Bass management: Who does it well?

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  1. avanzato

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    Untill recently I was blissfully unaware of the distortion introduced into the bass from some amps/processors when redirecting the bass.

    So having seen it mentioned elsewhere I decided to get an Outlaw ICBM bass manager but... They won't sell to the UK :(
    Other bass managers I've found range from £600ish to over £1000 which seems a little too much for me.

    So is there a list of good AV amps that don't mess up the bass?
     
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    All THX Select and Ultra products have to meet low distortion specs on their line level outputs, especially when running all speakers set to small and an 80Hz crossover.

    THX certification is not as worthless as some people make it out to be.:lesson:
     
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    Tag Mclaren implement bass management very well.

    Steven.
     
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    Meridian too.
     
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    And Lexicon. :)

    Better than the two above....oooooooooo!
     
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    So Lexicon allows you to set individual crossover points on a speaker by speaker basis. Big deal:boring:
    Maybe if they could allow you to set all speakers to large and reroute bass as and when it went beyond the ability of the speaker to handle, I'd be impressed :devil:

    Oh, wait, Meridian processors have been doing that for AGES :devil:
     
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    Meridian? Aren't they made from toilet rolls & sticky back plastic?
     
  8. EvilMudge

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    You're thinking of Theta. Meridian is made out of cardboard and tinfoil.;)
     
  9. avanzato

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    Ah! The usual suspects. I wish I'd got cheaper hobby.

    I'm financially challenged at the moment so I would be looking at older models of the TAG, Meridian etc. Have they all always been flexible with the software or is this a set of features on the newer models. I've kept an eye on eBay and they are all very popular judging by the prices. I think some older THX stuff may be all I will be able to afford.

    Anyone got an Aragon Stage one they will sell at a stupidly low price? :devil:
     
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    Don't let Spligsey hear you saying that, he'll have a blue fit :devil:
     
  11. Spligsey

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    Meridian: load of old skank;)


    Spligs.
     
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    I always thought there was something slightly off about the way the old Tag AV32R did bass management, although I could never put my finger on exactly what it was, so maybe I was just being prejudiced. I gather the new dual-SHARC version does it very nicely. And certainly Meridian and Lexicon do an excellent job of it.
     
  13. John Dawson

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    And Arcam does it properly on the AV8 too - 48 bit (i.e. 24 bit double precision) - just thought you'd all like to know :)

    John Dawson (Arcam)
     
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    John, do you lose the top of the LFE channel with a THX crossover?
     
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    Take a look at the bass management on the 9000es processor
     
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    yes but is who does it well

    a) low distortion on all channels
    b) Lots of facilities, freq, roll offs to play with

    Many have the latter nowdays but FEW have the former
     
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    Who does then Bee?
     
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    Lexicon / Meridian - heck the Sony STRVA555ES can do that as well. Don't know whether the distortion level is good or bad, but as everyone is just talking but not quoting...The Sony's is quoted at THD 0.05%
     
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    MC-1 specs..

    Frequency Response: 10Hz to 20kHz, ±0.3dB
    THD+Noise: Less than 0.005%
    Dynamic Range: 105dB minimum, 110dB typical with digital source.
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 105dB minimum, 110dB typical with digital source.

    :)
     

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