QS4 or QS8 in small room

Posted by: JFArbique

QS4 or QS8 in small room - 03/17/16 01:44 PM

Hi,
I'm building a 7.1 system. The room is 17x16.
I am wondering if the qs4 speakers would be a good choice or should I go with the qs8 ?? (I need speakers on the sides and back)

Anyone tested those speakers in a room of similar dimension ?
Posted by: MarkSJohnson

Re: QS4 or QS8 in small room - 03/17/16 01:47 PM

Welcome!
How loud do you listen? What are the other speakers and amplification? Movies or music or both? Love, Actually or Pacific Rim? smile
Posted by: JFArbique

Re: QS4 or QS8 in small room - 03/17/16 01:52 PM

The center and fronts are of the Paradigm monitor series.
CC390, and monitor 11. The subwoofer is a 14 inch paradigm
The system is mainly used for movies, not for the "love" kind...well maybe 1 or 2 a year...
Posted by: JFArbique

Re: QS4 or QS8 in small room - 03/17/16 01:55 PM

The amp is a Yamaha RXV-1800, 130W per channel
Posted by: nickbuol

Re: QS4 or QS8 in small room - 03/17/16 02:00 PM

A coworker of mine put in QS4s into a rather large room (pretty much 50% of his whole basement is wide open), and they do a respectable job even in such a large space.

With that said, they don't go as deep as the QS8s of course, and I think that he could really benefit from the QS8s instead, but he still does alright with QS4. Of the two, I've only had QS8s and really liked them. I don't have them any more as I are stepping into the next realm of home theater sound with Atmos and DTS:X, so I traded them in for some on-wall M3s that I am absolutely loving for accurate immersive sound imaging.
Posted by: JFArbique

Re: QS4 or QS8 in small room - 03/17/16 02:24 PM

Would on wall M3 be a good fit for the rear wall ?? since the back of my couch is approx. 4' from the wall...
Maybe not so good if I'm staying with DTS-HD for now...
Posted by: exlabdriver

Re: QS4 or QS8 in small room - 03/17/16 02:39 PM

I 'upgraded' from the 4s & the 8s in a medium size room. In the real world, I've heard absolutely no difference in performance.

I suggest that you go with the 4s if price is the deciding factor. Both models do their job exceedingly well & their powered wall mounting system is the slickest out there...

TAM
Posted by: JFArbique

Re: QS4 or QS8 in small room - 03/17/16 02:55 PM

Thank you for your advice.
Posted by: nickbuol

Re: QS4 or QS8 in small room - 03/17/16 03:23 PM

Yeah, a lot of it depends on where your crossover is set. I could see the QS8 and QS4 sounding virtually identical. The QS8 can obviously handle a lot more power, but that is relative as well.

As for the M3 vs QS# question, I loved my QS8s for the many years that I had them, I just knew, from the moment I heard my first Atmos demo that I wanted to have it. Now I am just about a week away from full implementation of it, and it does a lot better with monopole (regular) speakers than a traditionally diffused bi/di/quad-pole speaker (with the QS series being quadpole).

Also, a lot of people, for regular 7.1 setups, prefer monopole speakers (like the on-wall M series) for rear surrounds and QS ones for the sides. You won't go wrong either way in that aspect for traditional 7.1 sound.