Originally Posted by swim2lakes
Thanks for all this help.
I guess I will forego the sweet deal on the beautiful Bos. Ac center, and take much of the generous advice given herein. ( I brought the BA center home on contingency from a store going out of business- and since I didn't return it w/in 24 hours it might already be mine...)
Since I am unwilling to change husbands, I have to be mindful of what I do. ( Am I a lone female in this boy's club here??)
- I immediately pulled forward the mains ( and will watch them creep back via DH )
- I am going to get a different center, one recommended here ( but NOT the airmotiv-C1 which IS hideous IMO)
- Going to do something immediately to replace the JBL rears
- re-considering my refusal to get a sub..
Ack.. the sub issue is one that I fear. I understand that crossover, placement, etc are important and a sub could degrade sound if I am not careful . That is above my knowledge level/pay grade. I hope the folks here will help me. Price is VERY important
FYI I have attached a photo of how I currently have the receiver set up wrt levels. As I said, dynamic compression is on.. so I don't think there is anymore I can do with what I have, except some placement changes.
The paintings behind the sofa do not have glass. Oil on canvas ( done by my amateur 91 y.o. mom who took up the hobby just a few years ago). Room is mostly soft. Picture window has insulated curtains.
And yes, I was upset AF when he "donated" *MY* "stuff", and moved my LP's and CD's out of the room.
OTOH, he now has a terminal diagnosis, and I am disabled, so we have bigger issues. But since our world is so much smaller, quality of life ( sound, textures, thread count, etc), matters and that is how I justify this frivolity/indulgence.
Hardly a frivolity or indulgence. It's a basic necessity of life! Ask anyone here!
How married are you to the Advents? If you get a sub, you could move them to the back as surrounds and get small bookshelf or narrow towers for your front stage, giving you the ability to move them forward without putting them in the walkway. Having the face of your front speaker in front of the front of that furniture will give substantial benefits to your listening. Do what you have to, to accomplish that.
As to the sub, this has been getting good reviews here, and is a bargain at it's current price. There are better subs, but they start at $400 and go up (some way up) from there.
Not said yet, but a sub can also be a huge benefit, placed and tuned properly, especially with your current speakers shoved up against the intersection of the wall and side of the furniture (a recipe for muddy bass, among other audible nasties).
If you own the BA speaker now, you could try it out and see what you get. It will certainly be an upgrade over the K. Of course, if you don't keep it, selling an unopened box may get you a couple of extra dollars on the secondary market.
The center channel resides in a cubby-hole, so no rear-ported centers, only sealed or front ported on your list of possibles (size clearly an issue, as well). Pull the center all way to the front of the cabined, such that the front slightly overhangs the front lip of the furniture. The center should have small rubber feet to decouple it from the furniture, as well.
What do you envision for the rear speakers? Placement? Are you selling the current speakers?
Oh, and although you are not alone here, being of the female gender is seen rarely in these parts. I often wonder how many folks here ARE female, but don't identify themselves as such, for whatever reason.
Your Mom is talented. Does she have any pumpkins?