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Mike Frezon

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Progress.

Elacs Debut 4.2 ordered Wednesday from Amazon. Delivered Thursday. Installed Friday.

Here's how they fit the room:

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They passed the WAF test. Not with flying colors mind you. But they seem to have passed. Peg would absolutely love it if I could go even smaller with speakers. She loved it several years ago when I gave up my inferior Polk towers for these wall-mounted bookshelf Polks.

How do they sound? How is the Atmos?

I won't be able to tell you until the receiver shows up.

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I've never understood what the issue is with women and electronics/speakers. They love to "decorate" the house with a bunch of useless non-functional items, but when you want to install a functional entertainment system that will actually enhance your enjoyment of life, it hits the fan.
 

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Finally got tracking info!

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So, while I've been waiting, I've attached banana plugs to all speaker wire at the receiver end-of-things. Something to do, right? And it sure did neaten up things on the backside of my X2000. I also removed my crudely hand-written masking tape labels on my cables and did professional-looking Dymo labels. Those darn speaker terminals on the receiver are mighty close together.

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So...I figure I'm in excellent shape when the receiver comes in Monday.

But then earlier today, I had a thought. I keep reading about the need to have up-to-date HDMI cables. And I'm not sure I do. They're from Monoprice and I was surprised to find out (from my order history) that the most recent HDMI cables I've purchased are from back in January 2015. The only description of the cables is that they are "28 AWG High Speed HDMI Cables with Ferrite Cores." Is that good enough for my gear in 2019? Keep in mind that while I have 3 HDMI cables connecting an Oppo 203, Arris Cable Box and Apple 4kTV to my new Denon X3600h...I am only connecting the outbound HDMI cable to a 1080p Panasonic TC-P55ST50 plasma (no 4k). Whaddya think?
 

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Those are the same banana plugs I use. They're a lot of labor to get installed, but you get nice, solid connections. They're available with different brand names

Regarding hdmi, since you're using a 1080 TV, it probably doesn't matter... for now. When I was upgrading to Atmos/4K capable receiver/processor the last year in two systems, I decided to go ahead and just update all of my hdmi cables at the same time. The cost is really quite minimal. So I got 3 and 6 ft versions of THESE, as well as one longer, thin, powered one to go to the TV in my HT, which needs a 15' cable. that cable cost me about $30. I figured, my hdmi cables were such a hodgepodge, why not just update all of them and be done with it. Less than $5 per cable...
 
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Mike Frezon

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Thanks, John.

I got the two-screw version of banana plugs. Those made the most sense to me design-wise. Those wires ain't gonna get pulled out of those connectors! I enjoyed a playoff baseball game on my phone while I was installing the plugs!

And I appreciate the answer to the HDMI question. I figure I'll do the same thing when I eventually have to upgrade to the 4k TV. If I wait long enough, maybe there'll be something newer than HDMI 2.1 by then. But, yeah, then I'll just swap out ALL the HDMI cables to eliminate any potential issues. There's just not that many and they're not that expensive.
 

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I've never understood what the issue is with women and electronics/speakers. They love to "decorate" the house with a bunch of useless non-functional items, but when you want to install a functional entertainment system that will actually enhance your enjoyment of life, it hits the fan.
Too much HGTV. ;)

I am in a similar boat, and have not added any height speakers to my setup -- despite having a Atmos-capable Denon X3300W receiver. We have old oak paneling in our family room that I am reluctant to scar with mounting brackets, and in-ceiling isn't something I want to do, either. A pair of ELAC reflecting speakers sitting on top of my B&W 604 tower speakers to an eight foot ceiling has been a consideration, though. I just have not got around to trying it, and I would have to lose the rear center speakers in my current 7.1 setup, as my Denon model will only do either 7.1 or 5.1.2 -- not 7.1.2.
 

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