- Aug 10, 2014
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- Highland Park, IL
Can't go wrong with either the 13A or 15A! Your room is quite a bit larger than mine, which might help offset all the glass by allowing the setup to move comfortably enough from the glass to help lengthen the delay of reflections. I'm sitting very close to my wall of glass to the right, but the wood blinds help.Finally, I'll likely order 13As or 15As for the main speakers next year.
The room is horrible for audio. It's about 23' x 35' with the peak of the vaulted ceilings around 13'. It's my living room / dining room / kitchen, with a huge island. Down the right wall (really the "back" wall of the house") is a 16' long pocketed sliding glass door system, and there are no drapes over that. (That's likely the worst part, acoustically, of the room, but the most rewarding *for living* when I open them fully and can enjoy all the fresh air.)
Background out of the way, goals: first, basic 5.2 (5.3?) home theater. Eventually, 2 channel music. (Most of my music listening is at my office, where I have a very satisfying small system.)
At this point, I'm debating if I should set up the BF210s as L/R with the front main speakers, and use the 1100X in an LFE configuration, or use the BF210s in a mono configuration and play with placement to optimize their response. I'm looking at your setup in message 12 and I have some stoopidly basic questions for now:
How are you "splitting" the signal off the front main speakers for the speaker level inputs to their respective subs?In your labels "LFE/BM", what does the "BM" stand for?Which specific model do you like for your MiniDSPs?You are *not* using any of the on-board bass management or EQ of the XMC-2, correct?
RE subwoofer setup, I think I'm getting great results with the "stereo" type setup a'la Rel using the speaker level inputs on the subs, with the stacked subs outboard of the Main Left and Right speakers. It's not where they "should" go, but rather where I want them which is based on how I am using them - as extra woofers for the 13A's in addition to BM and LFE in a mixed connection config. The connection of each speaker to subwoofers is: Amp output to 13A to bottom sub speaker connection to top sub speaker connection, the shortest length of speaker cable possible. This runs the signal through each sub's crossover, which is used to tune the subs to each speaker and the Left subs do not use the same settings as the Right subs. Each sub/speaker combo is tuned to get the best response for its location.
LFE = Low Frequency Effects
BM = Bass Mangement
I like the miniDSP 2x4HD. I started with one, then a second, now a third. Would've been better to have one 10x10HD, plus it's got balanced inputs and outputs which helps with running longer cables. I only use the miniDSP's for BM and LFE.
My Fronts and Center are setup as Large, so there is no BM needed in the processor for these. All the other channels are Small and as such have crossover settings so BM is sent to the subwoofer group. Also, Dirac does the EQ for all channels for HT usage, but I limit Dirac's correction of the 13A's to only below the XO of 300Hz because I haven't yet been totally happy with what correction does with the stat panels. I don't use PEQ in the processor. LFE is sent to the same subwoofer group via separate output from processor using the same miniDSP. Why? Because there has been an issue with the Emotiva processors elevating the bass a few dB and using separate outputs allows for adjusting the LFE and elevated BM individually for perfect results. Emotiva is on the verge of fixing this with the next firmware so I may not need this fix for long, but I'll wait and see.
Also, I'm not using Width channels anymore. The floor speakers I was using affected bass response from the Fronts/Subs so I removed them because two channel music is the primary purpose of my setup. This could change in the future if I were to purchase small stand mounted speakers which would have less effect on the bass from the Fronts.