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Was hoping to get some advice on converting a current 3.1 setup, to a 5.1, 7.1 or 5.1.2 setup.
I've got a rectangular space downstairs, and have allocated a section of it as a "home theater" - which really means TV + 3.1 speakers.
It has the following limitations:
No rear wall, as there's a sliding door Side walls are not equi-distance There are steel beams, and heating ducts within the ceiling, that may impact ceiling speaker placements (represented by the red lines)
Given that, if I want to enjoy surround sound, in ceiling seem to be my only option. I've attached an image of where I think in ceiling speakers should go (red dots), for either a 7.1, or a 5.1.2 setup (future proof).
I'm not 100% if the speakers should be angled towards the couch, or just point straight down. Can I use the same placement for a 7.1 -> 5.1.2 Should I just stick with 5.1 in that space, and if so, should I hug that rear wall, or over the couch?
So much thinking! Would love some advice/direction, before putting a bunch of holes in the ceiling.
I'm looking for a few speaker cable recommendations please for all my speakers?
I've just bought an Audiolab 8300A to pair my front Q Acoustics 3030i speakers.
I also have my Yamaha RX-2065V receiver with four Q Acoustics 3020 speakers, Q Acoustics QB12 subwoofer and Q Acoustics 3090ci centre speaker.
I was thinking
QED Reference XT40i for the front 3030i's because I can get them at a relatively good price (5m pair for $240) or the AudioQuest Rocket 11 (5m pair for $270). QED XT25 for the 3020 speakers as the runs are going to be longer with these being used for surrounds for movies. QED Reference XT40i for the QB12 subwoofer.
I'm quite open to recommendations though (but would be interested in your reasoning) and buying used items speaker cables. Thanks in advance.
I'm very new to audio. My current experience is related to headphones. I recently got some HD6xx (HD650) and a JDS Labs Atom and I love it. My only problem is that now my other audio equipment sounds awful in comparison.
I have borrowed some speakers from my Dad who no longer uses them. As the title suggests they are Canton Karat 300's. The specs that I found online are as follows-
Manufacturer: Canton Model: Karat 300 Production Years: 1986 - 1987 Produced in: Deutschland Color: Black, White, Walnut Measurements: 310 x 500 x 290 mm (WxHxD) Weight: 13,8 kg
Form: 3-Way closed, Compact loudspreaker (aka Bookshelf speaker) Chassis: Woofer: 260 mm Cone Midrange: 38 mm Dome Tweeter: 20 mm Dome Loading: 90/130 W (RMS/Peak) Sensitivity: 91,2 dB Frequency Response: 25 - 30.000 Hz Crossover points: 850 / 4.200 Hz Impedence: 8 Ohm
I have been trying to figure out what kind of amp I should use to power them. They won't be in a massive room but I don't want to underpower them and cause damage (I've read that under powering can cause damage, please correct me if I'm mistaken).
Can anyone suggest an amp that would do these speakers justice without driving price up very high. I'd prefer to be spending $400 or less if possible (I've got a feeling that this might not be possible). I can't figure out what kind of power I need and whether I should be looking at using my atom as a preamp. Essentially I'm confused and the more reading I do the more confused I'm becoming about what is needed. Haha!
Any advice would be most appreciated.
Thanks for your time!