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  1. Steve_Ma

    Should I stick with my B&Ws for HT, or buy dedicated speakers?

    A 602 center would probably sound better, but it might not look as good. Also, I do not think the 602s are magnetically shielded, so keep that in mind as it will likely interfere with the TV's picture if it's right on top on below the picture tube. --steve
  2. Steve_Ma

    Should I stick with my B&Ws for HT, or buy dedicated speakers?

    A 602 center would probably sound better, but it might not look as good. Also, I do not think the 602s are magnetically shielded, so keep that in mind as it will likely interfere with the TV's picture if it's right on top on below the picture tube. --steve
  3. Steve_Ma

    Whats your favorite sub and surround sound demo?

    All the THX intros are great for surrounds. Oh, and lets not forget any of the 15 or so depth charge scenes from U571 for subs. --steve
  4. Steve_Ma

    Whats your favorite sub and surround sound demo?

    All the THX intros are great for surrounds. Oh, and lets not forget any of the 15 or so depth charge scenes from U571 for subs. --steve
  5. Steve_Ma

    Should I stick with my B&Ws for HT, or buy dedicated speakers?

    Agree. Those 602's are great for music and more than enough to accomodate HT applications. Make sure you have a strong sub. Look at the 601s for surrounds and the aforementioned center(s). You'll have a great 2ch setup that will ROCK for HT as well. --Steve
  6. Steve_Ma

    Should I stick with my B&Ws for HT, or buy dedicated speakers?

    Agree. Those 602's are great for music and more than enough to accomodate HT applications. Make sure you have a strong sub. Look at the 601s for surrounds and the aforementioned center(s). You'll have a great 2ch setup that will ROCK for HT as well. --Steve
  7. Steve_Ma

    B&W 601 s2

    I don't think you got "ripped off" but I don't think you got the deal-of-the-century either. Didn't they retail for $450/$500 new? 5 years ago? Look, don't fret it. They're great speakers. I have both the 603s and the 601s and have used them both as mains at different points for practical...
  8. Steve_Ma

    Calibrating for my SVS PB2 Plus

    Quality bass does not necesarilly equal loud bass! If you can measure a good Response, then I'd leave it alone for a few weeks before tweaking. You might need to get used to hearing a higher quality, more accurate type of bass. --steve
  9. Steve_Ma

    Reference Level?

    -10 to -20 for me is the norm for me. I've listened to reference level material in a home environment in a much higher end setup than mine. Hearing clean ref level material was impressive ... but at those levels, my own system strains and sounds ... not as good.
  10. Steve_Ma

    Sub Frequency Response-How flat is good enough?

    I would agree. Consider yourself lucky. I'd be psyched with that kind of natural in-room-response. --steve
  11. Steve_Ma

    Sub Frequency Response-How flat is good enough?

    I agree with Matt, I think that's pretty good, esp with no EQ. --steve
  12. Steve_Ma

    BFD House Curves and Calibration

    Wayne, Thanks for the link. That is more than enough info for me to chew on for awhile. I really liked the discussion on cabin gain in various rooms vs the nearfield environments of a recording studio. It's certainly a place for me to start to get my hands around this....but I still feel...
  13. Steve_Ma

    Rate your own speakers...honestly!

    Sure. What I meant was that I was hard pressed to hear/percieve any difference at all between my system with an 80hz or a 100hz x-over. The only way I could tell there was a difference was by measuring the system/room's response. One was clearly flatter than the other (100hz). Prior to this...
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    BFD House Curves and Calibration

    I understand the Fletcher-Munson curve, but I never quite undertood the reason for the house curve or how it relates to accuracy (if we assume accuracy as a goal). Or does it relate at all? OK, humans are less sensitive to the lower freqs. Fine, that makes sense to me. But then why...
  15. Steve_Ma

    Rate your own speakers...honestly!

    Justin/John, I'm pretty sure at that price point nowadays, you'd get an adjustable x-over. But I bought about 3 or 4 years ago. I tried running the mains off of the speaker level connects and used the sub's crossover to try to get more out of my mains (towers that are solid to ~43hz)...
  16. Steve_Ma

    Rate your own speakers...honestly!

    Good Thread. My setup: overall....7/10 B&Ws driven by Marantz components. * Mains B&W 603S2s: I'd rate em a 7/10. I still love these tower mains, despite the fact that they get bad press compared to the CDM lineup. * Sub is a B&W ASW1000. I'll also give it a 7/10. It rolls off pretty...
  17. Steve_Ma

    Subwoofer Shootout : Hsu Vs. SVS : Methodolgy

    Ken, Your point is well made. However, not everyone has the tools/time/ability or inclination to build their own sub. For people in that situation, I think this type of shootout is going to be pretty fun and informative. Craig, I applaud your efforts (and your wallet) and look forward to...
  18. Steve_Ma

    Bass management questions for new setup

    I think your best bet is scenario A. But, if it sounds better to you, go with B. Take a look at the following article. Pay particular attention to the last paragraph. That and the info preceeding it directly addresses your concern about "wasting" the lower end of tower speakers when set to...
  19. Steve_Ma

    What Volume should I drive my speakers?

    As Stephen pointed out, this depends on alot: Room size/volume, how much power does that HK deliver per ch, did you calibrate your speakers and how, blah blah blah.... ok, enough of the disclaimer. I use 603S2s for my mains, but I am driving them with a Marantz SR7000 AVR. I have 100w/ch...
  20. Steve_Ma

    Bi-wiring - That much difference?

    I had some extra 12ga speaker wire, so I bi-wired my B&W's (which are "made" to be bi-wired). I noticed no difference at all. I'm glad I tried it, but all it did was give me some "peace of mind" that I wasn't missing anything. --Steve
  21. Steve_Ma

    What are some of better brands of speakers?

    Hi Seam. Welcome to the Party! Not to dodge your question, but the answer lies in how much you want to spend. A Toyota Camry is a great car, but if you have 50K to spend on a vehicle, you can get a heck of a lot more car. Don't be afraid to post your range, as you will find the members...
  22. Steve_Ma

    B & W Subwoofers

    Sorry, I have no experience with either of those units. But, I do have an older ASW1000. I remain happy with it and have no plans to upgrade anytime real soon. It serves me well for both Home theater and music. That being said: I have a pretty small HT room that is easy to pressurize. I do...
  23. Steve_Ma

    My dog is a subwoofer...

    I'm with FeisalK. However, if you are stuck on dogs, and have no room for cats in the budget, I might suggest getting a smaller dog to cover the upper frequencies. Something along the lines of a poodle or a small terrier should compliment your existing Malamute nicelly.
  24. Steve_Ma

    Calibrate Subwoofer with Other Speakers

    I have the Marantz SR7000. I also calibrated my speakers with the volume knob set to 0. Using an SPL meter and a 100hz x-over, my sub's volume is also only at about 20% of it's max setting. I think the sub's ch level is at something like -6 or -7 or something. Bottom line: Who cares? Neither...
  25. Steve_Ma

    Does anyone really listen to movies with bass peaks at 115-118db?

    I leave my sub calibrated flat for both movies and music. I'm usually listening to movies at -15 and music at about -10. --Steve
  26. Steve_Ma

    How do you keep your speakers "kid safe"?

    Be afraid.... Be very afraid! Kids and HT don’t play well together. I’ve often considered boxing up and storing my equipment in the attic and getting a cheap HT-in-a-box setup till my kids get older. But, on the few occasions I still get to use my setup, I appreciate it, so it’s not going...
  27. Steve_Ma

    Sub & Overall Speaker Performance

    You are right on in that you'll get better performance out of your mains by taking the bass burden off them. I have pretty capable towers. They are real good to about 45hz or so and have 7" woofers. I never run them without my sub for that very reason. --Steve
  28. Steve_Ma

    Music Only

    I'm probably in the minority here, but if I were setting up a stereo system for 2K, I would spend my money on a speaker and sub combo. Low freq stuff is not reserved only for movies and pipe organs. Do some research and find out how low bass/kick drums, pianos, and bass guitars can go. hint...
  29. Steve_Ma

    What music do you use to audition speakers?

    I agree with Chris. In addition to "your music" being music that you'll likely to listen to at home: It's also probably material you've heard a number of times before and are familiar with. You'll be able to get a better sense of which speakers are reproducing this "known" material in a way...
  30. Steve_Ma

    Internal Test Tones vs Calibration Disk

    The internal test tones in my Marantz SR7000 are identical for all speakers, which is good. It's interesting to note, however, that the internal tones are 5db low, compared to the test tones on the VE disk.
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