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#26 mello yello

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Posted 13 March 2006 - 05:22 PM

Can I post an FAQ to add to this excellent thread Al?....... I have found this question gets answered incorrectly quite a lot :blink:


"Are there any dubyas in mello yello? "

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NO !!! :P


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Posted 18 March 2006 - 02:51 PM

Have jsut added in a few updates and new sections :

in SYSTEM SETUP FAQs on:

Q Test material ? Movies & TV, Music DVDs, Hi-Rez(DVDA/SACD), CD, Vinyl?

Q Setting Levels ? DVE, How to?, Reference?


in DIY FAQ's on :
Q DIY subs ? link, IB?, Sub Amps

Q DIY speakers ? link, Tools ?

in Upgrading put in links to info on
Q Aussie Products ? Link1, Link2

added in FAQs for headphones

Q Headphones ? Link1 ; Head phone Amps ? Link1, Link2
Also Search by key words [ headphone ] & Search in titles here

and

Q Where to audition ? Melb
Also Search by key words [ your city ] & Search in titles here

please feel free to post here on any additional suggestions re FAQs or sources/links for info in regards audio related HTFAQs

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 02:57 PM

~snip~
please feel free to post here on any additional suggestions re FAQs or sources/links for info in regards audio related HTFAQs

I can take a hint :P :blink:

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Posted 19 March 2006 - 10:26 PM

updated with link to the dolby website for room setup and speaker placement tips

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Posted 22 May 2006 - 07:32 PM

added in D.O.R.K.'s tip re layin cable and have added/updated a few other links

#31 DiGiTaL_MoNkEY

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Posted 26 May 2006 - 11:05 AM

fantastic and very informative links...time for some extra reading :blink:

#32 DanielG

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Posted 27 September 2006 - 12:50 PM

Thanks for this sticky, has given me a few good threads to read through!

#33 DynMart

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Posted 18 November 2006 - 07:00 PM

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HOME THEATRE FAQs

Below are a few Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Apart from a few direct links to info on the forum to help you with answers, also included is suggested search criteria and a link to the search page if looking for additional upto date information. To use, Copy and paste the key words suggested [in brackets] into the search engine, select the 'Home theatre Systems' forum to search in and select the recommended options to perform a search for additional info.

CONNECTING IT ALL UP
Q How do I connect [Item A] to [Item B]? - How do I hook it all up ? link1, link2
Also Search by key words [ connect ] & Search titles only here

Q What are all these plugs and how do they work? link

Q Which is better coax or optical ? link1, link2
Also Search by key words [ coax+optical+spdif ] & Search titles only here

Q What's better analogue or digital ? link1, link2
Also Search by key words [ analog+digital+output ] & Search titles only here

Q Can I combine 2ch and HT ? link1, Link2

Q Bi-amping ? Link1, Link2

Q Should I route video via the Receiver or direct? link

SYSTEM SETUP

Q Test material ? Movies & TV, Music DVDs, Hi-Rez(DVDA/SACD), CD, Vinyl?, Classical

Q Setting Levels ? DVE, How to?, Reference?, Listening level?, SPL meter
SUB SETUP

Q Where to put the sub ? link1, link2
Also Search by key words [ subwoofer+placement+where ] & Search titles only here

Q Should I set my speakers to large or small ? link

Q What xover setting should I use ? link1, link2, link3
Also Search by key words [ crossover xover ] & Search titles only here

Q How should I set up my sub ? link
Also Search by key words [ behringer+subwoofer ] & Search titles only here

Q Integrating Subs & dedicated 2ch, For combined HT & dedicated 2ch systems ? Link 1, Link2, Link3
Also Search by key words [ Music+subwoofer ] & Search titles only here

Q Twin subs ? Link, Stereo subs ? Link

Q Room EQ Wizard and the Behringer FBQ2496 ? Link

TROUBLE SHOOTING
Q how do I to stop it humming ? link1, link2, link3, link4
Also Search by key words [ humming+buzz ] & Search in posts here

CABLES
Q Which cables ? link1, link2, link3 , link4, link5, link6, link7
Also Search by key words [ cables ] & Search in titles here

SCALING & UPCONVERTING link1, link2
Also Search by key words [ upscaling+upconverting ] & Search in titles here

DIY FAQ
Q DIY subs ? link, IB?, Sub Amps, Sub Amps 2

Q DIY speakers ? link, Tools ?

UPGRADING
Q Affordable HT system, (HTIB) Home Theatre In a Box, Link1, Link2, Link3, Link4, Link5, Link6, Link7, Link8
Also Search by key words [ htib ] & Search in titles & for in posts here

Q Which Reciever ? link1, link2, link3
Also Search by key words [ receiver+upgrade+which ] & Search in titles here

Q Receiver(AVR) or Separates ? link1
Also Search by key words [ +receiver +seperates ] & Search in titles here

Q 2ch Pre-amps & Integrated amps with HT-input ? Link1, Link2, Link3

Q Power Amplifier ? link1, link2
Also Search by key words [ +power amplifier ] & Search in titles here

Q Which Subwoofer ? link1, link2, AvTalkSub tests
Also Search by key words [ subwoofer +which ] & Search in titles here

Q Which Speakers ? link1, link2
Also Search by key words [ which+speakers+upgrade ] & Search in titles here, Floorstander, Bookshelf

Q Which Player (CD/DVD/Universal) ? link1, link2, link3
Also Search by key words [ player+ upgrade+ which+ universal ] & Search in titles here

Q 2ch DACs ? link1, link2, link3, link4

Q Aussie Products ? Link1, Link2

Q Upgrade path ? "do's and don'ts" ? link

Q How much to spend ? POLL: Cost of HT?, link Also Search by key words [budget+ cost] & Search in titles here

Q Power filters/boards ? link1, link2, Link3
Also Search by key words [ power+ filter conditioner ] & Search in titles here

Q Headphones ? Link1 ; Head phone Amps ? Link1, Link2
Also Search by key words [ headphone ] & Search in titles here

Q Where to audition ? Melb, Bris, Sydney
Also Search by key words [ your city ] & Search in titles here

Q How to get the best deal/price ? Link

Q Buying second hand ? Tips

Q THX ? Link1, Link2

SURROUND FORMATS
Q what's better, DTS or DD ? link1, link2

SPEAKER Formats
Q What's better 7.1, 6.1 or 5.1 ? link1, link2, link3, link4, mono-pole vs di-pole
Also Search by key words [ surrounds+dipole+bipole ] & Search in posts here

HT Tips
- 101 interesting ways to use Velcro -> Search by key words [ velcro ] & Search in posts and show results as posts here
- Blu-Tack can provide sticky moments -> Search by key words [ blu-tack ] & Search in posts and show results as posts here
- Spikes - it's not all about pain -> link, Search by key words [ speaker+ spikes+ ] & Search in posts and show results as posts here
- Naked or Plugged - going bananas -> link, Search by key words [ banana+ bare ] & Search in titles and show results as topics here
- Have you got sand in your stands? -> Search by key words [ sand+ stand+ ] & Search in posts and show results as posts here
- Room Acoustics/treatment... what you don't want the neighbours to hear -> link1, link2, link3, link4, Search by key words [ +room acoustic treatment ] & Search in titles and show results as topics here
- Laying cable under carpet - use your long nose ! -> Link
-Reparing speakers -> Link
-Speakers out of phase ? -> Link

LINKS FROM THE WEB

HomeTheaterForum's Primer/FAQ: link

Home theatre basics FAQ : link

Audioholics cable tips : link

Audioholics System Setup & Calibration : link

Crutchfield adviser : Link

THX ? : Link1, Link2

Dolby Website : Room Setup and Layout Tips

eCoustics Guide to Home Theatre Speaker Placement : Link

THX Speaker Placement : Link

Speaker Layout & Setup advice (2ch & HT + for odd sahped rooms) from Legend speakers : Link

eCoustics Room treatment articles : link

DVD reviews : Region 1 v Region 4, DVDcompare

Forum Search Tips : Help then click on advance usage help, Link, Using Google, Using Google for 3 charecter word searches

the above info is put together from suggestions from many in this thread here, and continues to be updated - if you have any suggestions, changes, better more upto date links or search criteria drop me a pm or post a line here and I'll do my best to incorporate.

Last updated : 6 September 06
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thanks mike, good idea on the title icon - have updated it.

Hi al,

Could anyone help me with their opinion of running Rotel RB 1090's as mono blocks for my Dynaudio Confidence 5's or am I wasting my time? Any ideas as to how I would hook them up?

I have 1 rb1090 and could pick up another if needed but am not sure if it would be worth it.

Has anybody done this before ?

Thanks for your input !

DynMart.

Edited by DynMart, 18 November 2006 - 07:05 PM.


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Posted 26 November 2006 - 05:33 PM

Hi al,

Could anyone help me with their opinion of running Rotel RB 1090's as mono blocks for my Dynaudio Confidence 5's or am I wasting my time? Any ideas as to how I would hook them up?

I have 1 rb1090 and could pick up another if needed but am not sure if it would be worth it.

Has anybody done this before ?

Thanks for your input !

DynMart.


jees missed this post altogether sorry dyn.

if lookign for an upgrade from the 1090 in my opinion your better off selling the 1090 you have and upgrading to a better amp for the money you have. the confidence speakers can do with with some higher end amps, brands the likes of cyrus, arcam, mf, elktra would be some you could check out the confidence with. Have a look in the upgrades section of the htfaq sticky under power amps for some more ideas.

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Posted 28 November 2006 - 09:22 AM

Another thank you for this excellent FAQ al. Specifically, this post in one of the "Where to put the sub?" links.

(As much as I'd love to be able to place it front and centre in our new place, I'm pretty well restricted to hiding it in the back right corner. I have to run some speaker cables through the ceiling and down the back wall for the rears, and thus was going to run a third one for the sub. I see now that coax is preferred for the sub.)

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Posted 28 November 2006 - 09:29 AM

Another thank you for this excellent FAQ al. Specifically, this post in one of the "Where to put the sub?" links.

(As much as I'd love to be able to place it front and centre in our new place, I'm pretty well restricted to hiding it in the back right corner. I have to run some speaker cables through the ceiling and down the back wall for the rears, and thus was going to run a third one for the sub. I see now that coax is preferred for the sub.)

That's what I had to do too but the focal SW loves being in a corner and it works fine.

A 2nd your comments about the FAQ. I use it a lot when I want to find something.

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 02:08 PM

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guys

can anyone help me if i use two 5-1 receiver then how i can setup 10.2 speakers system? is there any way of doing it? What about dream acoustics speakers? are they any good? help me please

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 06:52 PM

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guys

can anyone help me if i use two 5-1 receiver then how i can setup 10.2 speakers system?


Umm why would you want to do this??? Often my friend you will find less is ore :D

is there any way of doing it?


All things are possible - several 'high - end' studios master in as much as 16.4!!! But their needs are very different from any HT setups....

What about dream acoustics speakers?


What about them? :P

are they any good?


The short answer is no - combine the money of a 10.2 crap heap featuring DA and build a nice clean 5.1 starting point with good honest down to earth speakers... thats my advice anyway :P

help me please


Gladly... but perhaps you should tell us a little about the room you are setting up, what you want out of a system, what equipment you already have, what you wish to buy and how much you have to spend.

Also this probably isn't the best place to be asking - get your post count up to 10 and then start a new topic - that will get you the most help from the good folk round here.

Good Luck :P

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Posted 13 January 2007 - 11:50 AM

thanks guys for the reply

My lounge room is quite big i mean big is really big I have yamaha rx375 with accoasound Omega series. now seems to that the sound quality is very good but not enough for the room, where as a gift I will get pioneer A/v receiver and any floor standing speakers within a certain price range I want. So that is the reason I just need to know how I can setup better HT. so if you guys can help me so that I can split those sound it will be great. I also have Warfdale 12" .

thanks have fun

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Posted 25 March 2007 - 12:44 AM

Umm why would you want to do this??? Often my friend you will find less is ore :blink:
All things are possible - several 'high - end' studios master in as much as 16.4!!! But their needs are very different from any HT setups....
What about them? :D
The short answer is no - combine the money of a 10.2 crap heap featuring DA and build a nice clean 5.1 starting point with good honest down to earth speakers... thats my advice anyway :P
Gladly... but perhaps you should tell us a little about the room you are setting up, what you want out of a system, what equipment you already have, what you wish to buy and how much you have to spend.

Also this probably isn't the best place to be asking - get your post count up to 10 and then start a new topic - that will get you the most help from the good folk round here.

Good Luck :P


Can anyone help........i have a home theatre setup consisting of denon 1920 dvd player, denon 2106 amp and panasonic ptae100 projector all connected via component cables. Will connecting the dvd player to the amp via an HDMI cable provide a higher resolution picture through the projector??

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Posted 06 April 2007 - 10:15 PM

Many thanks for the useful info. Will keep me busy for a while.

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Posted 13 April 2007 - 12:31 PM

Hi, need some advise/direction...

I have an LG DVD-Player [non-multi region] with Digital Tuner and surround sound speakers, presently attached to a standard TV, but intend purchasing a large LCD HDTV. Now, I'm looking to purchase a DVD-R HDD which is a bog-standard DVD-R with analogue tuner [with multi-region], nothing flashy but it should do the job. Now, what is the best way to connect up these devices to each other, to ensure PQ and audio is great.. and allowing me to utilise the multi-region on the DVD-R, and recording playback is digital, if possible.

Does this all make sense, I just need advise on how to best connect all these units to get the best results. Or maybe you have other suggestions? Cheers.. :blink:

PS. I've duplicated this question in a seperate Forum ... Just to irritate you all.

Edited by GlenMartin, 13 April 2007 - 01:34 PM.


#43 Gutty

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Posted 13 April 2007 - 01:17 PM

PS. I've duplicated this question in a seperate Forum.


Why ? :blink:


Basicly you need to hook the DVR up somewhere after the LG tuner, possibly between the LG tuner and the display.( LG -> DVR -> TV ) This will sort your recording needs. Alternatively if the display has the appropriate output you could hook the LG direct to the TV, then the DVR to the display output.

If you want to play back via the new DVR, then this would have to be connected to a "line in" on the LG if it has one.



Personally, given that LG sucks, i'd bin the LG, buy a TV with built in tuner, and run the DVR through an AV reciever to power your surround speakers. But that will probably cost you quite a bit more.

#44 pgdownload

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Posted 13 April 2007 - 01:42 PM

Bit of a strange grouping. First up all DVDRs output in analogue so "recording playback is digital". Also as you want a standard analogue DVDR then where is the 'digital' coming from? You're also looking at buying a HDTV but DVDRs are basically 'SD quality' devices. Not sure if you wouldn't be better off keeping the DVD you have and grabbing a cheap digial PVR

Perhaps have a read of this FAQ - covers some stuff about a digital TV in general and PVR in specific.

http://www.dtvforum....showtopic=36191

Regards

Peter Gillespie

PS Might help if you provided a bit of an idea of how you intend to use your TV/recorder/etc. day to day. We may have some better alternatives.

#45 GM73

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Posted 13 April 2007 - 03:44 PM

Perhaps have a read of this FAQ - covers some stuff about a digital TV in general and PVR in specific.
http://www.dtvforum....showtopic=36191


Thanks for the replies, and informative link ... cheers. :blink:

#46 Hagaren

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 09:45 PM

WOW... this is really helpful

#47 DynMart

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 10:35 PM

Hi Again Al,

I have just saved and read your brilliant & very helpfull FAQ sheet.
It will come in very handy in the future.

As you are the guru of all things HiFi, I was wondering if you would or anyone would know how to hook up 2 Rotel RB 1090's to be used as mono blocks for my Dynaudio Confidence 5's ? How would I bridge the inputs and outputs or is this something I need to do internally?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
DynMart

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HOME THEATRE FAQs

Below are a few Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Apart from a few direct links to info on the forum to help you with answers, also included is suggested search criteria and a link to the search page if looking for additional upto date information. To use, Copy and paste the key words suggested [in brackets] into the search engine, select the 'Home theatre Systems' forum to search in and select the recommended options to perform a search for additional info.

CONNECTING IT ALL UP
Q How do I connect [Item A] to [Item B]? - How do I hook it all up ? link1, link2
Also Search by key words [ connect ] & Search titles only here

Q What are all these plugs and how do they work? link

Q Which is better coax or optical ? link1, link2
Also Search by key words [ coax+optical+spdif ] & Search titles only here

Q HDMI ? v1.3

Q What's better analogue or digital ? link1, link2
Also Search by key words [ analog+digital+output ] & Search titles only here

Q Can I combine 2ch and HT ? link1, Link2

Q Bi-amping ? Link1, Link2, Link 3

Q Should I route video via the Receiver or direct? link

SYSTEM SETUP

Q Test material ? Movies & TV, Music DVDs, Hi-Rez(DVDA/SACD), CD, CD2,Vinyl?, Classical, AVS Bass DVDs

Q Setting Levels ? DVE, How to?, Reference?, Listening level?, SPL meter

Q HD-DVD/Blu-ray and LFE ? Link

Q Centre Channel and speaker setup particualrly for Large Displays, Link

Q Racks, Cabinets & Furniture for all the gear ? Link1, Link2, Link3, Link4, link5, Link6
Also Search by key words [ Rack ] or [ Cabinets ] or [ furniture ] & Search titles only here

SUB SETUP

Q Where to put the sub ? link1, link2
Also Search by key words [ subwoofer+placement+where ] & Search titles only here

Q Should I set my speakers to large or small ? link

Q What xover setting should I use ? link1, link2, link3
Also Search by key words [ crossover xover ] & Search titles only here

Q How should I set up my sub ? link
Also Search by key words [ behringer+subwoofer ] & Search titles only here

Q Integrating Subs & dedicated 2ch, For combined HT & dedicated 2ch systems ? Link 1, Link2, Link3
Also Search by key words [ Music+subwoofer ] & Search titles only here

Q Twin subs ? Link, Stereo subs ? Link

Q Room EQ Wizard and the Behringer FBQ2496 ? Link

TROUBLE SHOOTING
Q how do I to stop it humming ? link1, link2, link3, link4
Also Search by key words [ humming+buzz ] & Search in posts here

CABLES
Q Which cables ? link1, link2, link3 , link4, link5, link6, link7
Also Search by key words [ cables ] & Search in titles here

SCALING & UPCONVERTING link1, link2
Also Search by key words [ upscaling+upconverting ] & Search in titles here

DIY FAQ
Q DIY subs ? link, IB?, Sub Amps, Sub Amps 2

Q DIY speakers ? link, Tools ?

UPGRADING
Q Affordable HT system, (HTIB) Home Theatre In a Box, Link1, Link2, Link3, Link4, Link5, Link6, Link7, Link8
Also Search by key words [ htib ] & Search in titles & for in posts here

Q Which Reciever ? link1, link2, link3
Also Search by key words [ receiver+upgrade+which ] & Search in titles here

Q Receiver(AVR) or Separates ? link1
Also Search by key words [ +receiver +seperates ] & Search in titles here

Q 2ch Pre-amps & Integrated amps with HT-input ? Link1, Link2, Link3

Q Power Amplifier ? link1, link2
Also Search by key words [ +power amplifier ] & Search in titles here

Q Which Subwoofer ? link1, link2, AvTalkSub tests
Also Search by key words [ subwoofer +which ] & Search in titles here

Q Which Speakers ? link1, link2
Also Search by key words [ which+speakers+upgrade ] & Search in titles here, Floorstander, Bookshelf

Q Which Player (CD/DVD/Universal) ? link1, link2, link3
Also Search by key words [ player+ upgrade+ which+ universal ] & Search in titles here

Q 2ch DACs ? link1, link2, link3, link4

Q Aussie Products ? Link1, Link2

Q Upgrade path ? "do's and don'ts" ? link

Q How much to spend ? POLL: Cost of HT?, link Also Search by key words [budget+ cost] & Search in titles here

Q Power filters/boards ? link1, link2, Link3
Also Search by key words [ power+ filter conditioner ] & Search in titles here

Q Headphones ? Link1 ; Head phone Amps ? Link1, Link2
Also Search by key words [ headphone ] & Search in titles here

Q Where to audition ? Melb, Bris, Sydney, Adelaide - Link1, Link 2
Also Search by key words [ your city ] & Search in titles here

Q How to get the best deal/price ? Link

Q Buying second hand ? Tips

Q THX ? Link1, Link2

SURROUND FORMATS
Q what's better, DTS or DD ? link1, link2

SPEAKER Formats
Q What's better 7.1, 6.1 or 5.1 ? link1, link2, link3, link4, mono-pole vs di-pole
Also Search by key words [ surrounds+dipole+bipole ] & Search in posts here

HT Tips
- 101 interesting ways to use Velcro -> Search by key words [ velcro ] & Search in posts and show results as posts here
- Blu-Tack can provide sticky moments -> Search by key words [ blu-tack ] & Search in posts and show results as posts here
- Spikes - it's not all about pain -> link, Search by key words [ speaker+ spikes+ ] & Search in posts and show results as posts here
- Naked or Plugged - going bananas -> link, Search by key words [ banana+ bare ] & Search in titles and show results as topics here
- Have you got sand in your stands? -> Search by key words [ sand+ stand+ ] & Search in posts and show results as posts here
- Room Acoustics/treatment... what you don't want the neighbours to hear -> link1, link2, link3, link4, Search by key words [ +room acoustic treatment ] & Search in titles and show results as topics here
- Laying cable under carpet - use your long nose ! -> Link
-Reparing speakers -> Link
-Speakers out of phase ? -> Link

LINKS FROM THE WEB

HomeTheaterForum's Primer/FAQ: link

Home theatre basics FAQ : link

Setting up Your Home Theatre "101" from AVS : Link

Audioholics cable tips : link

Audioholics System Setup & Calibration : link

Crutchfield adviser : Link

THX ? : Link1, Link2

Dolby Website : Room Setup and Layout Tips

eCoustics Guide to Home Theatre Speaker Placement : Link

THX Speaker Placement : Link

Speaker Layout & Setup advice (2ch & HT + for odd sahped rooms) from Legend speakers : Link

Speaker setup from Rives audio : Link
Speaker placement suggestion from Rives audio : Link

eCoustics Room treatment articles : link

DVD reviews : Region 1 v Region 4, DVDcompare

Forum Search Tips : Help then click on advance usage help, Link, Using Google, Using Google for 3 charecter word searches

the above info is put together from suggestions from many in this thread here, and continues to be updated - if you have any suggestions, changes, better more upto date links or search criteria drop me a pm or post a line here and I'll do my best to incorporate.

Last updated : 5th June 07
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Posted 12 June 2007 - 10:46 PM

thanks dyn. re the dyns can they be bi-amped - might be an option with hte stereo 1090's. dont really know hte 1090 at all to be honest to comment if they can be bridged to run as mono blocs. if they can be should say so in the manual, alternatively could be a switch of sorts to apply on the amps itself. jsut a word of caution last time I remember when we bridged a 1066 it really changed the charecter of the amp to its detriment. somethign not sure if you want, but you'd soon know on hearing. if cant use em bridged, maybe sell one ? or sell both and buy a better amp again ? as not sure you'd be fully exploiting the potential of the confidence's with the rotels. worth trying somethgin else as well to know.

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Posted 13 June 2007 - 07:59 AM

I was wondering if you would or anyone would know how to hook up 2 Rotel RB 1090's to be used as mono blocks for my Dynaudio Confidence 5's ? How would I bridge the inputs and outputs or is this something I need to do internally?


1, according to Rotel the 1090 can't be bridged.
2, why on earth, when already outputing 340W per channel, would you want to ? :blink:

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Posted 07 July 2007 - 10:50 PM

I've got a 5.1 setup at home and yet on the amp there is a sticker that displays it's 7.1 ready...the Amp can only hold 5 speakers plus the sub.
So what does that mean 7.1 ready???

Can some please explain it to me...thanks