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Re: New Anthem Receivers/Processors
bman84 #441418 02/23/21 03:34 PM
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Just to chime in with my previous Anthem experience, I noticed a huge improvement in clarity when I upgraded from a Denon X4500H AVR to an Anthem MRX 720, especially in music. I was using pre-outs on both, so essentially using the AVR's as processors (amplification provided by Axiom ADA-1000's). Things got even better for the MRX 720 after I had a chance to run ARC Genesis.

I haven't seen Amir's videos, but it sounds like he may need to take a page from Axiom's book and balance the cold, hard math with blind listening tests.

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Re: New Anthem Receivers/Processors
bman84 #441419 02/23/21 04:32 PM
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Harmonic distortion and cross-talk can sound very good but it looks very bad in cold, hard math.


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bman84 #441420 02/23/21 04:42 PM
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Cold hard math, that's what I like listening to.


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bman84 #441421 02/23/21 04:44 PM
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Originally Posted by bman84
I haven't seen Amir's videos, but it sounds like he may need to take a page from Axiom's book and balance the cold, hard math with blind listening tests.

Agree bman. There’s science and measurement and then there’s human factors and nuance. Such as how a product looks visually or our perception of it from pictures snd reviews. Blind listening leaves no room for ambiguity. I’d love to try it sometime.

For example, I mean really , does my system actually sound better when my living room is clean and dimly lit and the ambiance is just right? To me sometimes it does but I think it’s just a perception. If I close my eyes it sounds the same as with eyes open.

I think measurements are important but beyond some of the basic ones I don’t totally understand them all or their scales of what is considered good or not. I’m slowly beginning to wrap my head around it. In some cases ignorance might be bliss in terms of not understanding. It’s a bit of a rabbit hole......


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bman84 #441424 02/23/21 10:34 PM
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Try putting up a false AT wall. Your brain imagines sound all over the place. If you cant see the speakers it makes a big difference.

Yer basement maybe......

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Originally Posted by TrevorM
Try putting up a false AT wall. Your brain imagines sound all over the place. If you cant see the speakers it makes a big difference.

Yer basement maybe......

Yes!! Great idea. I’ll put that in the idea container for sure. I like that a lot. Easy to setup and not be in the way down there or unsightly. Very good!


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Re: New Anthem Receivers/Processors
bman84 #441427 02/24/21 03:01 AM
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On AT walls.

My original plan was to head in that direction but when I started thinking about the size of the room ... it was nixed. If I knew the on-walls were as good as they are I might have explored the combined HT/family room more.

If you do everything with bookshelves and towers your going to loose 2 to 4 feet on each wall, maybe more to do it right. Your 16x20 is now a 10x14.

I think you can get that down to 6 or 8” a wall using all on wall surrounds. I personally would do a combo ... keep the front at 4’ And the rest on-wall and as thin as I can get them.

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bman84 #441433 02/24/21 04:23 AM
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Just need front wall. PE used to sell fire rated speaker cloth at 110” roll width.

AT screens on Amazon these days. Not too expensive. Think my wall was around $950 all in.

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bman84 #441435 02/24/21 05:54 PM
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How deep is the front wall? And what kind of speaker do you have behind it? floor standing, bookshelves, on-walls.

BTW ... the original thought was to hide all the speakers

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