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  1. daddyo

    Soundbars

    not much love for soundbar ??? on this site. I had a question about 2 weeks ago and zip response as well
  2. Can I get better sound quality (esp dialogue) from a passive or an active sound bar ? Comments and recommendations ?
  3. One other point, you might want to hold off on specific brand speakers until you get in the house and can hook them up. Most companies provide a 30-day return period and you can take advantage of this in order to try your selection out in your space. Chances are you will like them regardless but always good to leave an "escape" route if possible.
  4. I'm in exactly the same boat with new home. The combinations for an audio setup are seemingly endless. Also, the technology changes over time and you'll want to allow for this, if possible, as well. For $10k you can do a pretty good job however and it sounds like your contractor will be able to help advise you. For now, just concept your future needs and use that to get your wiring right. Speaker placement is important and don't forget the control wiring too. You have an advantage of having a basement and you may also want to have a way to run future wiring between your basement and your attic (via a conduit). Make provisions to have wires (unless wireless) run out to your patio for at least two speakers, these are always difficult to run later. Then it's a matter of how many zones that you may want throughout your house (unless wireless). After all these decisions you can begin the search for the "right" specific speakers for your listening pleasure. By the way, Crutchfield has a couple of great listening rooms within about 2 hours of DC in Va. but there must be others closer to you as well.
  5. BTW, my baseline is a Def Tech Procinema 600 5.1 HT in a slightly smaller space. Works ok for me but I'd like a bit more dialogue clarity (hi-freq) and hoping that the Klipsch horns would provide this. Similar sized drivers in the DT 600 but I would expect the Klipsch bipolar surrounds will be a big step up
  6. Thinking about using a passive sound bar, Klipsch 440D, as the L/C/R for a 5.1 surround system in new house. 14x14x9 listening room with MLP about 9 ft from L/C/R. Bipolar surrounds. Hsu sub and Yamaha Aventage avr. Movies/TV about 80%. It seems that the tradeoff is L/R spacing and smaller drivers but benefiting from a relatively clean, neat front. The 20% music is mostly soft rock. I'm thinking that the 30 day return oprion gives me a chance to try it and if not happy then replace the bar with a proper L/C/R. Am I way off base with this approach ?
  7. New home, new 5.1 (or 5.2) HT opportunity. Issue is that new L/C/R speakers must go into a built-in bookshelf surrounding TV. Speakers can be placed about 7 ft apart and at ear level but will be on a 12" deep shelf and surrounded by a cell with side walls and a top (some flexibility in cell size but not depth). Listening area is 15x15x10 and open to a larger space. Surround speakers will be in-ceiling. 80% HT, 20% soft rock music. Dialogue clarity is very important but loudness is not. Prefer to keep Yamaha Aventage 660 avr (80wpc). For this application, am I better off using the RB81's with the front ports or the RP160's ? Other tips ?
  8. I agree, plus using them as designed whereas the BS would be less than ideal application. Also would be able to use identical L/C/R speakers. In all cases, surrounds will need to be ceiling but most in-wall manuf. also have matching ceiling line.
  9. W - under construction but see below for similar concept. Mine will be narrower and deeper with side shelves about 10" wide. Another possibility is to box in the side shelves and install in-wall speakers and then use a similar box for the cc.
  10. My new 5.1 setup will require front (L/C/R) speakers be placed in a built-in bookshelf enclosure around the TV. Not only will the speakers be on a shelf but in a "cave" cubicle. The cubicle will be approx. 18"x10"x14" (HxWxD) for L/R and speakers can be pulled out to edge. Should I only consider front ports for this application ? Would lining the cave with acoustic material help or using a bung on rear ported speakers work (I will use a sub or 2) as an alternative ? Front ported BS speaker options are somewhat limited but Klipsch does offer the RB's (61/81 II's). Are these a good choice ? Ceiling speakers or perhaps wall speakers in the same cave cubicles are other possibilities. Comments ?
  11. I upgraded my dell OEM computer speakers to the Klipsch Pro Media 2.1 this year and am amazed at the difference. I always thought the dells were pretty good until I started using a headset with my computer. With the Klipsch, they match the head set pretty well. Even though it's a bit of apples/oranges that experience got me looking at the Klipsch line for our new house.
  12. Great feedback on working the room for acoustics and I have more investigation to go in this area. I'm also a bit smarter on the logic of having 3 identical front speakers vs a center channel. 2-way vs 3-way is another consideration. What about tweeter technology ? ie differences expected in dialogue due to horns, domes, ribbons, etc ?
  13. I'm not an expert but wired my media room about a year ago and did learn a few things that may help you. Theoretically, you can use 16 gauge for those runs but "bigger is always better" or so they say. I used 14 gauge wire. After much research, bought everything from Monoprice and was happy with the service (except for one roll of wire which wasn't what I ordered) and price. One word of caution, be sure everything accepts 12 g wire. That's pretty big. My stuff was ok but bananas and some terminals were marginal with 14 g.
  14. Robo - very interesting and thought-provoking comments. I was aware that new space is going to be a challenge to deal with since it is very open, high ceilings, hard floors, and various architectural features to deal with. I had gone as far as considering some sort of area rug in the listening zone but not to think about how the positioning of furniture might impact the audio. Obvious sound panels are not going to be approved by the "higher authority" but drapes, chairs, rugs, and/or sofas might get passes. Good inputs - thanks.
  15. Thanks K5SS. Are you coming from the issues of having a horizontal M-T-M arrangement for the center or just the natural tonal balance of 3 identical front speakers ? The esthetics/placement of that vertical center may be a problem to me (or wife). My approach was to try to maximize the center and then pair up the L/R to the center. Pls elaborate a bit more.
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