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What is the best crossover frequency for my 5.2 home theater set up?

What is the best crossover frequency for my 5.2 home theater set up

I am finishing up setting up my 5.2 home theater and was wondering what is the best crossover frequency for my speakers including my two subwoofers. I read 80hz is standard but wanted to get your opinion to get the best sound.

- Marc Vuong
San Jose, CA

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Resolving Audio Dropouts, what to do?

Resolving Audio Dropouts, what to do

What do you recommend to resolve audio dropouts on my Denon avrx1100w? Whatever I watch, the audio drops out for a second sporadically. I use this receiver with Totem Acoustic Rainmakers and Pioneer bookshelf speakers.

- Francesco Barbara
New York, NY

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Projector Calibration: Improvements for Black-and-White image Projection?

Projector Calibration

I came across Chris Eberle's excellent advice regarding calibrating black and white movies on a KURO display, and I'm hoping his knowledge will extend to my question...

- Christopher M
Seattle, WA

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Speaker set-up: Towers, center channel, subs ….concerned about sound now, since not all speakers are here, and future sound when complete

Speaker set-upm

I ordered a pair of Chane A3rx-c's towers and a Chane A2rx-c center channel and a Denon 4520CI AVR but some of the speakers are out of stock until late March so I was planning on just running...

- Corey W
Stanley, WI

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Is 4K upscaling Blu-ray player required for Ultra HD TV-QA?

Is 4K upscaling Blu-ray player required for Ultra HD TV-QA?

I have recently purchased a Samsung Ultra HD TV. Given that the TV up-converts incoming signals, is there any reason to purchase a 4K upscaling Blu-ray player?

- Cliff H.
Mahwah, NJ

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Vintage analog stereo and audio system: is there a cost effective method to introduce signal delays among speakers

Vintage analog stereo and audio system

This might take a moment to "set up," so I hope I can get to my two questions without completely losing you! I have vintage analog equipment for stereo audio and video reproduction...

- Brad S
Battle Creek, MI

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5.1 Surround Amplifiers and Receivers Compatibility with new Decoders and Analog Q&A

5.1 surround amplifiers and receivers compatibility with new decoders and analog

I have been into audio since 1974 and have upgraded may times (still have the old stuff). I now have Blue-ray and full HD projector as well as a full HD video camera. I have been looking at receivers and amps that have HDMI in and thru as well as DTS-HD...

- Brian M.
Willaston, Australia

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Tweeter and Midrange Driver Placement Q&A

Tweeter and Midrange Driver Placement

Question:  I see speakers that have the tweeter in the middle of the midrange driver. What advantage does that give?

- Roy H.
Vancouver, BC

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KEF LS50s or Goldenear Triton Sevens for multi-channel use

KEF LS50s or Goldenear Triton Sevens for multi-channel use

Question:  I currently have a 7.1 setup with Denon AVR-3313CI receiver and Infinity Primus speaker set (P363, PC351, P153). Recently I have decided to sell/trade in my Infinity set, and replace it with either a KEF LS50 or Goldenear Triton Seven...

- Abul M.
Ontario, CA

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Speaker Enclosure Size – Effect on Audio Quality

KEF LS50s or Goldenear Triton Sevens for multi-channel use

Does a speaker’s enclosure size have any effect on audio quality? I've always assumed a larger enclosure size is better, but I never understood why that is the case.

- Tyrone B.
Winsford, Cheshire UK

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Moving Magnet vs Moving Coil

Moving Magnet vs Moving Coil

I bought a new turntable but am still trying to decide on the cartridge. Should I get a moving magnet (MM) or moving coil (MC) cartridge? What price range should I consider assuming I have mid-priced components in my audio system?

- Tony M
Phoenix, AR

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Speakers with No Box Enclosure

Speakers with No Box Enclosure

I heard some speakers at a local HiFi show and they were mounted on a single board with no box enclosure, so you could look behind the board and see all of the speakers, wiring, and cross over network. What is supposed to be the desired effect of mounting them this way?

- Steve G
Atlanta, GA

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Speaker Cone Material: Best Performance?

Speaker Cone Material: Best Performance?

Speaker cones seem to be made out of a lot of different materials. Hasn’t some particular material emerged as the best to be used or is it just the manufacturers want to have something unique to their own speakers?

- Tim, L
Orlando, Fla

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Dolby Atmos

Dolby Atmos

What is Dolby Atmos and can we get it in a home theater version?

- Fred D
Cleveland, OH

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Will The 4K TV I Buy Today Become Obsolete?

Will The 4K TV I Buy Today Become Obsolete

Most TV stores have Ultra-HD (4K) sets for sale. Are the specifications established, so we can buy one without worrying that it won’t work if the final specifications are not part of the circuitry in the 4K TVs being sold right now?

- Andy L.
Sacramento, CA

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Sound Bars and 3D Blu-ray player and TV

Sound Bars and 3D Blu-ray player and TV

I have a Sony 3D Blu-ray player and LG 3D TV, but my Sony sound bar is not capable of 3D, so my sound bar is useless right now, will a splitter let me use my sound bar again?

- John L.
Keeseville, NY

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Class D Digital Amps: How do they work?

Class D Digital Amps: How do they work?

I have seen some new amplifiers that are called digital amps and labeled Class D. How can amps amplify in a digital fashion?

- Roy, C
Chicago, Ill.

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Crossover Networks: How do they work?

Crossover Networks: How do they work?

I took one of my speakers apart and I saw the board with the crossover network on it. There was a coil of wire, a capacitor, and a resistor. What do each of these parts do to perform the crossing over? 

- Ralph G.
Atlanta, Georgia

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11.2 Receivers: Explain the Extra Channels

11.2 Receivers: Explain the Extra Channels

I've seen new receivers that are advertised at 11.2. What are the additional channels used for and are they discrete channels or matrixed?

- Chris B
Oklahoma City, OK

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Are power ratings of A/V receivers directly comparable?

Are power ratings of A/V receivers directly comparable?

I saw two receivers that I am interested in…both of them were specified as having 100 watts x 5 in the power amps. One receiver was priced at $699, the other at $1499. What might I expect the differences to be when the specification were the same?

-Steve E.
Spokane, Washington

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