THX speakers for music some thoughts

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by lakshmant, Mar 23, 2006.

  1. lakshmant

    lakshmant Agent

    Feb 25, 2004
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    here is the text also

    Though this point of view sounds like it makes sense, speakers are speakers. Accurate, low distortion speakers with a neutral frequency response should be able to reproduce anything you send them. However, every speaker sounds different, because they all have some level of coloration and distortion. Additionally, speaker designers frequently adjust the sound of their designs to fit their taste or to produce a sound that they believe is saleable. That's why you’ll find some speakers that are extremely lively with lots of booming bass and sizzling highs, for example. They were designed for that quick sale to the less knowledgeable consumer.

    When shopping for speakers listen for those that sound natural when using well recorded material. Human voices are ideal to use because you listen to people speak every day of your life. Your ability to recognize a realistic sounding voice may surprise you. But be sure to use a well recorded voice. Also use a broad selection of instruments to check out the frequency extremes.

    Secondarily, speaker set-up and positioning has an enormous impact on their sound. So be sure the store has them positioned well, and if not, ask to move them to an acceptable location. At the very least, pull them out so they aren't directly alongside others or the TV. Make sure the subwoofer level is properly set, and it's positioned up against the wall or in a corner. If you can’t get them positioned well, move very close to the speakers and aim them towards your position. This is called near-field listening and it eliminates much of the room reflection that can color the sound.

    The requirements for home theater speakers are somewhat different then for music only speakers. In particular, the dispersion pattern for the speakers has a big impact on soundtrack reproduction. The front speakers should deliver a wide, even sound field because there are usually several people watching a movie. But limiting the vertical spread of sound helps dialogue intelligibility by reducing floor and ceiling reflections. Early on in the development of home theater system several manufacturers used something called a Line Source comprised of multiple tweeters to create these desirable dispersion patterns. Unfortunately, a side result of these designs was a brightness and sometimes harshness, particularly off axis of the speaker. When we introduced the first 3-way, MTM array configured high-end L/C/R’s, all that changed.

    Today there are any number of high quality home theater speaker system that sound just fine on music and movies. Of course, we believe that ours are among the best. And if you factor in price compared to their performance you'll find little real competition for Atlantic Technology systems.

    Bottom line, don't believe the many audio "old wives tales" that frequent the internet and some popular user groups. Use your ears, and we believe if you had any doubt before, it will all be erased upon a serious and close listen.

    In summary, most movie soundtracks have music beds playing through 80-90% off the film. Hence, if you don't do music, you don't do movies! This is one of the most distinguishing points between Atlantic Technology THX speakers and most of our competitors. We welcome you to use music first when auditioning our fine products.

    I totally agree with atlantic tech on this,if yu want smile curves on speakers to make voice sound smooth mellow etc etc ,then get those speakers,if yu want to hear how the engineer heard them get proper accurate and nuetral speakers not just THX ones there are are quite a few out there THX is a start.

    imagine star wars without music,switch of the center channel in yur setup if yu can and listen to the music premix in 6.1 sound yu will know what i mean.

    too much of this topic has been debated i feel everywhere ,a good flat response speaker is good for all signals as it shows the envoirment around the recording and the accurate tonal signature.
  2. Andrew Pratt

    Andrew Pratt Producer

    Dec 8, 1998
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    I think most peoples problem with THX speaker for music isn't the flat response but the dispersion pattern being too limited to provide a sense of depth and ambience.
  3. Bhagi Katbamna

    Bhagi Katbamna Supporting Actor

    Jun 1, 2000
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    The dispersion is limited vertically, not horizontally, so if the height of the speakers is the same as ear-height, it shoudn't be a problem. I agree with the OP that people prefer a uptilt of the mid-bass and treble and high-end speaker companies are more than happy to provide it.

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