I'm kinda new here, but have been reading posts of this forum for ages, thought I'd join to try to find the best way to get the max out of my
beloved gear !!!
Here's my concern:
I've been owning RF7 (1st gen) for many years. I used to drive them with Audio research LS2 préamp + Audio Research V70 amp (tubes).
I know drive them (for the last year or so) with an awesome Class D Audio SDS470 (2 x 300W RMS @ 8 ohms) and am really pleased with
the Stereo setup. I listen to everything but classic and opera, but mostly blues, bluegrass, folk, acoustic, jazz...
I recently got an awesome deal on a center KLF-C7 + RS3 surrounds (almost for free). I had a couple Rotel RB850 amps in my cellar and
now use them to power the center C7 with one of them in bridged mono and the surrounds RS3 with the the other one. Sofar, so good...
I just got a R115SW sub to complete my system to a real 5.1 setup.
Everything is driven from my PC through an ASUS Xonar STXII Essence 7.1 soundcard. On the soundcard interface, I can setup front, center,
surrounds seperately to "Small" or "Large" and there's a general setting for the LFE crossover frequency.
MY QUESTION: what's the best setting ?
Sofar I set the center KLF-C7 (response 75-20000 Hz) as "small", the RS3 (response 49-20000 Hz) as "small", and the RF7 (32-20000 Hz) as "large"
with the soundcard crossover setting at 75Hz and use the same 75Hz setting on the sub... I have good bass but the addition of the sub somehow
lets me a bit disappointed...
Should I set the RF7s as "small" also ? I tried, but now I feel like I'm missing some bass... the bass on my RF7 (especially with the great classD
2x300W amp) in the primary setup is punchy and deep, I feel it's quite a waste to cut them below 75Hz... Should I still set them as "small" and then
maybe crank up the volume a bit higher on the sub ? do you think that would make more sense ?
I'm actually also in the process (dunno if it'll work or not) of trading my old 110V Audio Research tube pre+amp (I live in France and 110V gear suffers
from going through a 220v->110V line conversion) with a mint pair of Klipsch Chorus (1st gen, with Electrovoice 15" woofer and bass reflex design).
Do you think it might be wise to replace the RF7s with the Chorus ? The benefits from the sub might be more obvious ?? A pair of KLF30 might be
in sight too...I would have to sell my Martin Logans but I don't uses them much anymore, I'm listening louder and louder since I started to take the
Klipsch road !!
These are my general considerations about my growing gear and I'd be glad to have some wise advice from guys who know well this kinda stuff !!!
Thanks in advance for you thoughts/advices