one ep800 or 2 x ep500's?

Posted by: lex

one ep800 or 2 x ep500's? - 12/19/11 01:11 PM

has anyone heard these 2 setups? I'm building my new HT; 19 x 19 x 9 (~3200 cubic ft). This will mainly be used for movies, occasionally for mmusic and gaming. I want a significant amount of low end power. Since these 2 setups are about the same cost, which would sound better? Thanks!
Posted by: Philippe

Re: one ep800 or 2 x ep500's? - 12/19/11 01:22 PM

Since your room seem to be quite equal (mean you wont have subwoofer placement issue) I vote for the EP800 !
Posted by: lex

Re: one ep800 or 2 x ep500's? - 12/19/11 01:28 PM

True, it will be a square room. My front 3 will be mounted to or standing close to the main viewing wall with a perferated screen in front of them. An EP800 would lay horizontal on the floor beneath the center - I would think. For the fronts, I was thinking of either 3 x M22's (altho I'm not sure if they're 'big' enough to fill the room) or a pair of M60's with a VP150.
Posted by: CatBrat

Re: one ep800 or 2 x ep500's? - 12/19/11 03:08 PM

With a perforated screen, you definetly want 3 identical mains. I'd opt for 3 M80's, then 3 M60's. 3 M22's with sub would work ok if you're restricted financially, or spacewise.

I would not assume any particular placement for the sub. It might not work as well in front as off to the side or even a rear room position. Only experience with moving the sub and/or using the sub crawl technic will determine the best location.

Posted by: bwallen77

Re: one ep800 or 2 x ep500's? - 12/19/11 03:46 PM

I am right in the middle of building my home theater as well with virtually the same set up with a perforated screen. From all the research I did and a hefty amount of input from this forum I went with m80's for the front 3 along with a ep 800 that will sit beneath the screen. As soon as I figure out how to post some pics I'll post them. Actually, can anyone give me a quick down and dirty on how to do that?
Posted by: CatBrat

Re: one ep800 or 2 x ep500's? - 12/19/11 04:11 PM

Setup an account with Photobucket.com.

Upload pictures to it.

Click on albums.

Hover mouse pointer over picture.

Click on words to the right of "IMG code".

Paste link here.
Posted by: lex

Re: one ep800 or 2 x ep500's? - 12/19/11 04:23 PM

bwallen; i woul dlove to see pics of your build. what are the dimensions of your room?
Posted by: nickbuol

Re: one ep800 or 2 x ep500's? - 12/19/11 04:50 PM

Just a comment about perf. screens that it is generally believed that a woven screen is better. Less sound resistance at all frequencies, and a better image... At least with the "moderately" priced ones.

I'm going with a Seymour XD screen. I vote for 2 subs. smile
Posted by: bwallen77

Re: one ep800 or 2 x ep500's? - 12/19/11 05:48 PM

Thanks CatBrat!

My room was 19x19 but with the false wall I built for the 800 and 80's, it is closer to 17x19 now. I am swamped tonight with work, but I will try to get some pics posted in the next couple of days. The room is currently getting mudded so almost there. The speakers should come in mid-January.

I am also going with Seymour XD. Anyone have any experience with thier screens in combo with Axiom?
Posted by: SirQuack

Re: one ep800 or 2 x ep500's? - 12/20/11 10:46 AM

The worst room is one with equal room measurements, or that can easily by divided into each other. 10 x 10 x 20 suck, but 12 x 9 x 23 would be better for room nulls/nodes. Multiple subs will give you the best results for all seats, if placed correctly. The 800 is a beast though.
Posted by: terzaghi

Re: one ep800 or 2 x ep500's? - 12/20/11 01:00 PM

The answer is simple:

Get two ep800's
Posted by: Murph

Re: one ep800 or 2 x ep500's? - 12/20/11 01:03 PM

and earthquake insurance
Posted by: bwallen77

Re: one ep800 or 2 x ep500's? - 12/20/11 01:17 PM

Alright,

Let's see if this works.

http://i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd466/bwallen77/IMG_4309.jpg

Painting should start this weekend followed by carpet and drop ceiling next weekend.
Posted by: bwallen77

Re: one ep800 or 2 x ep500's? - 12/20/11 01:20 PM


Posted by: Ken.C

Re: one ep800 or 2 x ep500's? - 12/20/11 01:22 PM

Photobucket might not allow it, but you may be able to embed those using [img] [/img] tags.
Posted by: SirQuack

Re: one ep800 or 2 x ep500's? - 12/20/11 01:34 PM

Yeah, for each picture in photobucket, they give you various options (html, img, etc.) If you click on the IMG one it copies to your clipboard, then you just paste it in the threads.
Posted by: michael_d

Re: one ep800 or 2 x ep500's? - 12/20/11 02:08 PM

that room will be killer! 1 800 will reach lower but two 500's will be a bit smoother. I have not heard an 800, but can say that I prefer two 500's over one 600. Not sure if I'd say the same about the 800 verses 2x500's though. You have a tough choice.
Posted by: jakewash

Re: one ep800 or 2 x ep500's? - 12/21/11 10:18 AM

One 800 for that extra low feel and add a 500 to smooth things out.
Posted by: michael_d

Re: one ep800 or 2 x ep500's? - 12/21/11 01:09 PM

That's an excellent compromise! Win-Win!
Posted by: INANE

Re: one ep800 or 2 x ep500's? - 12/22/11 02:35 PM

Nice looking room! Can't wait to see it completed.