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  1. I just did my calibration on the Denon 4500H + Emotiva xpa 5 gen3 and when the volume is moderate I feel like I need to edit the calibration settings to turn up the center channel and turn down the rears. However when the volume is turned up for like a movie, I then feel like the center needs to be re adjusted again. So what level of volume does Audyssey recommend for movie viewing when it does its calibration? In my room almost all the speakers get -5 or -7db with the exception of the atmos and sub. Tv listening is usually around a 45 or 50. Movie is 60 - 65 max and then it starts to shake the whole house. Thanks for any help! Cheers, Spencer
  2. I think it's more of the high frequency hiss because it comes out of the tweeter. I can't hear anything coming from the copper cone in the speaker... Of course this is when my ear is right up on the speaker, but when I move a foot away I can't hear it. Obviously not a realistic scenario but you know us audiophiles! Thanks for the help @wuzzzer
  3. Hey all, I just got my new system hooked up: Denon 4500h, Emotiva XPA-5 Gen3, 11 speakers - no sub yet. I have the 3 front speakers + 2 surrounds coming from the amp, the rest are hooked up through the AVR. I'm watching game of thrones streaming through laptop -> chromecast and noticed a slight hum the the 2 surround speakers (rp - 500's). Only noticeable if there is a quiet scene and year head is next to the speaker. The front speakers have no hum I can hear. Any ideas what is going on? Thanks, Spencer
  4. Well I just installed my new Denon 4500H receiver, an Emotiva XPA-5 Gen3 amp, with 4 atmos speakers "mounted" in the front and rear of the room. I have an 11 speaker setup right now total with no sub yet. I just watched BladeRunner 2049 4kUHD and DAMN! Atmos does work pretty well, I didn't even try up firing as I have vaulted ceilings. I also setup the calibrated speaker EQ with Denon. I will admit this is my first major system and first atmos system, but during some of the scenes the sound really does go all around you. An echo for example in a hallway doesn't just echo to the side, it's above you as well - crazy.
  5. If you don't want to hang from the ceiling I would still try and put them up on the wall about 2ft above the MLP. So on the left you might want to remove the picture frames. On the right I would put it above the lamp and just mount it to the wall. Klipsch I think recommends 502's be above the ear to really help hide where the speaker is located. Then you will just need to run your EQ wizard to account for the new speaker positions, cus the left will be a little further away than the right from the MLP.
  6. If it was me I would move the Rears up a few feet to basically the back of the couch, just before the door/opening to the left of the couch. I would also hang them from the ceiling pointing down at the MLP. It won't be directly to the left and right of the couch, slightly behind, but close enough I think. Ideally upgrade to a 7.1 system, leave the rears and add 502's just a bit in front of the main couch. Something like the image attached
  7. What STC class rating are you trying to get?
  8. @jordan122345 - I ended up going 502s for both my rears and rear side surrounds because my couch in my current setup is right next to the wall behind it, and to the side. If I had more space behind me, like 5ft - I would have gone with the 500m or 600m. Side note - @MetropolisLakeOutfitters hooked me up with my speakers. Great service and prices! Hope this helps!
  9. Streaming + compression is pretty darn close to 4k, but if you have a nice system you can usually tell both in audio and video. Just watch some of the apple 4k reviews vs. blu-ray on youtube. I agree though it's a dying medium for sure, especially with 5g right around the corner - you can kiss blu-rays goodbye. Download a blu-ray in like 20s if you have a good connection.
  10. @PK09 - So awesome man! I think you'd notice a difference once you turn up the volume with and without it. That would be my guess anyways - I have yet to get my amp in the mail yet. I'll have more for you when I get mine - maybe it will help, maybe not. As for the amp assignment question to the speakers, I think if you are hearing audio it means you hooked it up right lol. If you want to test watts per channel, I think you will need a multimeter to do that. Here is a video I googled that came up - it might work. I think you just need to touch the red and black ends of the multimeter to the amp for one speaker channel and see what the results are. You could do the same for the receiver as well...
  11. Ok thanks @jordan122345 - Yea he didn't want to go less than 1400 so I just didn't buy it. Thanks for your help! I'll just buy new at that point, but I didn't know about audigon so thank you for that link too.
  12. Thank you so much! I'm building almost the exact system as well so I can't wait to get mine up and running with an Emotiva amp as well! I found an exp-5 gen 3 for sale that interests me, seller is asking 1450 for , reg price is 1599.00. He says it was used twice, what do you think thats worth? Is that a fair price? Cheers, Spencer
  13. @jordan122345 Really cool setup! Where did you end up getting your Emotiva amp? I'm in the market for one and wouldn't mind getting a used one. Thanks, Spencer
  14. @314carpenter Alright Here is a drawing of my cabinet with modded fans installed - wondering what airflow pattern will be best to use? Thank you for your opinions!
  15. Ok this is what I'm gonna use - that way I can just plug my fans in and good to go: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071FNN9W7/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Here are the 4 fans I own already: https://www.amazon.com/Noctua-NF-F12-PWM-4-Pin-Premium/dp/B00650P2ZC/ref=sr_1_4?crid=20O4FJJD8HKD0&keywords=noctua+120mm+fan&qid=1553825777&s=electronics&sprefix=noctu%2Celectronics%2C148&sr=1-4 I'm gonna sound test these after they are running because if I remember - they should be more quite than the AC Infinity fans.
  16. @314carpenter I tried that and I have to manually push the fan to get it to spin....I don't think the 5v is enough to get the fan to start moving....
  17. So I had some extra PC fans but they only connect using a 3-pin connector and the fan is 12v. However I want to connect it via USB and thats about 5v - anyone know of a way to convert that so I can make use of my expensive fans?
  18. @JohnA I've got 2 usb ports on the back of the unit. I guess I would have to remove the other fans from inside the unit so they don't run. I wonder if I could just replace them with 3 of these fans? I guess I'll have to investigate more. Although it doesn't seem like the specs are that different from the AC infinity fans. I think the AC infinity uses these blower fans -> https://www.amazon.com/AC-Infinity-MULTIFAN-Control-Receiver/dp/B012CL2V3I/ However I'm not 100% those are the fans they use in the T8 unit ,but it looks like them. -Spencer
  19. @314carpenter haha thanks man - I def read the manual, it just seems like bad design when the user interface doesn't sync up with what the unit is actually capable of doing you know? I design and program interfaces for a living so it always annoys me when its not intuitive and clear. Basically, when you select the fronts to be connected to the external amp, in the GUI they have a little icon of PRE above them when selected. It only makes logical sense to me that I should be able to tell the unit that the center or the rears are going to the external amp - so they too should get the icon of PRE above them as well. Hopefully that makes sense - if the speaker is going to the external amp - it should have the PRE icon above it - boom problem solved lol. Anyways thank you for informing me that I just need to hook it all up correctly and have it set to 11.2! Cheers, Spencer
  20. Hey all, I'm researching my new AVR I purchased and setup, the Denon x-4500H, and in the menu I can create a 11.2 config with an external amp. Denon allows me to visually config the Front Left and Front Right to be used by the pre-outs in the GUI. However, if I want more speakers to go to the external amp, like if I have a 5 channel amp, I would also want the center channel and surrounds to also go to the pre-outs. Does anyone know if the AVR just detects more items plugged into the pre-outs because you cannot select speaker by speaker what is going to the external amp and what speakers are driven by the receiver....does the GUI show the speakers greyed out when actually plugged into pre-outs? Thanks for any help! Spencer
  21. I just setup my new Denon 4500H receiver and have not invested yet in height speakers. I've read a lot of online reviews about how some think the atmos speakers when positioned to fire up facing the ceiling and then bounce the sound waves off back down to the listener is a total gimmick, but then I also have read how some say it works. I'm not totally convinced that those are just paid reviews to be honest. I'm wondering if anyone here has tried or is using this type of height speaker setup vs. putting speakers in the ceiling. The one catch for me is that my ceiling is vaulted where the peak is about 17 ft high and I think the angle is about 20 deg. I think if the up-firing does actually work, if placed right I can shoot the bounce to the main listening position. Wondering what other opinions on this are! Thanks, Spencer
  22. OK Thanks @TasDom - I'll just let it do its thing - I guess that makes sense kinda like a car when it shuts off the fans keep running.
  23. I just bought 2 pair of rp-502s from @MetropolisLakeOutfitters , he gave me great pricing and fast shipping! I bought them for rears and rear-surrounds and I'm really happy with the wide dispersion of sound they produce. I went this route for 2 main reasons. First is that my couch where I sit is only about 1ft - 2ft away from the wall and there wasn't much room to put speakers behind me. So I mounted a pair of the 502s about 2ft above my head and about 3ft away from the main listening position in the center of the couch. They really do work like advertised! The second main reason was because Youthman on youtube uses the same setup just in a different room so I knew that it was a good option to try out. Cheers, Spencer
  24. @MC39693 @Mr.2stroke @JefDC I just added an Affinity T8 rear exhaust cooler on top of my unit and it has made a good amount of difference. I also cut out a 17" (width) x 2" (height) hole in the back of the Tv console for the air to be pushed out from instead of just the dinky 2" circle that was originally there to pass wires through. I watched a movie last night with the wife at volume 55, which is loud but not movie theater loud, and the air sensor never got above 85 degrees. Afterwards I could touch the rear top part of the receivers chassis where it was always the hottest, and it was not very hot, before I could barely touch it. So I'm impressed! I set the fan speed to 1 because I could still hear it at 2. Anything above 2 is too noisy for an open cabinet tv console right under the tv and I sit 10 ft away from my TV. Only downside is that I don't know how to make it turn off/on when the receiver turns off/on, I have to do it manually.
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