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    Default What am I missing?

    Here's my set up. Just wanting to get everyone's opinion on what I should add to improve my hardware in its current state. Bearing in mind this question pertains to home theater AUDIO only:

    Polk Audio RtiA9 - Front x 2
    Polk Audio CsiA6 - Center
    Polk Audio FXiA6 - Surrounds x 4
    Denon AVR 3313 CI
    Oppo BDP 103
    Emotiva XPA-5
    SVS PB12 NSD

    I was thinking of adding another SVS sub and/or another amp to drive the fronts only >200 WPC. My Emotiva currently powers the fronts, center, and sides. The receiver powers the rears... Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Any comments directed toward audio only please.

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    I would have probably went with an RTI A1 or A3 for the rears instead of the FXI A6 myself. Other than that, it sounds like a great set-up. What issue are you having, if any.

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    A 2nd SVS PB12 NSD might be my choice. Dual subs can make quite a difference depending on your room size.

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    What do YOU think is missing or lacking?

    What is it you seek?

    And - how much is your budget?

    H9: If you don't trust what you are hearing, then maybe you need to be less invested in a hobby which all the pleasure comes from listening to music.

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    No issues. I was just wondering if there is something everyone might add to a similar setup. I agree with the second sub based off what I've read in this forum. My room size is 14'x23'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by valkyrie00 View Post
    No issues. I was just wondering if there is something everyone might add to a similar setup. I agree with the second sub based off what I've read in this forum. My room size is 14'x23'.
    Nice rig.

    Stop obsessing and enjoy some music!

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    Might be better to invest money into the visual side depending on what you have there. I think your system is very solid and enviable by many members.
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    Another sub would surely increase your bass response. The addition of an XPA-2 to drive your mains would make your 2ch listening improve IMO. Aside from that, like DSkip mentioned, you have a very solid system.
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    I would agree Geoff, the 9's will put to GOOD use all the power you can throw at them, to quote Geoff, "MO POWER"
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    As recommended, I have been kicking around the idea of driving the fronts through an XPA-2. However, and this may seem like an idiot question from an idiot newb, but will the extra 100 watts make that much of a difference? My listening is 90/10, Movie/Music.

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    Drove mine with the XPA-5, until I got the XPA-2 and there was a very noticeable difference with the -2
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    Have you looked into room treatments, or upgrading your speaker cables/power cables?
    Theater Room: Pioneer Elite SC-35, RTi12's, Csi5, Fxi5's, Fxi3's, ED A5-350 sub, Optoma HD20, 92'' Elite Screen, Sony BDPS790, Xbox One, APC H15, MIT Exp 2 SC's, Pepster PC's

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    Quote Originally Posted by zane77 View Post
    Drove mine with the XPA-5, until I got the XPA-2 and there was a very noticeable difference with the -2
    +1, drove mine with an XPA-3, equivalent to the XPA-5 in power, and was VERY happy with the X-tra 100w.

    And, BRun has an awesome suggestion with Rm Trmts
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    Quote Originally Posted by B Run View Post
    Have you looked into room treatments, or upgrading your speaker cables/power cables?
    What B said.

    What are your room dimensions ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by B Run View Post
    Have you looked into room treatments, or upgrading your speaker cables/power cables?
    Good call, especially on RT.
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    Thanks to all for the suggestions. All of my cabling is Audioquest and I use 12 gauge speaker wire all the way around. I know this may seem like overkill considering my room dimensions of 14'x23' so place that one in the "newb mistake" category. Can anyone recommend a good place for acoustic paneling and some idea as far as placement? I understand the whole "reflection point" placement idea, but is there anything else I'm missing?

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    GIK acoustics has several articles that I found very informative.
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    DSkip, thanks for the advice. I will check it out...
    Polk Audio RtiA9 - Front x 2
    Polk Audio CsiA6 - Center
    Polk Audio FXiA6 - Surrounds x 4
    Denon AVR 3313 CI
    Oppo BDP 103
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    SVS PB12 NSD

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    Add second matching sub...sit back & enjoy! Nice system you have there...even better when you add another matching sub. "nuff said.
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    I vote for another SVS PB12 NSD.

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    Also agree on adding a second sub, or look into using REW software from home theater shack and work on eq'ing the one you have. Either way room treatments or another sub will be a huge upgrade, didn't know you had Audioquest wire you should be good to go in that department.
    Theater Room: Pioneer Elite SC-35, RTi12's, Csi5, Fxi5's, Fxi3's, ED A5-350 sub, Optoma HD20, 92'' Elite Screen, Sony BDPS790, Xbox One, APC H15, MIT Exp 2 SC's, Pepster PC's

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    My response eludes to your post title. What are you missing?? Sounds like a pretty stellar rig to me. If you are feeling the lack of bass than obviously a 2nd sub "could" be your answer. Otherwise cables, IC's, room treatments, etc might be a better use of funds. JMO....

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    Thanks again for all the tips. Based on the consensus here I believe I will look at adding another SVS sub. Awhile back someone here recommended another sub based on my room size and most of you have supported that recommendation. On another note, I am a performance car lover and it is amazing the similarities between home audio and aftermarket car parts - you can spend all you like and there will inevitably be something else you want....

    I can't tell you how much help I have gleaned from this board and I truly appreciate everyone's thoughts and recommendations. I am considering a projector very soon - here we go again
    Polk Audio RtiA9 - Front x 2
    Polk Audio CsiA6 - Center
    Polk Audio FXiA6 - Surrounds x 4
    Denon AVR 3313 CI
    Oppo BDP 103
    Emotiva XPA-5
    SVS PB12 NSD

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