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    RF-7, 7.1 Reference System in dedicated theater

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  1. Kentucky Gentleman: Welcome to the forum! If to do not plan to add ATMOS to your room, I would suggest you consider Di-Pole side surround speakers. However, if you do plan on incorporating ATMOS speakers into the mix, then I would recommend using direct speakers as you referred to them. This is the same recommendation given by Dolby. Best of luck! - Glenn
  2. picky

    audio cuts out

    JLB: First of all, welcome to the forum! I experience the exact same issue in my theater. I have a Samsung UHD 75" and an older Pioneer Elite Flagship receiver. Because my receiver is older, I purchased it in 2004, it does not have HDMI connections. Therefore, in order to process the return audio from my screen while using streaming services such as Netflix and Disney+, I do the same thing as you: I send the audio feed to my Pioneer over the Digital optical (Toslink) cable. When entering Netflix (or Disney+) I initially hear the sound during the Splash Screen and show titles. But when I actuate "Play" to run the movie, the sound briefly interrupts and suddenly, I hear this loud "POP"! Not great for tweeters!! To counteract this, I used to shut off the receiver and turn it back on. I stopped doing that when I discovered it is much less hard on the receiver to simply switch the receiver's input selector to another device such as CD or VCR 1 before hitting "Play" until I see the movie start and then go back to the Optical input. I immediately hear normal sound and no "POP"! I have to believe this abrupt noise is caused by a "handshake" issue between the TV and receiver because I am not using the HDMI audio directly as my return sound. Yes, it's a pain in the butt, but until I have several grand to replace my legacy receiver, I can live with it. I hope this helps you. Best of luck! - Glenn
  3. HTXNeewbie: Welcome to the forum!! I understand that you are building a 5.1.4 In-wall system with a budget of $1500-$2000 for all speakers and subs and placing them in a 17'x14' room and you'd like to know what is the best. Please let me start by saying that your budget (no offense intended) may prove to be unrealistic. Given the compromises exhibited by most in-wall systems, and there are several, you may be hard-pressed just to purchase the 5 speakers needed for LCR and Surround duties alone. In order to try and gain the "best" performance from in-wall and in-ceiling speakers, I would recommend you consider units which have at least, 8" woofers. The least expensive Klipsch in-wall with an 8" woofer is the R-3800-W II priced at $384 each. Five of them would cost $1,920+tax and any shipping: Boom: You're over two grand. For ceiling speakers, I would recommend the CDT-2800-C II at $304 each. Four of them would set you back another $1,216 + Tax and any shipping. $1,920+$1,216=$3,136. Finally, the minimum size sub I would recommend for a room that size (17'x14') would be a 12" Sub, but it really may need a 15". There is one Klipsch in-wall sub with two 8: drivers, the RW-5802-II, however it may not be available as there is no price currently listed. Currently, Klipsch has their SPL Series subs on sale: The 12", SPL-12 is $449.00 ($3,136+$449=$3,585) and the 15", SPL-15 is $749.00. ($3,136+$749=$3,885) Naturally, there are many other smaller-sized Klipsch in-wall speakers (and subs) that have smaller drivers and prices, but they would most-likely be an additional compromise in performance, which may prove to be a deviation away your "Best" metric. I hope this information helps to get you started in your decisions. Best of luck! -Glenn
  4. Duncan: I am definitely, not a hater of RF-7's. My own 7.1 home theater is based on RF-7 I's. My rooms dimensions are small, too (11.5'w x 19'd). In looking at veera's 12.5' x 14.5' room, I recommended that Heresey 4's be considered over the towers because of the shallow depth of the room. With your room and mine being somewhat deeper, in my humble opinion, there's a bit more time for driver convergence to occur than in veera's. My seating distance for front row is 10 feet from the motorboards with 9 feet remaining behind the seats. As I'd stated in my post, my son's room is nearly identical in size to veera's and his 3, Heresey III's coupled with two 15" SW-115 subs really rock it! I also agree with pretty much everything you mentioned in your post above regarding not being able to crank the speakers up to their full potential in a room that size, which is why I believe my son's smaller Hereseys are such a good choice for a room smaller than ours. Plus, he has the added advantage of 3 Hereseys in an L-C-R array across the front, thereby making them timbre-matched while still clearing the bottom of the video screen. My son's screen is an 82" which hangs fairly low on the wall. -Glenn
  5. JoeJoeThe3rd: I'm happy you found my post to be of some help. Please let us know how you made out, as well as what your opinion is of the machine you chose. -Glenn
  6. JoeJoeThe3rd: I too, was interested in getting an Oppo. However they vacated the disc player market (at the top of their game, I might add) a couple of years ago (Samsung has vacated the disc player market as well) and newer offerings from various manufactures have more advanced features and updated video codec compliances than the older Oppo's. One machine, in particular that some reviewers have claimed to have matched Oppo's playback (video and audio) quality is the Panasonic UB-9000 4K UHD Disc Player ($999). However, being on a budget, I opted for the 9000's little brother, the Panasonic UB-820 4K UHD Disc Player ($499). I bought it a few weeks ago during Prime Day from Crutchfield for $100-off ($399)! It's a wonderful machine and the primary difference between it and its big brother is that the UB-9000 has superior build-quality: The 9000 weighs17 pounds! The UB-820 weighs 5 pounds. The 9000 has an onboard DAC and HDMI, Discrete Analog, Optical and Coaxial Audio output. The 820 has HDMI, discrete Analog and optical, no coaxial. For the money, the UB-820, especially if you can find it on sale, is the best buyer's choice, in my humble opinion. For a review on my findings on the Panasonic UB-820, please refer to the link to my post in AndreG's post above. Happy shopping! Best of luck! -Glenn
  7. veera: Welcome to the forum!! Your room dimensions are nearly identical to the room my son and I are currently building in his basement. We're actually into our second year of construction and nearly finished. The Covid-thing set us back six months due to quarantine and the year before I had two knee replacements. Elsewise, we should have been done quite a while ago. I agree that you may want to consider a different approach to your LCR (Left, Center Right) speaker choices rather than towers. In my son Bill's room, he has 3, Heresey III's for LCR separated by 2, SW-115 Subwoofers and they sound awesome! I would recommend going with the newer, Heresy 4's as they were not available yet when we started Bill's room. The sound will never be better than when you have 3, timbre-matched speakers across the front! Be sure to use the floor cradles that come with them. Bill's system is a 7.2.4 ATMOS setup. He's running the amazingly low-priced, Denon AVC-X6500H, AVR and it seems to handle the system extremely well. He has an 82" Samsung QLED 6 series, UHD screen that feels optimal in the room. We skewed the side walls a total of 8 inches on each side (narrow at the screen wall, wide along the rear wall) in order to manage the bass energy and it works great! As for surrounds, Bill went with in-wall speakers due to their placement options and the fact that they really blend into the room well. If you are considering ATMOS, then I would recommend using Klipsch R-5800-W II, or R-5650-W II speakers for side and rear surrounds. If you don't want ATMOS, then substitute the side surrounds for a dipole speaker such as the R-5650-S II and use R-5650-W II for the rears. As for ceiling speakers, Bill choose the highly-regarded, CDT-5800-C II's. We used mineral wool insulation in all walls and ceilings and an acoustic membrane over the studs and joists onto which we hung 1/2" drywall on the walls. As for the ceiling, we just hung the track ceiling's L-Channel perimeter and are awaiting delivery of the Sonex Harmoni acoustic ceiling panels, which have a 3-week wait on delivery due to setbacks caused by the virus. We will hang the ceiling grid upon their arrival. Then Bill's room will be nearly complete! Best of luck and happy shopping! -Glenn
  8. Kababayan: Welcome to the forum!! In my humble opinion, from your description of the sound being thin, it is quite possible that when you connected your speaker wires from your amplifier/receiver to the rear terminals of your speakers, that it is possible that one or more of the wires were not connected in proper phase with all of the connectors. In other words, the (+) Red terminals must be connected to the (+) Red terminals at both ends and the (-) Black terminals must be connected to the (-) Black terminals at both ends, while observing proper polarity within the speaker wires. Your wire might be labeled with pluses and minuses, or one wire might be silver and the other gold or the insulator might be red and white or black and white, etc. But, be certain that regardless of the type of markings, the same marking is used at both ends for the same terminal color! It's also important to use the correct wire thickness as very thin wire will limit the power output from your amp to the speakers, especially in runs of 20 feet or more. Try to stick with wire sizes that are either, 16, 14 or 12 gauge, with 12 being the largest and 16 being the smallest. I do not recommend speaker wire smaller than 16 gauge, such as 18, 20 and the like. Best of luck! -Glenn
  9. Loudio: Frist of all, welcome to the forum!! I agree with Willland: It appears to be a portion of the old Klipsch ProMedia 5.1 Ultra system, which was a complete 5.1 setup and which I have had the pleasure of owning. It looks like it may be two of the 4 satellites and the center channel speaker. The system also originally came with an 8" powered subwoofer that contained amplification for all of the satellites and center channel. It was originally released by Klipsch around 2001-2002. It worked extremely well as a computer sound system. I hope this helps. - Glenn BTW: Good one Mallette! LOL
  10. Jeet: Welcome to the forum!! I personally, have a Pioneer Elite flagship receiver in my 7.1, Klipsch RF-7 Reference Series setup. It's performance is nothing short of stellar. On the other hand, my son, just installed a receiver from Denon in his under construction, 7.2.4 theater, that I consider the best deal of 2020: The Denon AVC-X6500H, which can be had for close to $1,500! It's 8 HDMI 2.2 inputs with eARC and 4K HDR support, compatibility with Dolby ATMOS (7.1.4) and DTS:X and the ability to play hi-res music files and share them around the house via HEOS and ALEXA,(140 W/Ch @ 8 ohms RMS) Amplifier/Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on board and handles a second zone system, too! It also has on-board room calibration. This receiver does it all for an amazing price and sounds great! Best of luck and happy shopping! - Glenn
  11. Good Morning, all! We've now been living with our Panasonic UB-820 4K UHD Player for nearly a week. During this time, we have watched the only 2 UHD discs we have since acquired: 'Top Gun' 4K Version twice, once with a friend visiting from Nevada who has her own Klipsch theater setup, and select scenes from the first 'Matrix' 4K version, especially the "Lobby Shootout", a scene we used on regular DVD back in 2004 by which to just 13 different home theater speaker brands for impact, clarity and dynamics. At that time, Verna and I had auditioned Martin Logan. KEF, B&W, Energy, Jamo, M&K and many others, with Klipsch RF-5's as the representative model, but we ordered RF-7s instead! Best sound, best impact, best dynamics, best sound stage and best "WOW-factor", hands down over the others! We are very familiar with the material on both discs. Our friend Robin, from Nevada reacted IMMEDIATELY last evening during the opening scenes for 'Top Gun' 4k: "Great picture!", she said. Her own system is no slouch, but she has yet to consider a 4k player of her own. I think she is now. The detail in even the fast action scenes is incredible as compared to the original 1986 version. It is literally like watching the actual 35mm motion picture film, for the first time all over again. HDR (High Dynamic Range) is an amazing addition to movie-watching at home. It certainly does make the visual experience much more cinematic and real-life-like! In 'Matrix' we noticed that some in scenes, because so much additional detail is now apparent, the viewer can notice some flaws in a few scenes that before, we not very noticeable. One scene in particular is the "Lobby Shootout". The supposed "granite" wall panels that Carrie-Ann Moss is shown running on, actually give (buckle) under her weight. Oops! LOL The HDR really sets the mood of each dark scene, making them appear to be more "contrasty", sinister and "film noir"-like, which I feel heightens the tension amid the actors in the scenes, yet there remains plenty of detail. It's difficult to judge a new disc player with just two movies and old ones at that . 'The Matrix' was originally released in 1999, but it certainly looks new now. We're anxious to view a few of the new releases in 4K to compare. Perhaps 'Maverick' when it finally drops? Hmmm...I see a theme developing here. LOL Regarding the sound, we currently have a 7.1 system and our son and I are nearly finished building his dedicated 7.2.4 Atmos room at his house. With that said, the sound is a bit better, I believe, that the original DVD release versions. However, I plan to re-review after my son's ceiling speakers are up and running. My first take on the Panasonic UB-820: It surprises and does not disappoint! And it was a bargain at $399.99! But, I really need more time and more 4k discs to give an educated opinion. Thanks for your kind attention. Have a blessed day, everyone! - Glenn
  12. SUCCESS! Many of you already were aware that this was Primeday Week at Amazon. I accordance with that, I assume, many vendors in turn, lowered their own prices as well. In my case, Crutchfield, who stocks Panasonic lowered the Panasonic UB-820 price by $100 to $399.99! The UB-900, however was still $999.99. So, there is now a shiny, new UB-820 4K UHD player sitting in the second slot down from the top of our theater rack! My bride and I picked up two new 4K remastered versions of 'Top Gun' (the original) and 'The Matrix' (the first one) on Wednesday and all we can say is, "WOW"! Thanks everyone for your helpful input! I will post my full opinions of the player after we've lived with it for a while. Have a great day, everyone! - Glenn P.S.: By the way, for those of you who know Dr. Who from the forum, he made a stop at our place overnight this Tuesday and Wednesday. He's doing GREAT!
  13. Islander: Thanks for the advice! I was assuming the same thing you'd said, but now I have confirmation. It would be nice to utilize the high-quality DAC in the 900, but considering the 820 is half the price, it's difficult, when on a tight budget, to pass up a good deal like this. Now to look for sales! - Glenn
  14. picky

    LCR help

    nydennis: First of all, welcome to the forum. It sounds like you would like to keep things quite compact and there are numerous wall-mount/bookshelf offerings from Klipsch out there. However, many of them are sold only in pairs, unless you can make a deal directly with a Klipsch distributor. One exception, is the Klipsch Synergy Black Label B-100, which is sold as a single, so you'd need 3 of them. https://www.klipsch.com/products/synergy-b-100-bookshelf-speakers This is an obvious step down in size from your existing setup, but the B-100's may be set on a shelf or they have slots on their back for wall-attachment. They are not self-powered, but can still fill smaller rooms well, especially if you keep that 15 inch sub. I hope this gets you started on track. - Glenn
  15. DizRotus: Yeah, for the last year and a half, with little-to-no explanation, I tend not to sleep very well. Sometimes I'm up at 3 or 4 in the morning for an hour or two. I read the paper on line and have a couple cups of coffee, as the caffeine is never an issue and go I back to bed. Verna has trouble sleeping too due to a side-effect of one of the anti-estrogen meds they put her on following her chemo treatments (ugh!). This morning I have an appointment soon, so I got up and showered early. Verna and I are doing great and hope that you and your bride are too. Nice to hear from you, buddy! - Glenn
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