New Speaker setup

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Mar 24, 2010 in Tech |

If your read my New and Improved Computer Room post, you may notice on the 2nd video that a Technics SCDV290 seems to have appeared from nowhere ?

This was our orignal Hi-Fi that we used to have downstair, it was an extremely powerful system however it had 1 major drawback….no optical inputs !

When I bought my PS3 a couple of years ago, I was kinda gutted that I could only hear it in Pro-Logic, and it felt a bit of a waste, so upgraded to the Onkyo TX-SR606 so I could get TrueHD. After forking out for the amp, I couldn’t really afford any speakers at the time, so used the speakers from the Technics

As part of the Computer room tidy up, we decided it was time to finally get the new speakers for the front room. I had a pair of Eltax Liberty 5+ speakers which I used to use when I was a bedroom DJ, and now have these in my bedroom connected to my amp. I’ve been so impressed with the sound quality of these, I decided to go with Eltax for the majority of my new speaker setup.

I went with the following

1 pair of Eltax CONCEPT 400

2 pairs of Eltax CONCEPT Mini’s

and finally the Gale ARIA AR50 Centre speaker due to Richer Sounds not having any stock of the Eltax SYMPHONY C4 Centre speakers and I was a little impatient.

Finally I bought 60 Metres of Oxygen Free cable to wire it all up (Believe it or not, 60 metres was only just enough !)

So yesterday they arrived, and I spent the night placing the speakers and wiring everything up….it seemed to take ages but so worth it !

Below are the before and after pics, as you can see they are a tad bigger than the Technics ones.

Left Front

Centre

Front Right

Rear Speakers Right

Left Rear Speakers

I decided to do away with the sub, as the bass I get from the Eltax Liberty 5+ speakers is more than sufficient, and I really don’t want to annoy my neighbours any more than I have too, so assumed that this would also be fine with the Eltax CONCEPT 400 speakers in place too.

I really wish I could post a sound clip, showing you the difference between the sounds, but it wouldn’t really work, as the sound would only be as good as your speakers 🙂

I can however say, that the sound quality has a lot more range to it, before the centre and rear speakers were only a single speaker, as they all now have independent tweeters, the sound is now very crisp.

The front Eltax CONCEPT 400 speakers are 400 watt speakers, have a tweeter, a midrange and 2 lower end cones, making the range sound fantastic !

Thanks to the Audyssey 2EQ Dynamic EQ the speaker setup was a breeze, just plugged the microphone into the front of the Onkyo TX-SR606, ran through the setup, and 5 minutes later, the speakers were setup perfect !

Now granted this kit is very much middle to bottom of the range of the whole home cinema setup spectrum, but it works perfect for me !

This will hopefully be my last major purchase of the year, as the savings are becoming quite depleted 🙂

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