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#190068 - 12/30/07 06:38 PM QS8 vs. QS4 -- Big Difference?
SoundsGood Offline
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Registered: 12/30/07
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Has anyone heard both of these speakers? If so:

How much difference is there between the QS8 and QS4 surround speakers? (Huge difference? Barely noticeable difference? etc...)

These will be used as side surround speakers, and will be paired with Rocket 850s, RSC200 center, and an SVS Plus/2 sub.

Thanks!

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#190069 - 12/30/07 06:44 PM Re: QS8 vs. QS4 -- Big Difference? [Re: SoundsGood]
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Someone on this forum has promised a review of QS4/QS8 today.
Follow this thread:
http://www.axiomaudio.com/boards/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showthreaded&Number=190065#Post190065
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#190070 - 12/30/07 06:46 PM Re: QS8 vs. QS4 -- Big Difference? [Re: SoundsGood]
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Considering that you have some really nice speakers and monster sub, I would definitely go with the QS8. They will play louder and cleaner.

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#190071 - 12/30/07 06:50 PM Re: QS8 vs. QS4 -- Big Difference? [Re: EFalardeau]
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 Originally Posted By: EFalardeau
Follow this thread:

Will do... thanks!

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#190072 - 12/30/07 06:52 PM Re: QS8 vs. QS4 -- Big Difference? [Re: nitrojiber]
SoundsGood Offline
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 Originally Posted By: nitrojiber
Considering that you have some really nice speakers and monster sub, I would definitely go with the QS8. They will play louder and cleaner.

Yeah, I figured. But due to WAF appeal, I was hoping that the smaller ones sounded almost as good as the larger ones. \:\)

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#190099 - 12/30/07 10:07 PM Re: QS8 vs. QS4 -- Big Difference? [Re: SoundsGood]
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I use the QS8's as sides and QS4's as backs in my 7.1 setup, they sound almost the same to me, both do an excellent job. I have never done an AB comparison on them, but I would guess by the specs alone the 8's will handle much more volume. If I was only using a 5.1 system I would definitely go with the QS8's.
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#190109 - 12/31/07 08:48 AM Re: QS8 vs. QS4 -- Big Difference? [Re: SoundsGood]
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 Originally Posted By: SoundsGood
Yeah, I figured. But due to WAF appeal, I was hoping that the smaller ones sounded almost as good as the larger ones. \:\)



If the goal is for them to sound "almost as good", then I think the QS4s surely satisfy that test. I had to downsize from QS8s to QS4s in our current configuration, and although I never had a chance to compare them directly, I don't feel too much of a loss going to the QS4s. Sure, the QS8s were likely a bit fuller-sounding, but if you gotta go with the QS4s, don't worry too much--they still have all the great attributes of the QS8s and can definitely hold their own.

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#190114 - 12/31/07 10:23 AM Re: QS8 vs. QS4 -- Big Difference? [Re: gem41573]
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I think the big difference is that the QS8s can handle more power and play at higher volumes (or same volume in a larger listening area). Many people (including myself) went with QS8s because it was one less thing to worry about, or because that gave the same driver size on all our speakers, but I don't remember seeing anyone who observed a real difference in sound between the 4s and 8s (except, presumably, at high volumes).

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#190119 - 12/31/07 11:50 AM Re: QS8 vs. QS4 -- Big Difference? [Re: bridgman]
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OK, I hate to post this, because I really want to deny it for my own sanity. However, I think the QS4s (at least my tis) tend to sound a little congested when you're playing music with a bunch of bass through them. This could be my own room, my own crossover settings (120Hz?), or just me being oversensitive. I must emphasize that I only notice this when I'm doing pink noise sweeps or when I'm almost directly underneath one of them (or walking by near it) when certain music is playing. I would assume that the QS8s (with a larger internal volume and larger woofers) don't have this (possible) issue.

Ag, mustn't acknowledge it! I don't have room (or money) for QS8s!


Edited by kcarlile (12/31/07 11:50 AM)
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#190129 - 12/31/07 01:50 PM Re: QS8 vs. QS4 -- Big Difference? [Re: Ken.C]
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 Originally Posted By: kcarlile
OK, I hate to post this, because I really want to deny it for my own sanity. However, I think the QS4s (at least my tis) tend to sound a little congested when you're playing music with a bunch of bass through them. T

Who plays bass through the surrounds?
That's what the subwoofer is for (i.e., the .1 channel).
There should not be any bass sounds mixed for surrounds in DD/DTS or dvda-sacd material, though perhaps you are referring to music bass notes while using a DPLII or a similar DSP?

The QS4s and 8s are the same speaker, only different size.
I second Bridgman's notes on the topic.


Edited by chesseroo (12/31/07 01:50 PM)
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