Request to Audiophiles: Speakers
grady at ibiblio.org
Tue Dec 2 15:47:14 EST 2008
Ah, so you've got at least A/B speaker outs on the receiver, so if you
do just one per room, you can cover 4 rooms without having to worry
about additional distribution amps or impedance issues. All you gotta
worry about is stereo, and/or the lack thereof ;-)
I think I'd do 2 rooms to start, and just mount one in the ceiling
drywall, and build the box for the other one, and see which one sounds
better. You're right that the drywall is the wildcard, as it will
resonate (or not) differently depending on the distance between the
joists, the thickness of the drywall, and the finished surface on it.
Just remember that the final arbiter is your ears, as in what sounds
best at the volume you intend to listen at.
As for picking & choosing between the ones you're looking at, that's
what Google is for ;-)
I have a buddy who is in the middle of a GIANT home-automation install,
which surely included some A/V work; I'll forward your question to him &
see if he has any thoughts.
Monkey Boy wrote:
> Thanks, Ross.
> I have two very good AV receivers and I'd hate to sell one just to buy
> something else. Right now, one is going directly to the TV and the other I
> thought to use as a house stereo, that's why I thought of buying wall
> First, I'd mount them one to each room in the ceiling where I have nothing
> but attic above. To create a chamber, I was planning to use some of my oak
> or cherry board scraps to make a box between the rafters and over top of the
> speaker. The only unknown is the drywall surface around the speaker. Will it
> dampen it too much, will it resonate too much? I dunno...
> I have 12AWG CL2 Rated 2-Conductor cable already to use and I would
> basically run them across the attic and down to a junction that would drop
> near the receiver.
> The receiver can access my networked digital song collection as well as
> shoutcast radio stations (teh internets) and over the air radio. (basically:
> WKNC, WXDU, and WXYC) I think I can program a software interface that will
> allow me to use a remote for each room, on or off, but that's about it for
> the budget I have set.
>> From: grady <grady at ibiblio.org>
>> Subject: Re: Request to Audiophiles: Speakers
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>> Any differences in sound caused by woofer cone materials are going to be
>> dwarfed by the differences imparted by the wall cavities they're mounted
>> in, I suspect. As you're no doubt learning, drivers and crossovers make
>> up only a portion of the cost & complexity of a set of speakers; the
>> design & materials of the enclosures are equally important.
>> How many speakers are you thinking of buying? How are you planning to
>> run the wire? How many & what kind of distribution amps are you looking at?
>> And how much of your music is digitized already? If you plan to do a lot
>> of listening to digital music, you might consider something like a set
>> of Squeezeboxes, connected to existing audio systems, or to freestanding
>> powered speakers.
>> I only have one Squeezebox (the Classic) myself, so I can't really speak
>> to how well multiple boxes sync up their playback under real-world
>> conditions. In theory it works, though . . .
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