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Hoggwood

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I am with Pete on the in-ceiling and rear mounts. Ears are not as multidirectional as speaker placement can be. I've found rears that fall between 210-330 degrees with respect to your viewing/listening position are sitting in the "dark zone". if they are behind your position they will have to be driven harder. A sound pressure meter really makes the set-up come alive when you balance channels.

Lots of speaker companies. I've run PSB, older Mordaunt Shorts (mix-match) 3-way towers and bookshelf center/surrounds, and currently B&W's. I am certain they all perfom(ed) beyond my well-used ears. Don't know of the availability of PSB (Canadian company) globally, but they were (and still are) well regarded and priced competitively. I'd like to still think a guy could get a really sweet sounding 5.1 setup from for <$4k new. Considerably less for gently used. Been a few years since I was in the market.

My bro runs Naim amps and Totem speakers. Whole different price point. Positively chubby inducing.
 

rocketnorton

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the faq dont answer much, but panel speakers were round in 70s & some sounded ok. in a sound room. never seen a set in a house.
wouldnt mind checkin those out, tho.
like anything "new", needs to prove itself. hard to beat round drivers, they work anywhere. even a high end horn has round driver behind it.
would like to try a 462 and the 500i. not likely to own either, tho.
 

PRJ

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Don't scrimp on wire either. It is as important as components. Monster Cable made some good stuff years ago, but I haven't kept up. I am running PhaseTec speakers, Denon power and a Yamaha p550 turntable. All wiring has been upgraded.

High-Conductivity Oxygen-Free (HCOF) copper wire.
 

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T1, do you need a Pioneer DDJ-RZ Dj controller? Make you deal on one cheap
How cheap? We never had a lot of instruments/music stuff in the house growing up. I'm trying to have lots of different things available for the kids, hoping they'll take an interest in something.
 

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Proficient c695s note the size of the components. IMG_3703.JPG

Polk VT60 which is supposedly the Best Buy $99 version of the V60 which is around $200. Components are much smaller, stamped steel vs the cast basket of the Proficient. IMG_3704.JPG


Polk on the left, paper(?) cone. Proficient, carbon fiber cone and +- switches for both bass and treble. IMG_3705.JPG

In my highly scientific cardboard test rig the Proficients sounded way clearer, to me.