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Speaker setup is only about $600 for me without receiver. I work at best buy so I get a discount and we get special deals from polk and klipsch. Did you take a look at the selection that the Magnolia stores offer? They sell lots of high end stuff and I get a discount there as well.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....a+home+theater
well if that's the case then I would go with Definitive Tech, Klipsch or av123.

for a receiver I'd probably go with a Denon 1909 or 2309
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Well, yesterday I worked on cables for other people, so today it was time to work on some things for my rig.


I'll try to post pics later, but I built a pair of 12' 10awg speaker cables and a 12' mini-RCA with locking RCA's.

Tomorrow my new Marantz power amp comes. So my office setup will soon look like this:

Sources:
Music Hall CD25 (modded)
Oppo 980H
Auzen Prelude (tweaked)
USB Opus DAC

Preamp:
my own creation:
All source selection done by relay for short signal path and no degradation due to switches.
Headphone amplification/line stage provided by a Maxed out Millet Hybrid Max
Volume control by OptiVol

Amp:
Marantz SM500U
or
soon to be modded TCA Gizmo

Speakers:
Onix Reference 1 MKII

Future upgrades planned involve modding the Oppo and hopefully having enough $$ for Ninja crossovers and norez for my ref 1's.

My living room will be getting Oppo's new Blue-Ray player.
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post #73 of 331
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Well, yesterday I worked on cables for other people, so today it was time to work on some things for my rig.


I'll try to post pics later, but I built a pair of 12' 10awg speaker cables and a 12' mini-RCA with locking RCA's.

Tomorrow my new Marantz power amp comes. So my office setup will soon look like this:

Sources:
Music Hall CD25 (modded)
Oppo 980H
Auzen Prelude (tweaked)
USB Opus DAC

Preamp:
my own creation:
All source selection done by relay for short signal path and no degradation due to switches.
Headphone amplification/line stage provided by a Maxed out Millet Hybrid Max
Volume control by OptiVol

Amp:
Marantz SM500U
or
soon to be modded TCA Gizmo

Speakers:
Onix Reference 1 MKII

Future upgrades planned involve modding the Oppo and hopefully having enough $$ for Ninja crossovers and norez for my ref 1's.

My living room will be getting Oppo's new Blue-Ray player.
This No Rez looks pretty good, i might have to get some when i too do the ninja cross over

Also, check out this sites DIY kits, looks pretty sweet:
http://www.gr-research.com/index.asp...ATS&Category=2
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This No Rez looks pretty good, i might have to get some when i too do the ninja cross over

Also, check out this sites DIY kits, looks pretty sweet:
http://www.gr-research.com/index.asp...ATS&Category=2
yep, you've found Danny Richie's site. He designed most of the crossovers for the Ninja and the crossovers for the ELT525 series from av123. You've also found the Neo 1x, that is supposed to be better than the sock Ref 1's.
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yep, you've found Danny Richie's site. He designed most of the crossovers for the Ninja and the crossovers for the ELT525 series from av123. You've also found the Neo 1x, that is supposed to be better than the sock Ref 1's.
wowzaa, nice!
hey, whats the difference between the 1x and 2x (besides the parts).
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wowzaa, nice!
hey, whats the difference between the 1x and 2x (besides the parts).
ported vs sealed
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ported vs sealed
Sorry, i don't know these terms
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Sorry, i don't know these terms
the 1x has a port that allows air to move in and out of the enclosure. it is tuned to a certain frequency, also called bass reflex.

sealed is a sealed enclosure. no air can get in or out.
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Which is better for subwoofers? Ported, Sealed, or passive radiator?


Well, these list of upgrades are for my S-10 Blazer. Not Home Theater.

Head Unit:
Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X592 Link

Amps:
JL Audio A4300
440W RMS, 4-Channel Class A/B A Series Amplifier Link

JL Audio G1300
300W RMS, Class AB Monoblock G-Series Amplifier Link

Speakers:
Infinity Reference 6422cfp
4" x 6" 2-way Plate Speakers Link

Infinity Reference 6020cs
6-1/2" 2-way Component System (mounts in 6-1/2" and 6-3/4" locations) Link

Amp wire kits:
Kicker PKD1
Dual Amplifier 1/0 Gauge Power Installation Kit 05PKD1 Link

I'll be using two 10" JL Audio subwoofers I already have, but I will refoam them first..(They've been stored for a long time, work still, but the surrounds are weak right now.) They are currently in truck boxes, sealed. I am not sure if they will work well in those or would need a ported box for better bass.

What gauge speaker wire should I use for hooking up the Infinity speakers? (Front and rears) Would 12AWG be good enough, or do I not need that size of wire for such setup?
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Which is better for subwoofers? Ported, Sealed, or passive radiator?

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What gauge speaker wire should I use for hooking up the Infinity speakers? (Front and rears) Would 12AWG be good enough, or do I not need that size of wire for such setup?
Depends on what you're going for. To be veeery general, sealed designs are tight and punchy, ported designs tend to produce more SPL with the same amount of power( and thus ca give the illusion of digging deeper because you can hear the bottom register more readily because of this), and a passive radiator design is a hybrid between the two (when properly implemented).

As far as the wire gauging, unless your runs are abnormally long I'd personally not bother with anything heavier than good quality 16 gauge (depending on how your amps are setup). If the subs will be fed mono, I'd use 12ga for that run.
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