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    Hey I got the same feelings when I installed the Adcom 585 until I ran the audessey again and that made a big difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snake1 View Post
    Is that not the role my Onkyo is playing?
    Yes it is, but for music it does about as good a job as 87 octane does for a Corvette. Everything matters in your chain, a pre amp would help some sure, also get yourself some better cables than that Walmart spool stuff along with some better interconnects.

    An amp's job is to supply power when the speaker demands it, giving you better clarity, definition in the bass notes, and a more insightfull look into the music. You've seemed to experience this so I'm not sure what else you where expecting. An amp isn't going to turn the 12's into a subwoofer if thats what you were looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Irrenhaus View Post
    Hey I got the same feelings when I installed the Adcom 585 until I ran the audessey again and that made a big difference.
    Thats encouraging to know. Should I run Audyssey in the 4-8ohm amp position or the 2-3ohm position its on now?

    Quote Originally Posted by tonyb View Post
    Yes it is, but for music it does about as good a job as 87 octane does for a Corvette. Everything matters in your chain, a pre amp would help some sure, also get yourself some better cables than that Walmart spool stuff along with some better interconnects.

    An amp's job is to supply power when the speaker demands it, giving you better clarity, definition in the bass notes, and a more insightfull look into the music. You've seemed to experience this so I'm not sure what else you where expecting. An amp isn't going to turn the 12's into a subwoofer if thats what you were looking for.
    I can handle better wires soon I suppose. I did get some new banana plugs and have them installed already. I realize its not going to turn it into a sub, I just expected more out of the woofers in the 12s I guess. The way people talk about adding amps though just sounds like some 'miracle' difference.
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    Normally the "miracle difference" are exactly what your hearing now. However without re-run your EQ (or just running in direct only) your using a EQ that is based on the power output from your AVR, not your amp so its not really a fair compare as your amp has reserves your AVR did not have.

    It should be clearer, more focused and better tighter bass, all of which you have mentioned. Plus you should be able to crank it MUCH higher and not have any distortion, however dont crank it till you re-run the EQ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post
    Normally the "miracle difference" are exactly what your hearing now. However without re-run your EQ (or just running in direct only) your using a EQ that is based on the power output from your AVR, not your amp so its not really a fair compare as your amp has reserves your AVR did not have.

    It should be clearer, more focused and better tighter bass, all of which you have mentioned. Plus you should be able to crank it MUCH higher and not have any distortion, however dont crank it till you re-run the EQ.
    Oh ok!!! See I didn't realize that about the calibrations! Makes sense now that I think about it! Cool, I'll try to get it done asap and get back with y'all!
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    Quote Originally Posted by snake1 View Post
    Oh ok!!! See I didn't realize that about the calibrations! Makes sense now that I think about it! Cool, I'll try to get it done asap and get back with y'all!
    Direct mode for music is the only fair compare as it turns off the EQ curve you created, so you could technically throw in some music and see what difference you hear in Direct mode only.
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    Alrighty, auto calibration has been run. I'll check back later tonight after I can test it some. I ran auto cal with the amp in 4-8ohm mode since my speakers are 8ohm anyway. Btw, I would tell you how its going now but I just ran it after I put the little ones down for nap... so have to wait a while before I can use any real volume.
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    Sounds like you should have gotten your SVS first. Not that an Amp is bad idea, but seeing that you don't have a sub and do more movies then music the SVS would have put a bigger smile on your face to start with.

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    A few things...

    - Keep that ohm switch at 4-8
    - Check to ensure that the HPF is not engaged in any means on the back of the amp. You could have engaged it and that will not send lows below whatever cutoff is selected.
    - Get some better wire when possible

    How are the speakers placed? Measurements?

    The biggest difference you should notice is not only how full music sounds when playing louder but that bass is tight and solid. Hell go back to your old setup in pure direct mode and throw the amp back in. The 12's hit low, but if you like your bass hot, a sub should have been the first investment instead of using EQ controls which can damage a speaker if your playing it loud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post
    Normally the "miracle difference" are exactly what your hearing now. However without re-run your EQ (or just running in direct only) your using a EQ that is based on the power output from your AVR, not your amp so its not really a fair compare as your amp has reserves your AVR did not have.

    It should be clearer, more focused and better tighter bass, all of which you have mentioned. Plus you should be able to crank it MUCH higher and not have any distortion, however dont crank it till you re-run the EQ.
    ES is right on with all of his replies. Start with the suggestions from various replies. I have this amp and you should notice the differences ES states when listening to music in Pure Direct or Direct mode. However, you will probably not shatter glass but you'll feel the concussions on your body. You may have to do some detective work to look at your source, cables, set-up, placement, etc. as others have stated. Also, my A7's took about 100-200 hrs of use to really open up. Good Luck.
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    WOOO HOOO!!!! Did the recalibration and that made the 'miracle difference'!!! Much more bass on tap now all through the range and cranking just moderately starts thumping hard (keep in mind my bass is turned up, but I'll turn that down some now)!!!!

    This was definately the difference I was expecting! I'll start some critical listening in the coming weeks and also give the amp more time to break in. Can't wait now!!! Thanks to all for your suggestions!!! ES and Irrenhaus had the main answer! More info and review coming in the coming weeks!!!
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    LOL, enjoy Snake!
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    Now that you have the amp working to your liking, the next step in my opinion is a dedicated 2-channel preamp with home theater bypass. Your basically following the same path I did, initially I was using a Pioneer Elite AVR (in pure direct) to feed my Parasound 2250 for music. When I added the Cambridge Audio 840E preamp (which has the bypass feature) things really opened up, every part of the frequency spectrum was improved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyb View Post
    ... but for music it does about as good a job as 87 octane does for a Corvette. Everything* matters[!] in your chain, a pre amp would help some sure... Get yourself some better [speaker] cables than that Walmart spool stuff along with some better interconnects*....
    +100 Tonyb! As the the forum's unofficial wire gauge fanatic: BIGGER, better wire will help. Your new "toy" has the RTi 12's five drivers per channel to control. Add to that contending w/a rather complex XO network. Who knows for sure if the mids have HP filtering or not. Oi! Don't get me started!

    Mo' Bigga will help bass output & definition. Mo' Betta will help everything else...at least up to a point*.

    I remember being blown away by the Sheffield release "Discovered." All I heard was music! W/my eyes shut I could place the instruments including the angle of the upright bass!

    Direct recording playedback on Phillips CD player, Rotel 1068, & Belles through my (well broken-in) 'A7s. No tinkering w/EQ, calibration, etc, just attention to placement. Yeah it was a tad on the bright side but SO engaging & otherwise transparent, I didn't care! Oops! Sorry for the derail. Didn't mean to hyjack your thread.

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    Good to hear snake...ENJOY!!!
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    I haven't forgotten about the write-up! Still getting in some listening and since I have very small children I have to wait to watch a movie at 'desired levels'. I'm REALLY liking it though!!!
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    What gauge walmart wire are you using? I'm using the 14 gauge stuff, it may not be the best, but it does do a good job for what you pay for it. I'm running a Parasound HCA 1000a in my rig and it just spews detail. IMO if you are going to upgrade interconnects skip the Signal Cables and go for the Kimber Kable PBJs. You will hear an improvement in detail as well as sound stage over those monocables.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dudeinaroom View Post
    What gauge walmart wire are you using? I'm using the 14 gauge stuff, it may not be the best, but it does do a good job for what you pay for it. I'm running a Parasound HCA 1000a in my rig and it just spews detail. IMO if you are going to upgrade interconnects skip the Signal Cables and go for the Kimber Kable PBJs. You will hear an improvement in detail as well as sound stage over those monocables.
    Yes I do have the 14ga wires for wally world. I also believe it does fine for the value. That being said, I have never heard 'good' cables so I have nothing really to compare to. I do hear a considerable amount of detail now that the 2250 is set and running well! I'll check out the cables as soon as the play $$ fund is back in the black
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    The review has been posted here
    http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/show...15#post1844815
    just fyi to any interested.
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    Nice write up,I'm glad things worked out for you..
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