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Do You Have Carte Blanche in Your Home Theater?

In the latest Ask Home Theater blog post, Darren Benjamin says he has carte blanche from his wife to do whatever he wants in designing the media room. We should all be so lucky!

How about you? Do you have carte blanche to do whatever you want in your home theater, subject only to budgetary considerations? If you have no spouse, the answer is obvious. But if you do—be it a legal marriage or domestic partnership—have they placed limits on what you can do in that room?

Vote to see the results and leave a comment about your choice.

Do You Have Carte Blanche in Your Home Theater?
Yes, because I have no spouse
23% (429 votes)
Yes, my spouse does not limit what I can do in that room
39% (723 votes)
No, I must compromise for the sake of domestic tranquility
37% (680 votes)
Total votes: 1832

nyt's picture

Sounds to me like you have never even heard a proper system and drink the koolaid from sites such as this one.

Reference level is irrelevant. I like listening to loud music and having loud bass. It's personal preference, and nobody who has heard it has ever had a bad thing to say about it. Speaking of textual chest beating, what is it you're doing now? Your post has no information of value, only disdain for something you know nothing of. If I cared about SPL drag racing, it would be much easier to get louder output. I like the sound and feel of clean loud bass. Apparently something about this has triggered some kind of emotional response from you, such that you'd rant like a fool on the internet. You jelly?

p.s. Speaking of reference level, since you're so fond of it, do some math to see what it takes to achieve 126db(reference subwoofer level output) at 10hz in room a room with no gain. Also, try to get the math right this time.

p.p.s. It would take over 300w to reach 105db in your scenario listed above if the same speaker is producing 86db with 4w. My fronts do that with under 10 watts. You say buy some easier to power loudspeakers, but clearly have no clue what you're talking about. The loudspeakers here boast 104db sensitivity. Which do you think will honestly sound better? Or are you going to tell me power compression isn't something to take into consideration. The other factors for choosing large fronts, aside from the sensitivity benefits, also has to deal with directivity, frequency response, and absurdly low distortion numbers. But clearly, this is all a drag race with no thought behind it.

p.p.p.s. Hoffman's Iron Law. That is all.

Tedd's picture

A single quality subwoofer is often enough for a single room, for most people, in terms of SPL and even bass extension. But a second subwoofer can provide smoother bass throughout the room, and solve subwoofer placements issues. Whether that respresents value to someone or not, there's still solid science behind it.

80 Hz is simply a well thought out crossover point for the vast majority of systems sold. But that doesn't mean it's the best crossover point for a capable system, with good amplification, in a large room.


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