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  1. Never elevate side surrounds to the ceilings if you can keep from it. Nowadays with Atmos systems, technically the most correct is at ear level and the same height as your mains although they reneged and changed the specs to allow for slightly elevated ones. Typically 1-2' above ear level is what people use. Your average ear height is about 40". The tops of a typical surround being about 5 1/2" high is usually about right, 6' to the tops is getting on up there and is about the highest I'd ever be comfortable with. I wouldn't go higher than that personally. Kind of depends on your angles as well. Dolby has several printouts for both traditional 5.1 as well as newer Atmos systems, I'd read up on those and study the angles / height recommendations.
  2. The problem with a phantom center is when you run into the following situations: 1. center channel only is playing 2. outside mains only are playing 3. center is playing one thing and outside mains are playing something else 4. all 3 front speakers are playing the same thing ... every one of these situations sound exactly the same with a phantom center. It's not ideal. Panning across a wide screen isn't going to work well either. The only time it halfway works is if you have a fairly narrow screen and have one seat in the sweet spot and you're just paying attention to speech that's coming out of the middle. That's about it. Most any other situation kinda sucks.
  3. It's basically about the same thing except the vented tweeter. That thing acts like a port, basically the extreme low end of what the tweeter handles has a little more output, sounds a little thicker, smooths out the crossover region more than anything.
  4. Yeah I had several brand new ones last year. They had a big pile of European ones that we had to convert as explained earlier. Then the parts guys realized what I was doing and cut me off lol. They reserved the rest for warranty replacements. Apparently some were sold that still have an active warranty on them so they're keeping those around to steal parts off of if / when a claim happens.
  5. The _potential_ problem is that it doesn't really work like that. Crossovers aren't a brick wall. Content that is much higher than people realize comes through subs even with proper crossover points. Low male voices and floor toms for example. But, when you combine an internal subwoofer crossover with the internal integrated amp crossover, the slopes are additive, getting you closer to said brick wall. It can sound funny to some, your upper harmonics in music can get robbed, all you get is the lower mushy stuff. Car audio setups actually do use brick wall steep slopes like 24 db/octave at 65 hz I believe, maybe 60, somewhere close to that, but they do so because they take a stereo hip hop recording then boost the bass to high heavens. Most home setups don't have super steep subwoofer slopes. It could potentially work fine but it depends on how well you integrate it.
  6. Yeah you can, but, if you use a splitter or use two inputs you can get more out of the sub. The problem with SVS is that their gain structure is very low, I've heard Klipsch subs are actually about 2.5 times hotter. Basically what this means is that if you get an integrated amp with a weak subwoofer output, no way to boost it, and only use one input, the subwoofer level is often unsatisfactory. Even if you do nothing but put a splitter on the inputs and use both it can help boost it up in this situation.
  7. That's how ground loops act, could be that. To prove or disprove, you can buy a cheap ground loop isolator online for $10-$12, it just goes in-line with your RCA cables. Make sure both units are plugged into the same outlet, sometimes that fixes it.
  8. 50th anniversary of the K-horn at CES. yeah that's the first jubilee. bottom of the page here: https://www.kenkessler.com/hi-fi/natural-born-kessler-1-2/
  9. hard to beat the Halo A23+, even used in the official Klipsch stock pics with cornwalls. Very popular combination.
  10. There is no reason to ever get the cheaper one unless you just simply can never afford the HD but that's probably not the case if we're all honest here. The normal one was literally created to be able to work on USB power. According to a conversation I had with Mark Seaton, they start clipping at like half a volt. Your only saving grace is that Klipsch subs have quite a bit of gain as compared to others such as SVS, so you could keep the levels lower but the gain higher. Realistically speaking the HD is a better unit period.
  11. they re pretty cheap, just buy another set, use one, and keep one as a spare.
  12. ghosts. your house is probably haunted.
  13. upfiring atmos speakers have to adhere to a certain frequency response with certain notches. In other words, it's not flat. This is necessary to pull off the psychoacoustic effect. You take a flat speaker and point it at the ceiling... it's not the same. I'm sure you'll get some cool effects but you're going to be able to localize them more than ones that were designed to do this due to the frequency response.
  14. I've tried to preach this but people still want to mix and match. Like you said, that's on them. But some of the people who want to mix and match are the same ones who don't want to measure anything. Also I've seen situations where people actually do set up two identical amps but the gain wasn't set so it was all wonky and I had to explain all that. I keep half expecting some people to set things up and not realize that the gain isn't set up right. It already happens today. Just wondering how they're going to try to avoid this is all.
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