budget allows better?
Thank you friends!
Very nice, can’t beat saving fifty bucks. I highly doubt as well that you will find the A2.4 lackluster but, nevertheless I understand how you feel about not wanting a complete setup. Although I love my LCR I’d never buy two more for surrounds but, they’re like ~$700 a pair so that’s that.
I don’t believe the A1.4’s would be ‘wasted’ per surround duty, especially if you do any multichannel music listening albeit matching surrounds for HT is far less needed. I personally believe the timbre match myth was created by mass speaker companies to sell more of their products.
I could see why you could have some dialogue issues in a 2.1 setup. A phantom center can work but, personally I much prefer a dedicated center channel. Especially for off axis response.
As far as crossover goes, choose whatever sounds the best to you. Somethings are worth listening to when it comes to setup, settings, etc but, if you enjoy a crossover of 90Hz then who cares that 80Hz is universally applied to recommendations. The main reason for 80Hz is that’s a little above where the human ear can start localization of sound. I don’t understand either why anyone would want their center at 100Hz or 120Hz if they’re capable of lower. I thoroughly enjoy the mid bass of my center, I want that ‘chestiness’ of vocals, especially male voices.
If you are happy with your bass & it’s integration I would not yet worry with umik & REW. I’d rather focus on adding a dedicated center channel then maybe afterwards buy a umik.
As far as cheap surrounds I’d look at
Emotiva BasX sats
Monoprice 6” ribbon (idk model # they’re like $50-60)
SVS Prime sats