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    Quote Originally Posted by House72 View Post
    HAHA, Yea, somewhat.. At first most people are like man your center is upright. Then I explain to them it's a bookshelf like the other two fronts. I'm still in the process of going Vertical or Horziontal with it.. Now, I plan on moving my sub to behind me, uggh, it never ends.. Off to Mononprice once again for a longer in wall rated sub cable...
    House, you might consider giving this a shot. We've used it and it works.

    http://www.audioengineusa.com/w1_home.php

    You'll plug yer boomer in to AC same like before but no need for stiff cabling to the other side if the room for signal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nobsplease View Post
    House, you might consider giving this a shot. We've used it and it works.

    http://www.audioengineusa.com/w1_home.php

    You'll plug yer boomer in to AC same like before but no need for stiff cabling to the other side if the room for signal.
    Does the Audioengine W1 suffer from interference from other wireless devices like routers, phones and the like? Is the frequency response the same as if the speaker was hard wired?

    Looks like a great solution, I'd love to test/audition one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nobsplease View Post
    House, you might consider giving this a shot. We've used it and it works.

    http://www.audioengineusa.com/w1_home.php

    You'll plug yer boomer in to AC same like before but no need for stiff cabling to the other side if the room for signal.
    Sounds like a great idea to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DigitalDoctor View Post
    Does the Audioengine W1 suffer from interference from other wireless devices like routers, phones and the like? Is the frequency response the same as if the speaker was hard wired?

    Looks like a great solution, I'd love to test/audition one.
    Seems to work well. Since .1 is narrow bandwidth there is no issue with frequency response and they claim to have optimised the send/recieve for audio band.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nobsplease View Post
    Seems to work well. Since .1 is narrow bandwidth there is no issue with frequency response and they claim to have optimised the send/recieve for audio band.
    Thanks. I just might have to look into this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DigitalDoctor View Post
    You know that you could just get some RG6 coax cable and put the RCA plugs on the ends yourself...
    Yea, I could do that as well..
    Quote Originally Posted by nobsplease View Post
    House, you might consider giving this a shot. We've used it and it works.

    http://www.audioengineusa.com/w1_home.php

    You'll plug yer boomer in to AC same like before but no need for stiff cabling to the other side if the room for signal.
    Thanks for the link, I'll have to look into that as well. I really don't mind having it hardwired, since I have access behind the walls, as well as, under my floors..
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    Your left and right speakers are alarmingly close together. THX and Dolby Labs reccomend the left and right being at least 7 feet apart, with a viewing distance from the screen being 8-10feet. Give that a try if you having already. Id use your center how it is in the pics. Great setup!
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    Default Re: 10 Speaker Buying Tips

    #9 on that list should be #1.

    You can't buy speakers without listening to them.

    Well, you can, but you really shouldn't.

    At worse, you should go listen to the same TYPE of speaker. For instance, if you can't hear the same model of Polk or Klipsch or Mirage or Martin Logan you should listen to the closest model to it.

    Some people love the open sound of an omni direction speaker like an EL or Mirage, other's hate it. But most of the time, a manufacturers models sound similar and you can listen to up model or down model versions from then and expect the sound to be similar but a little worse or better.

    Also, not all A/V friends will try and push you toward what they like (#2), some will give you the plus and minus of each type, and may point out the differences in each's sound.

    Also, with modern movie surround mixes today the surround speakers play a much more important roll. They used to only mix partial sounds into them because most people and theaters had smaller speakers back there, but today they will send full frequency effects to the surrounds when they pan the camera around and such. I say don't scrimp on your surrounds, they have much more importance with modern movies since descrete channels have become available. I actually bought my manufacturers next step up surround speakers then my fronts, and also had the matching surrounds. My personal testing between the two made me a believer in better surrounds.

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    Default Re: 10 Speaker Buying Tips

    Listening to them is SO critical. (by the way...I'm pretty sure L2W's post was not sorted by importance....just a list)

    And - if you can audition them at your home...even better yet. I was able to do this and what I thought sounded great at the store...didn't impress me as much at my home.
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    Default Re: 10 Speaker Buying Tips

    Quote Originally Posted by GOS View Post
    Listening to them is SO critical. (by the way...I'm pretty sure L2W's post was not sorted by importance....just a list)

    And - if you can audition them at your home...even better yet. I was able to do this and what I thought sounded great at the store...didn't impress me as much at my home.
    I've always felt that in store auditions were very limited...for instance..you go to Magnolia at my local Best Buy...they have dedicated rooms for audio..complete with acoustic panels..and the dimensions of the room and materials in it are so different than my home environment...the only thing you can really determine is how good they "can" be under certain conditions...

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedking View Post
    I've always felt that in store auditions were very limited...for instance..you go to Magnolia at my local Best Buy...they have dedicated rooms for audio..complete with acoustic panels..and the dimensions of the room and materials in it are so different than my home environment...the only thing you can really determine is how good they "can" be under certain conditions...
    I think that an audition in a controlled or optimised environment is the most telling method of deciding speaker sound quality. A crappy environment never improves the sound of a component. Also, today's receivers have very sophisticated room correction systems. This makes the room acoustics much less of a factor than just a few years ago and makes it much more likely that you'll hear the speaker's true sound unmolested by picture windows and fat furniture.

    Home auditions are possibly more informative for experienced listeners with a great set-up and the patience to recalibrate their system for every speaker change (although that's kind of a wash because most retailers won't do that either).
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