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    Default Multiple main speakers

    Does anyone have more than one pair of mains hooked up? If you do how should they be hooked up? In series or with a jumper?

    Also are there any benifits, or drawbacks to doing this(other than less power to each speaker if hooked up in series)?

    My old setup was:
    Mains: RT10
    Center: CS400
    Rears: fx500
    sub: psw404

    I got an awesome deal on a pair of RT12's and replaced the RT10's as my mains(which gave me a fuller sounding front stage, that I was hoping for), and then as an after thought ran a jumper to the RT10's and I swear the soundstage improved again.

    Any input appreciated.

    Thanks,
    David

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    Be sure to wire them in series. This results in around a 16 ohm load to the amp and will prevent overcurrent. The larger load will simply cause them to play quieter which you can adjust for. Wiring them in parallel would drop it down to 4 ohms which could be bad for the amp (some here have meausured these as lower than 8 ohm speakers so the effect in parallel could be even worse than 4 ohms).
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    Surrounds: Polk Audio RTi8 (x4)
    Sub: SVS PB10-ISD (Dual)
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    Question

    So by running the jumper you are saying that I have them hooked up in parallel.

    After I looked again at the description for each type of connection, it seems like it may be hooked up in parellel, but I am not sure.

    I hooked the wires from the amp to the rt12's lower hookups, left the gold biwiring strips in place and ran a jumper from the upper connection on the rt12's to the rt10's. Is that running them in parallel?

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    Yes, this is parallel and bad. To wire them in series (leave the jumpers on place and use either top or bottom for this):

    red on amp to red on speaker 1
    black on speaker 1 to red on speaker 2
    black on speaker 2 to black on amp

    Good luck! Many people find that running multiple sets of speakers muddies the sound due to frequency cancellations but if it rocks to you, go for it!!

    :)
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    --Stuff--
    Front: Polk Audio RTi12
    Center: Polk Audio CSi5
    Surrounds: Polk Audio RTi8 (x4)
    Sub: SVS PB10-ISD (Dual)
    AVR: Denon AVR-3805
    DVD: Denon DVD-2910
    Display: Sony KDL-52XBR4
    STB: Motorola 6412 Dual Tuner DVR

    Bedroom system:
    Sherwood Stereo Receiver (RX-4105)
    Polk Audio RTi6 (x4)

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    Thanks for all the help.
    I hooked them up in series last night and listened. Then I hooked up just the rt12's, then just the rt10's. I did that 3 times listening to the same thing each time and the rt12's by themselves won the battle. Heck they even sounded better than when I had the rt10 & 12's hooked up in parallel.

    So the rt10's move down to the 2ch rig.

    It is disappointing having to move them. The 12's and 10's look too good sitting next to each other at the front of the room. Oh well.

    Thanks again for being the only person to respond. You helped me out alot!

    David

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    glad to do it :-)
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    --Stuff--
    Front: Polk Audio RTi12
    Center: Polk Audio CSi5
    Surrounds: Polk Audio RTi8 (x4)
    Sub: SVS PB10-ISD (Dual)
    AVR: Denon AVR-3805
    DVD: Denon DVD-2910
    Display: Sony KDL-52XBR4
    STB: Motorola 6412 Dual Tuner DVR

    Bedroom system:
    Sherwood Stereo Receiver (RX-4105)
    Polk Audio RTi6 (x4)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davidv
    Thanks for all the help.
    I hooked them up in series last night and listened. Then I hooked up just the rt12's, then just the rt10's. I did that 3 times listening to the same thing each time and the rt12's by themselves won the battle. Heck they even sounded better than when I had the rt10 & 12's hooked up in parallel.

    So the rt10's move down to the 2ch rig.

    It is disappointing having to move them. The 12's and 10's look too good sitting next to each other at the front of the room. Oh well.

    Thanks again for being the only person to respond. You helped me out alot!

    David
    need stronger amp! to run 2 mains........ but you will Overkill the center......
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