I used one of the Sony speakers. Maybe it could overcome the water, but I'm not into "blasting at some crazy volume" early in the morning.What kind of Bluetooth speakers did you try and how close were they? The Sony BT speakers I have (SRS-XB3) can easily overpower the noise from my shower for listening to music if I put it on the top of the glass "stall" wall pointing in with them blasting at some crazy volume. Heck, my tablet's speakers can easily be heard for listening to a podcast over the shower if placed in the same location.
My plan is to put marine grade rated car audio speakers in the ceiling over the shower and the sinks in the master bathroom for audio listening. I bought the speakers a while back, but I've finally gotten motivated and have been acquiring all the parts for the project. Right now I'm trying to buy a nice used Denon to power them and the eventual 15" sub I won't be able to resist putting in the ceiling too (I already have the sub driver and the amp).
Generally you want to kill off all the first reflection points, so a panel or two on the ceiling, a panel or two on the side walls and the wall immediately behind the speaker. However, for 2 channel you'll end up deadening the room too much if you're not careful. You don't want to cover every wall with loads of absorption and want to use diffusion where helpful or necessary. If I was sitting further from the back wall I would have gone with diffusion on it instead of absorption. I can't treat the side walls in this room. The first reflection points are a set of glass double doors on one side and a window on the other. However they're better than a flat wall. The windows has blinds to diffuse the sound some and the glass door I leave open a few inches so it's really bouncing the sound elsewhere in the room. The ceiling I'm leaving alone for now. I plan to make absorptive panels to put behind the speakers on the front wall. One of them needs a hole for a light switch.Nice. I've gone a bit nuts with acoustic panels in the last 7 years or so. Adding more always seems to make things better. 30sqft+ in the office at this point. The wall closest and the wall behind (where the speakers are pointed) seem to make the most difference.
Not exactly. You want the sound to only come directly from your speakers. However, you don't want to make your room an anechoic chamber. For 2 channel music you don't want a totally dead room with no acoustic reflections. It perceptually won't sound right even if the speakers measure very well in it (for frequency response). If you've ever been to a concert hall or room designed for live audio production with minimal amplification you probably noted the room isn't dead (acoustically). There is some life to the room, it has some natural echoes & reverb. You pretty much only want to eliminate the first reflection points in a 2 channel room, but not more than that. So on the some of the wall behind the speakers, limited areas on the side walls (only first reflection points), first reflection points on the ceiling, and first reflection points on the back wall. The ceiling and rear wall may benefit from diffusion instead of absorption. Other indirect acoustic reflections that bounce around the room and eventually make it to your room aren't bad. They're what give the room ambience.Can you elaborate on "deadening the room too much"? I don't know a lot about this stuff, and my assumption was that I want the sound coming from my speakers.
Why does it need to be on the desk? It has a remote so it seems like you can put it elsewhere in the room.I'm on the fence with the 2.0 vs 2.1 because of similar complications you've mentioned. There seems to be a sincere lack of 2.1 DAC/processors on the market for a reasonably affordable price which is why I had been using my AV7005 pre/pro for this task. The Marantz is bulky and takes up a lot of space which is why I'm looking into other options.
Where's the volume control and the crossover(s) in your setup?I use a Schiit Modi 2. Happy enough with it. Dead silent when not playing audio. Looks like they have a new version.
Rough volume control is on the speakers and sub. Fine tuning is on the PC itself. No proper crossover; I let the monitors handle whatever they want and adjusted the sub to fill in where I thought it needed it.Where's the volume control and the crossover(s) in your setup?
Ugh... That would be a total non-starter for me. Proper bass redirection and a single volume control that keeps things balanced correctly is a must. Time alignment and dynamic EQ are like to have features also. Hence why I have a Denon AVR-4520CI driving my 2.1 system in my office/library.Rough volume control is on the speakers and sub. Fine tuning is on the PC itself. No proper crossover; I let the monitors handle whatever they want and adjusted the sub to fill in where I thought it needed it.
Dude indeed! That unit costs more than the 3 PCs, 2 printers, and scanner in my office.Ugh... That would be a total non-starter for me. Proper bass redirection and a single volume control that keeps things balanced correctly is a must. Time alignment and dynamic EQ are like to have features also. Hence why I have a Denon AVR-4520CI driving my 2.1 system in my office/library.
Well, I bought it used for $350 from a guy I know locally. My other Denon AVR-4520CI that I'm using in my Great Room to drive my 7.1 system I bought was new, but was a closeout at $1100.Dude indeed! That unit costs more than the 3 PCs, 2 printers, and scanner in my office.
Unfortunately you can't get anything like the feature set I want in anything with that sort of form factor. Hence the full size Denon receiver that I use as a pre-pro. It's out of my way, so the size isn't really a factor.I really don't want a full sized reciever in my office. The volume knob on the daskeyboard works fine. The rest would be nice, but I don't need an amp, either. Something the size of a paperback would be ideal.
I can recommend the Audioengine HD6 active speakers (amp in left channel speaker, passive connection to right speaker). It has RCA and toslink spdif inputs, in addition to Bluetooth aptx. Comes with remote control for volume, mute and power. Has rca outs for a subwoofer, I use mine with a PSA 15S sealed sub. It doesnt generate a .1 channel tho, so I just set the subs plate amp crossover to around 60Hz. Quite surprising sound quality for the price, obviously one can get more capabilty for more money. They were my primary left and right speakers in my home theater until I upgraded to diysoundgroup Titans. They now provide sound for the tv upstairs, where I dont have room for massive speakers and a pre-processor/power amp configuration.Seems like there really is no good small form factor option for a 2.1 setup. From what I've read and heard from everyone here, anything I pick up for this task will be a downgrade from my Marantz AV7005 for proper bass management and single volume control. I'm sure there are better 2.1 processors for more money, but the form factor won't be any better. I think I'll just find a way to locate it in my office and use the remote like SD suggested. I suspect that moving it farther away should be ok with the balanced cables.
I haven't heard anything either way. I'm sure there are lots of happy owners.Have you heard anything good/bad about the SVS line of speakers? They seems to have a decent following but I don't know anywhere or anyone local that has them to give them a try. I see they have a decent 45 day return policy so I could demo them in home first. I'm also considering height speakers and they offer Prime version of an elevated angled height speaker which is convenient and interesting.
I'm not sure. I haven't followed speakers that closely for the past 10 years or so. Have you checked out the speaker section of AVSforum?What other brands are worth considering for a dedicated HT in the $500-$1000 range per speaker?
I have way too many speakers as it is. I have nowhere else to put speakers and I don't have any itch to replace them all. I'm in the midst of adding Atmos to my great room (using DIYSG Volt-10 speakers). As a result it's hard to justify the effort to stay up on them.That's fair. I have browsed a bit over at avs but there's so much info and so many options. I thought you stayed fairly up to date but it sounds like you're not following speakers as much as in the past.
Yeah, there's a pile of companies out there. Here's another: https://www.powersoundaudio.com/collections/speakersI haven't heard of diysoundgroup but I'll check it out. Thanks for the tip.
Doug, will you be going with a perforated screen in front of your tower center? Its definitely the way to go if you dont have to compromise with a horizontal center channel under your display.That's fair. I have browsed a bit over at avs but there's so much info and so many options. I thought you stayed fairly up to date but it sounds like you're not following speakers as much as in the past.
I haven't heard of diysoundgroup but I'll check it out. Thanks for the tip.