old school Boston Acoustics THX speakers?

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  1. Chris Shelly

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    About 10 years ago I put together an old school home THX system. I have a Kenwood KC-X1 and KM-X1 6ch amplifier. For speakers I have the Boston Acoustics speaker package with 3 large front speakers and 2 dipole surrounds and 2 12 inch unpowered subs.

    The amplifier and controller have long been forgotten because they are big and clunky and don't even offer digital sound. Back in the day it was pretty good stuff.

    The speakers are currently sitting in my basement tucked away in the corner but recently I have been giving them a second thought. Anyone care to guess how these speakers might stack up against what is available today?

    I mothballed them because they were big and clunky when I purchased my Dolby Digital/DTS receiver. I replaced them with a NSP1/PB12 speaker package and thought the JBL's sounded pretty darn good for the size. Lately though I have been wondering how they might sound with my new receiver.

    The THX spec back then was strict compared to what it is now. They had to use certain principles in design that supposedly made them sound better but was also considered controversial as well.

    Mains 555X
    Surrounds 575X
    Subwoofers 595X (I think)

    Since I work in the film industry I can pick up a QSC amp at cost. This is industrial amp that can be bridged to deliver over 1000W into my 2 12 inch subs. Might be overkill for what I need but I can get this amp for cheaper then what a consumer grade would be.

    Right now it is just a thought because i have been looking to upgrade my NSP1/PB12 speakers with something better. However I might just have something better already.

    I know it is kind of a stupid and odd post but I am just thinking with my fingers.

    Chris
     
  2. ColinM

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    Go for it. I'll bet they'll smoke the JBL's, but then again, they should.

    If your rec has pre-outs, try the Kenwoods, too!
     
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    I'll bet for movies the Boston THX speakers will blow away the JBLs. The THX spec for speakers really does make a difference.

    Personally, I think speaker design reached a point of diminishing returns in the mid-to-late 80's (especially because laser interferometry became widespread around that time). Nowadays it's just a matter of fixing nit-picky & tiny sonic aberrations that only show up on test equipment. There are improvements, especially in the area of the price-to-performance ratio, but they are appearing at a much slower pace nowadays.

    This is why I think the "hi-end" brands are so outrageously priced--it costs big $$$ to squeeze those last remaining drops of improvements out of today's available technology.

    LJ
     
  4. Chris Shelly

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  5. ColinM

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    Lay down a piece of MDF the same size as the top of your TV for extra rigidity, and add some tacky putty to the corners of the speaker.

    It's what, 5 feet off the ground? Yikes!

    I think the JBL's will be on ebay soon...Let me know if you don't want the Bostons...[​IMG]
     
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    ColinM,

    I might try what you suggest for the center speaker. At the time the speaker fell it was sitting on top of a 46" Sony RPTV. I would say it fell about 5 feet on the top right corner denting it slightly. I tried to order a replacement from Boston Acoustics but it was no longer in production. Since the speaker sounded just fine I learned to live with it.

    I got a pretty good deal on these. MSRP was $3,000 for the set but I got them on close out for $1,499. Those were the days.

    Interestingly I am having a hard time finding any information on these speakers on the net. I searched the several home theater web sites and found nothing about them.

    I found the spec sheets and they are not very efficient speakers. The mains are 88db and the surrounds and subs are 85db. The are sealed enclosures so that's part of it and they are designed for a high powered high current THX certified amplifier.

    One thing I just noticed has me a little concerned. The mains roll off all frequencies below 80Hz and the subs roll off everything above 80Hz as per THX spec. My new receiver has 3 options but non of them are 80 Hz. I have the options of 100 Hz, 150 Hz or 200 Hz. I am thinking I will be good if I go large on the fronts and just let the internal speaker crossovers roll off everything.

    Chris
     
  7. ColinM

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    100 should work Ok...They'll blend in well I'm sure.

    Let us know how it compares!
     

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