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AVR300 Speakers

Discussion in 'Arcam Owners' Forum' started by steventucker, Oct 1, 2004.

  1. steventucker

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    I'm looking to buy a pair of Quad 11Ls for the front of my Arcam AVR300. Is this a sensible choice? I mostly listen to acoustic music at low/medium volumes so purity and detail of sound is important.

    Quad 11L speakers are rated at 6ohm. The Quad website states that although rated at 6ohm the speakers are suitable for use with 8ohm amplifiers.

    My other question is: What setting on the AVR300 speaker impedance switch do I choose for the best quality sound at low/mid volumes, 4ohms or 8ohm?

    Cheers
    Steven.
     
  2. johndon

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    I've got Anthony Gallo Micros with my AVR300 and, although they are rated at 8 ohms, I was advised by my dealer to set the impedance switch to 4ohms.

    John
     
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    Agree. For 6 ohm speakers, definitely set AVR300 to 4 ohm.
     
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    I have asked a number of people the same question regarding 'ohmage' on my AVR200 (bearing in mind the rears are 8 ohm). I found that half said stick to eight and the other half said 4-6 (incidentally one Arcam rep said one and Arcam support said the other). In the end, CrustyLoafer baffled me with science but also convinced me to go for 4-6... ;)
     
  5. Crustyloafer

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    Yay :) I'm glad I managed to baffle someone else other than myself.
     
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    I'm getting the impression that my AVR-300 is almost always set to rather high volume positions, unless I crank up all the speakers to the max in the setup (and set some lower according to the SLM readings).
    Can anyone think of any disavantage doping this?
    Used to be like 75 all the time, and now around 60-65.
    Even now for "serious" DD-EX movies I have to set close to 80 for a nice level in my smallish quarters.
    I don't think it has anything to do with insufficient output power, but more with insufficient drive levels, which I can control in setup for analog inputs but NOT for digital feeds, the feed from my 3910 player being the faintest it seems...
    So sometimes the family's scared out of their wits with cd player honking away at them...
    I had hoped the 3910 to output a higher DD level opposed to the Pioneer, but nope!
    But then again, it's merely a digital stream, so ultimately its conversion in the receiver sets the base volume, right?
    Or am I thinking along the wrong path here?
    Barend
     
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    I always have mine running at about 80 for movies too. I wouldn't worry about it too much.
     
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    No it's not THAT dramatic, but I like to equalize the sound levels...
    Barend
     
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    I'm in a 14x22x8.5 room, with 4 ohm, 86db sens. speakers. For movies at volume I'm usually around 75-80 on my AVR300. In setup my speaker levels are set to +2 or +3 db (set with a SPL), and they're all set to large. Sounds great.

    For normal (with wife present) TV viewing, about 60-65 db.

    But the wife does like the Stereo Sport effect at about 70+ db for F1 GP starts. :thumbsup:
     

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