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Hey guys I've searched Reddit, Google, various HTforums and FB extensively so this isn't just a lazy shitpost for advice that I could've looked up myself.
Is there a website that tracks speaker make/models for comparison purposes, is there some holy online almanac i can reference? because finding specs & reviews on older systems seems overly hard to do.
Currently I'm looking for info on; Whafedale acromatic 5.1 , and I can't find reviews. So now I'm asking the hivemind to share it's common wisdom.
The Reason: This 5.1 set looks pretty, maybe too large, but they are made in China and no one is talking about them so I don't know whether to pull the trigger or not.
The situation: Basically I'm starting fresh on my first budget HT build in over a decade and I'm looking to ultimately build up to a 5.2.2 to accompany my Denon TX-NR575E & LG 55" C9 & fill a 2.8x3m rented space in QLD with that sweet sweet 4k Amtos for under $500AUD.
The challenges: The Receiver manual states: ".1%THD, y Hz, Front, 8ohms @ 85w/channel, 6 @ 100w & 4 @ 135w" I don't know which impedance will sound better at lower volumes. I also dont know what they mean by "front" like wtf does that mean? What about the back?
And I'm not sure about the rules re mixing and matching ohms across channels, but I know I have to tell the AVR if I'm using 4-5ohms so it can adjust but I don't think it's channel specific so I'm looking for either 6-8ohms across the board, or all 4s. Do subwoofers count as channels or no because they're powered?
The theatre is a 90° trapezium shape where the long straight has no wall, is high traffic and opens to the house, the acute angle is glass on both sides beneath 200mm of plaster butting a concrete ceiling, and the sound stage will be across the only solid wall at the 90° end with the couch parallel 2m away.
Because I have a 4yo son there can be No front facing ports, exposed cones or control switches.
Sub Woofer: Down facing SW/s preferred (☝️) or 2x matching undercouch capable SWs (<~300/350mmH) would be awesome. And I can even mount them to the underside of the couch if they're <250mm on an edge. Can I use HTiB subs with an AVR? Does that work? Monoprice have an appealling option if they're a trustworthy brand.
Fronts: Medium sized, as in ~250x300mm footprint and has to be flat topped in case I get atmos enabled add-ons - although I'll probably just angle some random satellites.
Center: needs to match Fronts and be clear at low volumes so I don't wake the kid and smaller the better for aesthetics. Surrounds: need to be unobtrusive..
Heights: I haven't gotten permission to mount anything yet, and the ceiling is concrete anyway so I'm going to have to bounce something off of it if I can't attach to the wall. Monoprice Ebay have the lowest price so far inc delivery, but like other brands I can't find specs or reviews anywhere, which is really frustrating because they could kill the Surround and Rear Height birds with one tidy stone although it is 3/5 of the budget. https://www.ebay.com/itm/392304944188
Usage: 40% TV, 40%movies, 10% Music, 10% gaming. Right now the TV has the only speaker in the whole house and I loathe TV so the idea is to encourage myself to be inside "together" rather than outside alone smoking, drinking and scrolling with headphones on. So that's pretty much my life story. Wish me luck. Feel free to point me in a direction.
Apologies for the mobile formatting
TL;DR: I did the best I could.
Hi guys, possibly another stupid question to which the gurus will know the answer for sure.
I finally got around to renovating our outdoor barbecue area over the xmas break and am now looking to wire it up for background music. The area is roughly 25m long x 6m deep. My plan is to run a series of 4 speakers along the long edge. I'll likely run them in mono since they'll be set out in a long line (and we have several different seating arrangements in different orientations along the length of the area).
I'm planning to use some speakers that I already have which are 6ohms. I was initially going to wire them up to a spare 60w Denon via the A & B speaker connections and run this as zone 3 off my main amp. Assuming A/B speakers are actually the same circuit, I came to the conclusion it would result in 3ohm impedance per channel and likely too low for my old amp. I then had the idea of wiring them in to two pairs in series (also save me a fair bit of speaker cable) which will have an impedance of 12 ohms per channel and likely more agreeable to the amp but now I'm wondering if that is too much? I wired them up and gave it a go just fine, volume levels are more than adequate for the intended purpose, I'm just wondering if it's going to be too much for the amp longer term?
Does anyone have any experience with this?