Originally Posted by asarose247
good looking clean tight work
what paint for the CC?. I used the black Rit dye treatment for the 8's in my 88 Special
any plans to move LR into the inner portions of the "bookcase" for a listen EQ session to with less separation?
Thanks, I'm ok with how the finish came out considering how much time and effort I was willing to put into the project. Far from perfect, but they look perfect from a few feet away and back. It's all I have time for. I sprayed the woofers and waveguide with Rustoleum matte black spray paint. I'm 85% happy with the result...the woofer cone is a little splotchy looking but overall I'm happy with the more uniform appearance this gave to the drivers and waveguide. I think it matches up reasonably well with the HTM-8's.
As far as moving the L/R into the inner section on the bookcase, its not out of the question but I hadn't thought about it much. Was hard for me to form an opinion about them Saturday night when I first finished them and hooked them up without room correction and setting up the subs. Very hard to compare sound quality since they don't play low and my previous bookshelf setup sounded extremely good crossed to great subs.
I can say that the center channel was *noticeably* louder and more forward than the L/R, which it should since sensitivity is 98.5dB vs 94dB. When switching from stereo to multi channel initially this did not sound good at all, as the center completely took over and was in your face.
Finally ran Audysey Sunday evening. Couple of interesting results. It set the center channel 4.5 dB lower than the L/R, so excellent correlation with the 94 and 98.5 dB rating of the speakers. Audysey set the crossover for all three at 40 Hz! Initial sweeps without eq revealed that these speakers in my room would indeed be completely flat to 50Hz or so but rolling off quickly below that point. I actually have a substantial hump in the response from 50-200 Hz which of course will be easy for Audysey to smooth out. Here is a quick and dirty first sweep of the Right speaker with no eq from one position on the couch. I know it doesn't tell a lot but its all I have for now. I think it actually looks pretty good for just plopping the speaker into my bookshelf jammed into a corner and running a sweep.
Listening impressions. Once I got the LCR setup with Audysey and a quick and dirty(good but not ideal) sub eq, I did some listening and so far very happy with the results. Subjective impressions can certainly be difficult to gauge accurately as we know, but so far they seem to sound VERY good all the way up to reference and perhaps a bit higher. I didn't do enough listening to really tell where distortion started to set in but I think it is somewhere north of reference. I need some good quality songs/recordings to test it out a bit more. Ran a few movie clips and sounds good. Watched Game of Thrones finale at reference and it was not loud or harsh in the slightest even with a group of 7 who are not home theater buffs. The theme song at the end of the episode played and it was comfortably loud, filled the room with excellent dynamics, sounded big. Didn't seem overly loud until people tried to talk and it was difficult to hear over. So excellent clarity and easy to listen at this level although I do feel it was very quiet at reference compared to the average action movie Blu-Ray(OHF was crazy loud).
The plan now will be to do a lot more measurements, try to show the speaker response after Audysey smoothes out the low end, and maybe get an idea of the average response across all seating. Also would like to do some distortion sweeps up to reference.