Get Free, Friendly, Expert Advice
Call 1-866-244-8796 or email

Designed and Manufactured in Canada Since 1980


AxiomAudio Blog

Positioning Floorstanding Speakers

Our Newest Flagship Model: The M100

Why We Make Our Own Drivers

Wall'O'Fame
"Serenity Cinema", now with 40% extra Serenity!
Updated as requested.
Who's Online
4 registered (Ken.C, ClubNeon, pmbuko, dakkon), 74 Guests and 4 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Financing
Forum Stats
12729 Members
11 Forums
22686 Topics
400544 Posts

Max Online: 378 @ 02/24/13 04:33 PM
Top Posters
Ken.C 17697
pmbuko 16225
SirQuack 13311
CV 11064
MarkSJohnson 10682
Meanwhile On Facebook

8| Don't miss Andrew Welker's post on our message boards about the new subwoofer...

󾓲 The April Newsletter is out! Did you get your copy? http://www.axiomaudio.co...

Double-take! :O How well do you know our line? First one to spot the surprise...

Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#351367 - 07/04/11 12:06 AM Help me create my home theater
Silasm Offline
newbie

Registered: 07/03/11
Posts: 3
Loc: Cold Lake, AB
Alright, Im looking to upgrade my home theater. currently running a Pioneer VSX-1018AH-K with some cheap speakers(7.1). With the hours of research I have done, I am thinking:

-Replace towers with M60's
-Buy a better amp, 4 Ohm capable
-Replace center with VP180
-move to 5.1 with QS8's in the rear(not sure where I will mount them)
-mount two more speakers on the side to make 7.1(not sure what, do M22's or M3's make good surround speakers?)

All these steps will be a few months apart.


[img]http://img197.imageshack.us/i/scan0004mg.jpg/[/img]

here is my living room, pretty acurate scale wise. the small squares didnt show up on the scan, but the large squares are 4 feet x 4 feet. Any opinions you guys have to share will be considered!

Top
#351371 - 07/04/11 01:05 AM Re: Help me create my home theater [Re: Silasm]
JohnK Offline
shareholder in the making

Registered: 05/11/02
Posts: 10307
Silas, welcome. Your first step, getting the M60s, certainly would be a substantial improvement.

Replacing the 1018 would seem to be more for the bottom of the list, if needed at all. Depending on the sensitivity of your present speakers, the Axioms, which are of average sensitivity, can work just as well with the 1018 to provide sufficient loudness levels.

Your diagram appears to indicate that you're proposing a somewhat diagonal arrangement. If so, this complicates the placing of the surrounds. Side surrounds, which should be QSs, are supposed to be directly to the side of the listening position(5.1 surrounds aren't "in the rear"), but an adjustment to this would be needed to keep an overall diagonal concept between the speakers.
_________________________
-----------------------------------

Enjoy the music, not the equipment.



Top
#351374 - 07/04/11 02:25 AM Re: Help me create my home theater [Re: JohnK]
nickbuol Offline
connoisseur

Registered: 09/16/04
Posts: 4334
Loc: Marion, IA
I agree on the Pioneer that you *may* not need to upgrade to something else. Give things a try first before spending more money. The receiver you have, while not "top of the line" is still very popular.

I agree also that a diagonal placement will really mess with the audio. I used to have a room that things were far from idea with angled walls, and odd shapes (sort of like what you would have) and my sound quality suffered. I am building V4.0 of my home theater (should have walls framed up this week yet) and I am able to build it the way that I want.

The VP180 will serve you well. I can't wait to get mine. I am also added 2 more QS8s for my 7.1 setup. Should be real nice.
_________________________
http://ht.buol.us
M60s, VP180, VP150, QS8s, SVS 20-39PCi, HTPC, JVC RS45, Onkyo TX-NR709, Shakers

Top
#351377 - 07/04/11 07:28 AM Re: Help me create my home theater [Re: nickbuol]
Adrian Offline
axiomite

Registered: 12/27/08
Posts: 6559
Loc: It's all about the location.
Silas, to add to what John and Nick have commented on, I believe you'll get the best ambiance using QS8's for both rears and sides due to their better(than direct firing) dispersion characteristics for surround duties. Direct firing speakers might be a consideration and possibly the better choice for rears if there is a seemingly large distance behind the prime listening area(10 ft+ ?). The M3's, btw, should not be used in combination with other Axiom speakers like the M2, M22, M60, M80 ect, as they are 'voiced' slightly differently than those. M3's are most commonly used by two channel listeners and sometimes chosen/preferred by tube amp owners. I suppose one could make a nice surround system using all M3's though grin
_________________________
A person convinced against their will is of the same opinion still.

Top
#351379 - 07/04/11 09:09 AM Re: Help me create my home theater [Re: Adrian]
Silasm Offline
newbie

Registered: 07/03/11
Posts: 3
Loc: Cold Lake, AB
So will my sound quality suffer if my speakers do not run parallel with the walls? I guess I will be trying to achieve the set up the angles on this site (http://www.thx.com/consumer/home-entertainment/home-theater/surround-sound-speaker-set-up/) under the True HD. Also will my amp power the VP 180? I thought I read it requires a 4Ohm supply?

Top
#351383 - 07/04/11 10:38 AM Re: Help me create my home theater [Re: Silasm]
bdpf Offline
aficionado

Registered: 06/28/08
Posts: 769
Loc: Toronto, Canada
I power 2 M80s and 1 VP180 with my modest Denon 890 (not rated for 4 ohms) without problem. As others have suggested, give your pioneer a try first, then, if your amp shuts down or you hear distortion, you should consider a different amp. Unless you listen to very high levels for a long period of time, my guess is that you'll be fine.

I would also concord with QS8s for the sides.

As for the THX placement you linked, I would not have the back surround placed next to each other, that would defeat the purpose of stereo imaging that can happen in the back, I would spread them to each side of the couch.
_________________________
Bruno
M80s/VP180/QS8s/EP600/AVR-890
------------------------------------
"The problem is choice..."

Top
#351384 - 07/04/11 02:01 PM Re: Help me create my home theater [Re: bdpf]
Brent Offline
buff

Registered: 03/13/01
Posts: 59
The Pioneer unit is well built - one of our staff utilizes this unit and it drives the M80's to moderate levels without issue. It is unlikely that the VP180 will affect its' performance. Here is a HT layout for you,

http://www.axiomaudio.com/home_theater_layout.html
_________________________
Brent Tombari
Axiom Audio Expert

Top
#351385 - 07/04/11 02:19 PM Re: Help me create my home theater [Re: Brent]
Silasm Offline
newbie

Registered: 07/03/11
Posts: 3
Loc: Cold Lake, AB
sounds like it will be QS8's all around, and i might have to upgrade to the M80's then. I didnt think that amp was capable.. Thanks!

Top
#351390 - 07/04/11 03:04 PM Re: Help me create my home theater [Re: Silasm]
terzaghi Offline
connoisseur

Registered: 04/04/07
Posts: 4840
Loc: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Yeah, I wouldn't automatically assume that you will have a problem. Give it a test and see how it goes.
_________________________
-David

Top
#351401 - 07/04/11 10:38 PM Re: Help me create my home theater [Re: Silasm]
JohnK Offline
shareholder in the making

Registered: 05/11/02
Posts: 10307
Silas, there's no such thing as a "4ohm supply". Very few receivers have an "official" power rating into 4 ohms because under the the FTC(Federal Trade Commission)amplifier power regulations it would have to operate at the full maximum power rating into 4 ohms for at least five continuous minutes. This is a severe laboratory test that would never be duplicated in home listening. Receivers which carry a power rating measured at 8 ohms nevertheless have a significant ability to drive speakers rated at 4 ohms and numerous listeners do this every day without a problem. It's highly unlikely that you'd have a problem either. Relax.
_________________________
-----------------------------------

Enjoy the music, not the equipment.



Top



Moderator:  alan, Amie, Andrew, axiomadmin, Brent, Debbie, Ian, Jc 

Home  |  Corporate Info  |  Products  |  Message Board  |  FAQs  |  Warranty  |  Site Map  |  Privacy Statement   |  Contact Us

©2014 Colquhoun Audio Laboratories Limited
All Rights Reserved.