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#200217 - 03/13/08 02:58 PM Re: Looking for a Calgary audition [Re: rick240]
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Welcome to the boards Rick.

I agree with Al(ctown), buy what's right for the room when money allows. Buying something that might be too small only hinders the experience, although the M22s, M3's can fill a pretty big room without too much trouble.

I have M22s, VP100, VP150, M80s and QS8s. I am the odd man out as Daytime hours during the weekdays work best for me for auditions and anytime on weekends.
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#200226 - 03/13/08 04:34 PM Re: Looking for a Calgary audition [Re: ctown]
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Loc: Calgary
I'm going to put a diagram together to help in receiving advice.

But the room's 16x20 with 16x6 of that beyond the HT zone (ie. current speakers make sound for 16x14) which puts TV and main couch centered in the 16x14; off to the right (beyond the non-used space) is a wall of glass for my walk-out basement; couch is against the back wall; to the left of the couch is a funny zone as it is where the stairs go up (so back 5x4 of 16x14 is dead zone).

I need to get everything at once as I am replacing an old JVC HTIB which had a decent 10" 100w sub and tiny little 5 speakers that still makes great sound (my wife can't understand why I talk of upgrade).

I really enjoy DTS 5.1 today and can not go backwards to less speakers. So my next step is buy a receiver and 6 speakers in one shot.

The trade-up program seems to me to be a good way to start with really, really good 5.1 (and waaaaay better than the JVC HTIB) and enhance piece by piece to great rather than start where you want to end and only have 3 pieces of a surround sound system.

Looking forward to visiting several houses for auditions, and biased opinions vs. Def Tech, Paradigm, Energy, B&W.

Cheers,

Rick

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#200227 - 03/13/08 04:35 PM Re: Looking for a Calgary audition [Re: jakewash]
rick240 Offline
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 Originally Posted By: jakewash
I have M22s, VP100, VP150, M80s and QS8s. I am the odd man out as Daytime hours during the weekdays work best for me for auditions and anytime on weekends.


I work from my house so I can readily schedule a mid-day visit.

What part of the city are you in?

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#200228 - 03/13/08 04:40 PM Re: Looking for a Calgary audition [Re: rick240]
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Harvest Hills, straight North.
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#200241 - 03/13/08 05:41 PM Re: Looking for a Calgary audition [Re: ctown]
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Loc: Calgary
 Originally Posted By: ctown
Rick, tell us your room dimensions (LxWxH)


Did this a few posts up.

 Originally Posted By: ctown
and will this be for mostly HT, or music or 60-40 HT, etc. It will help with some suggestions.


...forgot this part, 95%+ for HT and most of the music is on DVD; although with the proposed new setup I may find myself playing my CDs more often too.

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#200279 - 03/14/08 03:48 AM Re: Looking for a Calgary audition [Re: rick240]
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Loc: Cold Lake, AB
That's what I found. Went from 80-20 HT to 75-25 Music overnight when I got a decent set of speakers! Why waste time watching TV or movies when you can listen to all this suddenly great music?

Good speakers are a real wake up call.
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#203443 - 04/07/08 06:04 PM Re: Looking for a Calgary audition [Re: doormat]
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I am not sure if others agree with me. But if you're going for the QS4's and not the QS8's, maybe consider downsizing your surrounds to M2s, and put that extra money towards a better sub, you'll need it to fill all that space.

I would recommend the EP350v3. Further, if you can stretch your budget, M22 mains would be beneficial as well. I setup my father-in-law with M22s, VP150, M2 surrounds, and a EP350v3 in a rather large room, and he loves the system. Add to that, that I have heard the M2s as surrounds (placed slightly behind the main seating area, and angled toward the sweet spot) and they sound pretty stinkin good.


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#203574 - 04/08/08 05:51 PM Re: Looking for a Calgary audition [Re: Hutzal]
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Registered: 01/06/07
Posts: 364
Loc: Calgary, AB
I agree with Hutzal on the speaker selection. My eventual home for my system is downstairs in a similar sized room, but with open basement to another large space.

Alan Loftt suggested M22 mains, VP150 and QS8's with a EP350, but if I wanted more bass, then a EP500 and if I wanted to play some music at E-LEVEN....then M60 mains.

I went with the M22's and got a great deal on a STF-3 from HSU and it works great.

I's stick with the 22's and VP150 for mains and then if you need to save $$, do it on the surround. A good sub for movies is important, but if you arent picky about it for music, then you can get good subs from SVS or HSU that arent as musical, but go BOOM! pretty good.

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