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    402/K-691 JubScala IIs + Paradigm Seismic 110 x 2, powered by Yamaha MX-D1 x 2, EQ'd by Electro-Voice Dx38, controlled by Yamaha RX-A2060, fed by Technics SL-1210M5G, Panasonic DMP-UB900 & Yamaha DVD-S550

    6.2 Surround: above plus Belle (centre front), La Scalas (left and right surround), Heresy III (centre rear)

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  1. If your Aventage 1080 has two sub outputs, check in the menu to confirm whether you have the correct sub enabled. When I got my Aventage 2060 a few years ago, I couldn't get the sub to work, so I called Yamaha Music Canada for help. I had the Rear/#2 sub enabled when it should have been Front/#1. Also, there's a setting marked Extra Bass. That has to be On for you sub amp to see a signal. If these suggestions don't work, why not call Yamaha's service/customer support department? They know their equipment best and can do the best job of helping you get set up properly.
  2. That would depend on the characteristics of the speakers that the subwoofer is working with. Some speakers have useful output down to a relatively low point, so the accompanying subwoofer crossover point should be set fairly low, while if the speaker’s useful low limit is not that low, the sub rolloff should be set to suit that. Since the frequency response of both speakers and subwoofers does not cut off sharply, you need to set the crossover point to allow a certain amount of overlap. This will avoid having a dip at the crossover point, where both the speaker and sub will be down by 3 or 4 dB. If you have a sound level meter (an SPL meter) and a test CD, you can check the combined output of your main speakers and your sub, and adjust the sub’s high frequency cutoff to give the smoothest bass response, with the minimum of dips and peaks. You won’t get perfection, but when you’ve got it as good as you can, it’s time to put away the test equipment and just enjoy your music. Welcome to the Forum and happy listening!
  3. That’s a pretty big room, and it will take big speakers to jiggle all that air. How high is your ceiling? That matters too. Your room encloses many cubic feet of air. Trying to make small speakers do the job is asking too much from them. As other members suggested, a pair of bigger speakers like La Scalas, Klipschorns, or Cornwalls, are what you need. If you get subwoofers, get at least 12” models, and 15” models would not be too much. If you have the budget for a system like that, you could have some really big/realistic sound, sound that’s hard to produce in a smaller room. Good luck!
  4. Two things: first, music recorded to sound good in a moving car with the standard car radios of the Sixties had to be compressed to overcome the road noise, wind noise, tire noise, engine noise, and so on. The treble would be boosted for the same reason. Play this kind of recording on a highly resolving system may kind of kill your teenage memories of enjoying it. Or not. Brown Eyed Girl will always sound great, whatever you play it on. Six years ago, when I bought a minivan with the factory premium sound system (9 Infinity speakers, an 8-inch subwoofer in the rearmost left-side panel, in the "trunk" area, and a 500-watt amplifier), I wondered why the low bass wasn't there, why the sub seemed to be inoperative. After a bit of experimenting with the EQ (boosting the bass a lot, and the treble a bit as well), I got the system sounding as I first expected it should, which was not bad. My theory is that the system was set up to sound good while the kids in the second row were listening to movies that were playing on the little 9-inch screen that swivels down from the ceiling, without having to go to high volume levels. This would make clear vocals the primary objective, with the bass attenuated because it wouldn't appeal to many of the passengers, especially the grumpier older ones. With all the EQ sliders set in the middle, that's what the system put out. With the 3 sliders (bass, mid, treble) set closer to their extremes, the tonal balance is now similar to what I get with my home system with the tone controls defeated. Second, this "too transparent" thing only seems to come up with audio. Have you ever heard someone complain that their TV is too clear, that it's too easy to see everything that's going on in a movie, making it distracting from the main action? Yes, when HD TV first arrived, a few people grumbled that the familiar faces they'd become accustomed to now seemed to have skin problems they'd never noticed before, but people soon got used to the new reality, or the new approximation of reality. Now, HD is obsolete, since nearly all new TVs are 4K, even low-end models, and 8K models are showing up in AV stores. In 2009, a big 4K set cost $25,000, but now you can get a 4K set for under $500. 8K? Samsung has an 85-inch model for $9,000. How long until they're down to $900 for smaller models? It's clear that people want more clarity in their TVs, and sound bars are a popular add-on, so the built-in speakers, even the ones with "subwoofers", no longer meet buyers' expectations. "Less clarity, please" is no longer heard in TV showrooms, and it's very rarely heard in audio showrooms. Give me high resolution, the higher the better, in audio as well as video!
  5. Not so, if the coffee was from MacDonald's take-out...
  6. The 2-piece cabinet makes moving them quite a bit easier. The HF cabinet might be the heavier part. When a friend and I repositioned my LS2s a month ago, I was really surprised to feel how heavy the top cabinets were. If the cabinets were a 1-piece unit, it would make moving them really difficult. To get the idea, set a pair of 25-pound barbell plates on top of a first-gen La Scala, lose the flat bottom and steel button feet, and then try shifting them. All told, though, the improvement in looks over the early versions of the original La Scalas is hard to overstate. To my eyes, the 3/4" panels or the originals somehow look a bit too thin when they meet the top section, while the 1" panels of the LS2s look just right. As well, the Furniture Grade finish of the LS2s is so much better looking than the Utility finish of the earlier ones. I don't include the later (post-1980 or 1990?) models of the originals, because they do look like they belong in a living room, instead of on stage or behind the sofa. Of course, this is how they look to me. Your personal La Scalas may look exactly right to you. I feel lucky to have both varieties.
  7. A higher output phono preamp might solve your problem, since the low output from your phono cartridge seems to make the low volume issue more noticeable.
  8. It’s a treat to see a pair of “blondies”, since most older La Scalas are black versions. Nice speakers you have.
  9. Wow! That was an amazing deal! Get your cash ready and check Audiogon, usaudiomart.com, usaaudiomart.com, and any other audio sales site you can think of. Check them every day, and don’t miss the next pair that shows up at a great price, even if it’s not as amazing as that one you missed. Saving thousands of dollars on super speakers is a bit of work, but when you get your speakers, you’ll find (and can calculate) that it was time very well spent. As for personal experience, I have original La Scalas and La Scala IIs, with both pairs in the same system (the original Scalas were my main speakers until I got the LS2s, and now they’re my surround speakers). The LS2s were a clear improvement over the old boys, both in sound and in appearance. The AL5s are similar in appearance, but it should be easy to hear the difference between them and the La Scala IIs, one would think. Hopefully, a few members will have heard them both and will comment soon. Happy hunting!
  10. You know they're starting to accept you when you're invite into their den to hang out for a bit, maybe share some steaks and chew the fat, that sort of thing. Speaking for myself, I don't invite just anyone into my den, so there you go.
  11. Who would want a cut, especially if it's off a six incher? How much would that leave? He couldn't even blame it on shrinkage.
  12. Have you noticed how the TV manufacturers are covering their arses by describing their TVs in terms of "class", as in "This TV is 55" class", or 65" class.", or whatever? That way, if the screen winds up just a bit undersize, or if some troublemaker hoping to sue and make his fortune finds a way to measure the screens so they appear to be undersize, they can just respond, "We said it was 55 inch CLASS, not actual size. So F off, wanker!" I may have approximated that last bit.
  13. Well, all my subs are on tables or the like. I figure that if I keep the deep bass to myself, it will be appreciated. Oh, now I get it. You're referring to the Brown Note, from South Park, of course. I'd be doing them a favour in that case.
  14. If you really want to spend some money, update your Heresy IIs to Heresy IIIs. Klipsch used to sell the kits for around $300 per speaker. These can only be fitted if you have the square connector cups, since the new crossover is on a new square pocket. The kit includes everything needed to make your speakers Heresy IIIs. That way, you'll not only have new caps and woofers, you'll have whole new crossovers, and much more. Installation is straightforward, and should take an hour or so. No soldering is required, it's just a parts swap. Also, the sensitivity goes up, from 97 dB/W/m to 99, and the lower bass response limit goes down, from 63 Hz to 59 Hz. You can hear the differences immediately, and your speakers are still totally Klipsch. Highly recommended!
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