Is it the receiver or the speakers?

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  1. Kevin_F

    Kevin_F Stunt Coordinator

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    Maybe you guys can help me with this. A few weeks ago I listened to Matrix Reloaded, the first scene in particular, and it was playing on a Marantz 5500 with PSB T55 speakers and I loved how detailed it was, hearing the broken glass fall was a beautiful thing, it put a smile on both mine and my wife's face.

    Today, I listened to Paradigm Reference Studio 100, (I am not sure of the receiver), with the same scene playing and I heard more detail from the first set up.

    My question is does the speaker or the receiver determine how much detail I hear from a movie scene?

    Both setups were 5.1
     
  2. John S

    John S Producer

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    Both, of course.. I mean, at that point it is the A/D converters, Processor, Pre-amp stages, power amp stages, and speakers. They all contribute as well as can hurt if they aren't up to par.
     
  3. John Garcia

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    A great speaker without enough power will not deliver great detail. A great receiver,pre/pro,etc... with average speakers will also not deliver great detail. Great speakers AND receiver with an average source could once again lack in detail. Everything has to work together. Everything being setup correctly can be a factor as well.
     
  4. Kevin_F

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    That is what makes shopping for the right equipment so difficult [​IMG]
     
  5. John S

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    Good point John Garcia, I forgot all about the source!!!!

    Yep Kevin in a nutshell.. It is not about having the best, but having something you can be happy with. [​IMG]
     
  6. Kevin_F

    Kevin_F Stunt Coordinator

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    I think that I have FINALLY decided on my setup:

    Integra 6.5 receiver
    PSB T65 fronts
    Panny 700 projector
    Dalite 106" HCCV screen

    After purchasing this setup, I will be 'spent', but I will eventually build towards a 7.1 system, but I am sure I will be happy with the above setup until I can add to it.
     
  7. David Judah

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    Don't forget the effect the room and placement has, as well as how the equipment is configured, which can be hit or miss at alot of retailers.

    At any rate, that will be a very nice setup.

    Enjoy.

    DJ
     
  8. John S

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    Oh man, the room as well.. Once again, should of been included in my post as well..

    A lot does come into play to get that audio to your ears.
     
  9. John Garcia

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    Room is definitely a factor, but I didn't put that in there specifically (I consider that part of "setup") because the room should not have a huge impact on subtle detail unless there is a serious problem. Small changes in speaker positioning can make very noticable differences though.
     
  10. Kevin_F

    Kevin_F Stunt Coordinator

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    I agree with you guys about the room having an effect, I just find it strange that this store would have a room dedicated to show off a 5.1 system, but not have the equipment configured correct, or have it in a room that has bad acoustics. But I understand what you guys are saying, if one device in the setup is off, it can effect everything else in the setup.
     
  11. John S

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    One easy example of such a bad room would be.. Big Box stores open with about 10,000 SQ Foot of space. [​IMG]
     
  12. Kevin_F

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    That is the weird part, this wasn't one of those, it was a dedicated home a/v store with 1 dedicated room set up for 5.1
     

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