True DD5.1 / DTS without a sub?

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by Fred G, Oct 11, 2003.

  1. Fred G

    Fred G Agent

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    I have an Onkyo HTR-500 receiver and need some speakers to compliment them.

    I was interested in getting the Fluance AV-HTB specifically because 1) I will be listening to music 80% of the time and 2) The fronts give great bass without a sub (I particularly don't want a sub due to space constraints and my unwillingness to disturb the neighbors).


    However, when listening to a DVD, I don't want to completely loose the bass. With a 5.0 setup, is the Bass re-routed to the front speakers, or is the LFE channel completely lost?

    Do DTS/DD5.1 DVDs send "all" the bass to the LFE channel?



    On a second note, this setup will be used in a small room (~100sqft). Most of the time music and movies will be played at low volumes. Is the audio quality with floor speakers good at low volumes, or would satellites be better?

    I was also looking into other setups:

    JBL NSP1II 5-Piece - after you add a sub it becomes more expensive than the Flaunce, and the sub is considerably large.

    Acoustic Research HC6 - seems impossible to find. A bit more expensive since Best Buy does not carry them anymore. I like the aesthetics of this setup a bit more than the JBLs and at $350 they'd cost about the same as the NSP1 IIs and a sub.


    As you can see the Fluance's are very attractive as they likely not only sound better than the others (especially for music [2 towers]), but without the sub (which I can live without) are much cheaper.
     
  2. Edward J M

    Edward J M Cinematographer

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    For capturing all the bass without a sub if you have bass-capable mains:

    1) Set the mains to Large.
    2) Set the subwoofer to Off/No.
    3) Set the remaining speakers to Small.

    In addition to sending the mains a full range L/R signal, this will also route the LFE channel and the low passed bass from the other surround channels, to the mains.

    This is what I commonly refer to as "triple bass duty" for the mains. I hope you have a powerful high current amp because this configuration requires a LOT of power at anything over very moderate volumes for bassy DVDs.
     
  3. Chad_Henry

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    Actually, BB does still carry the AR HC6 system, but only online. Go the the website and you can order it for $300.
     
  4. Fred G

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    Chad, do you know what to search for? I have tried many times and the HC6s don't show up.
     
  5. Chad_Henry

    Chad_Henry Stunt Coordinator

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    Fred,

    Seems you're right, BB no longer lists them on the website. The best price I could find anywhere else was at Overstock.com.

    Disappointing to me as well, I was planning on getting these for my bedroom in the place we're building.

    The thing is, I just saw them listed there a week or so ago I think, so they apparently pulled them very recently.
     

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