Originally Posted by bennyjammin
Are your salon 2’s bass managed? Mine are croosed over at 80hz in both home theater and 2-channel listening (with a JL CR-1 for 2-channel). I’ve always been curious to what degree the “power hungriness” of Salons is reduced when subs take the load below 80hz. I like my JC 1s, but not the heat they put out. Always wondered how they would do with a lower powered stereo amp considering they are bass managed and that should in theory make them more efficient. Interested to hear your results comparing one vs two bi-amped/bridged AHB2’s driving your salons.
For me, the question has REQ and to some extent PEQ always been a cost/benefit. With Dirac, I tried setting the curtain at 25Hz and found that there was a very clear change in the imaging between and clarity with Dirac engaged. Less so, with PEQ engaged.
The XMC-1 S/N in Stereo Reference mode (volume control only) is 123 dB (A weighted). With processing engaged, it is 106 dB (A weighted).
I am blessed with a very good room (it has been measured). As a result, I run both movies and music full range.
If you measure a typical room with a program like REW, you will likely see huge swings in response above the transition frequency.
In 1/2 hour, I was able to flatten the base using REW and the XMC-1 PEQ. In the end, I felt it was not dramatic enough.
Currently, I am using a single AHB2 to drive the Salon2's but I did a quick experiment using the clip indicators and disconnecting the bass section. The difference was 1 dB. So, if you are looking for power efficiency, this is not the way. I have not clipped the AHB2 watching movies that are a loud as I want them.
Additional AHB2's are on order.