New reciver or pre amp For B&W speakers?

Discussion in 'Audio/Video & Home Theater' started by Peppered, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. Peppered

    Peppered Senior member

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    I have to turn my reciver up to 65 or 70 to hear the center channel. So i was thinking of getting one with more amps or a pre amp.
    I am not to good when it comes to Audio stuff.
    I am not sure what or how to use a pre amp if that is a better way to go.
     
  2. Railgun

    Railgun Golden Member

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    Which speakers? What`s your current amp? What`s the source material and what`s the listening mode? What`s your budget? So much information missing here...
     
  3. sdifox

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    Did you ever calibrate your receiver?
     
  4. Peppered

    Peppered Senior member

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    B&W 683's for the front, 686 for the side and center.
    It a Onkyo but at work and cant rember the model #. One HDMI port is brok so I may just get a new reciver two. But it may be better getting a mid range reciver and a pre amp. I am not sure of that.

    And yes I calibrated it several time's and tweaked it after.

    I just cant stand having a hard time hearing the center channel.
     
  5. Railgun

    Railgun Golden Member

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    Go somewhere to audition at least your speakers as setup with the 686 in center then swap for an HTM62. A proper center may make the difference.

    Also, where are you in relation to the center and what's its position (vertical/horizontal)?

    As for the amp, how did you calibrate it?

    As a matter of preference, after calibration, I bumped the center 4dB.

    Onkyo 5008 with CM5s in front and a CM Center and it's fine. I calibrated with Audyssey but mine uses XT32. Older versions don't sound all that great IMHO and may be your issue.
     
  6. boomhower

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    You likely to have to spend big money to get a noticeable change in sound level, like doubling the wattage and that isn't cheap. Most receivers put out 70-90 watts at 8ohms. You'd have to double that to get a noticeable change in output level. Your speakers are efficient so either you have an issue with your receiver or you like your music really really loud.
     
  7. Peppered

    Peppered Senior member

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    Ok the heck with it, I will just buy a sound bar or maybe try our Orb speakers, they wont be what my front or side are in quality but I should be able to hear the dialouge good if not i can send them back.
    I checked out the centers for B&W speakers even though they make very good speakers they lack on the center speakers unless you go to the very high end ones maybe.

    I should be moving somtime the first of the year nothing certain but for sure but I would bet on it if I had to.

    I will be making a lot more money, get a bonus every quarter and my wife should have here disablity coming in too.

    I plan on geting a smaller home and solor pannels to help reduce the cost when I retire

    I want to have a home theater this will be a room with a projector and the hirer end audio separte room with a cheap HD tv to watch normal tv show and news. Or have it allin one room and use a drop down screen for the Projector.

    I will have Parigram or somthing simular for fronts and centers keep the B&W fronts for the b channel to listen to stero or the radio.

    This will take sime time to save for. But I thank you for all the input
     
  8. brainhulk

    brainhulk Diamond Member

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    if your receiver has pre-amp outputs you could do what i did and buy an emotiva xpa-5. I use it to bi amp b&w 805's and an htm4, they sound beautiful
     
  9. Peppered

    Peppered Senior member

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    That kinda the problem I don't like why should I need to run a amp the get good sound out of the center channel.
    For cost savings I may have to go this way. But it is said that they cant make a center that goes with my fronts that doesn't require this.
     
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    HTM61 is supposed to be the centre matched to 683 mains. Notice how the centre has a 5" and a 6.5". In contrast, 686 has one 5"
     
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