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#1 of 18 David Galindo

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Posted August 02 2004 - 05:26 PM

Well, this is very odd. Whats weirder is that this costs $800.

http://news.teamxbox....-Sound-Systems

Id love to see a demo of this in action, thats for sure!

#2 of 18 JamesCB

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Posted August 03 2004 - 12:59 AM

OK. That's the UGLIEST speaker I have ever seen.

Have you ever seen this? I have been bugging my dealer to get one to demo. Only $650 MSRP.

#3 of 18 Brad_See

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Posted August 03 2004 - 03:49 AM

A recent home theater magazine had a review of the Niro speaker. Can't remember which mag but I read the review in Barnes and Noble. I think they were impressed by it but it still wasn't entirely convincing in the rear channel sound. I think they said it was, so far, one of the best at attempting the "5.1 from one cabinet" type of deal.

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#4 of 18 Rob.melone

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Posted August 03 2004 - 05:04 AM

I suggest you visit the Nirotech website. I have heard this system and for HT it has remarkable presence and clarity. Surround sound while not the same as having a hardwired speaker is surprisingly entertaining. The sub (for its size) is most impressive with an excellent blend with the speaker array. The web site offers a free trial offer.

#5 of 18 anth_c

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Posted August 04 2004 - 12:25 PM

M&K (Miller & Kreisel) has a similar offering:

http://www.mksound.com/mp4512.htm

Have not listened to it, but it's a novel concept that may be appropriate in a dorm, bed room, or conference room.

The soundtrack's of many movies have been mixed on M&K's speakers.

#6 of 18 JamesCB

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Posted August 05 2004 - 12:30 AM

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M&K (Miller & Kreisel) has a similar offering:


What? My link didn't work? I just posted the same thing above.

James

Just another example of posting without reading the previous posts.

#7 of 18 Michael Cawcutt

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Posted August 05 2004 - 04:13 PM

I once saw in best buy a two speaker system that was 5.1 - I forget the total science of how it worked, but the angle of the drivers, or direction of the soundwaves. etc.. something like that made it feel that it was true 5.1 with sound from the rear. It was "fairly" accurate, but I'll stick to actually having speakers in the rear that I can hear and see Posted Image

#8 of 18 Mark gas

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Posted August 05 2004 - 07:00 PM

So do you run 5 pairs of speaker wires to the box from the reciver or just 1 pair?

#9 of 18 Shane Martin

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Posted August 05 2004 - 11:44 PM

IIRC, Bose has one of these type setups as well.

#10 of 18 Lee Carbray

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Posted August 06 2004 - 06:44 AM

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So do you run 5 pairs of speaker wires to the box from the reciver or just 1 pair?


For the M&K one, yes. 6 pair to be exact. The niro one does not need a receiver you just hook your digital out from the DVD player.
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#11 of 18 JamesCB

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Posted August 06 2004 - 07:14 AM

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IIRC, Bose has one of these type setups as well.


I would trust the M&K unit to have a much better sound quality and resolution. Bose has no interest in sound quality or accurate reproduction.

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For the M&K one, yes. 6 pair to be exact.


Why 6? It is only for 5.1 (note: Technicaly 5.0, a sub is needed/reccomended for 5.1)

This weekend I'm going to ask my dealer about getting this for audition.

James

#12 of 18 Kevin Nolan

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Posted August 06 2004 - 07:34 PM

Please folks don't try this at home or in your dorm room unless you don't care about real 5.1 sound.
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#13 of 18 Shane Martin

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Posted August 07 2004 - 12:51 AM

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I would trust the M&K unit to have a much better sound quality and resolution. Bose has no interest in sound quality or accurate reproduction
They are all the same to me when it comes to one speaker producing 5.1 worth of sound.

#14 of 18 anth_c

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Posted August 07 2004 - 11:25 AM

I haven't heard it yet, but I think the all in one speaker could be a good compromise for a bedroom or for someone who is not or will not appreciate the performance of a 5.1 system with speakers for each channel. For those of us that are really into home theater I would never consider an all-in-one speaker for one's primary theater.

We need someone to go out and listen to it.

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Posted August 07 2004 - 11:44 AM

Pardon me for being skeptical, but I have heard too many systems claim a "5.1" experience from two speakers and have never been fooled. They sound way to artificial.

I hope I was not the only one to see what Shane was getting at, and I think he hit the nail right on the head.

#16 of 18 JamesCB

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Posted August 10 2004 - 12:22 AM

I did ask my dealer this weekend to order one for audition. I hold high hopes for overall sound quality from this product. M&K seems to know sound quality. Creating a beleivable surround experience from a single enclosure is, at best, a compromise. Each company that tries it has their method. It's an interesting niche to fill, where space is severely limited. I'll keep you posted if I get to hear the M&K.

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#17 of 18 Lee Carbray

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Posted August 10 2004 - 02:54 AM

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Why 6? It is only for 5.1 (note: Technicaly 5.0, a sub is needed/reccomended for 5.1)



???? you got me??? I just counted the binding post in the picture.
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#18 of 18 JamesCB

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Posted August 10 2004 - 03:56 AM

What binding posts? Sorry, I'm not seeing the same thing. None the less, it has 5 inputs (5.0).
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