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new speakers....couple of questions...

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by jonnyv, Jun 21, 2002.

  1. jonnyv

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    Just bought the mordaunt short 902's and the 905c center speaker to replace my mission 701's.

    couple of questions :

    when running these speakers in what should i play throught them ? Would running dvd movies through them be the best ?

    It says in the instruction booklet that the mordaunt short speakers are designed to be 'best' when used with the grilles left on, i normally remove them...what do you think ?

    Also, the speakers have bi-wire connections on the back, Is it best for me to use them ?

    From what i understand i would have to twist the 2 wires for + and 2 wires for - to my amp and then join the 4 cables to the speakers.

    cheers
     
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    Hi Jonny

    Leaving the radio running or a cd playing should do the job nicely. Multiplay CD player would be best then you dont have to keep changing discs.

    As for the grilles, thats down to personal choice, cant take mine off as they dont have grilles as such, just cloth. My old speakers used to sound better with the grilles off though.

    Cheers
     
  3. jonnyv

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    Hi Jase, thanks for your help again.....that would run in the frount 2 speakers, but what about the center chanel ?

    Also i have edited my post and added a question about bi wiring..can you advise me on that ?


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  4. Ian J

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    Correct, if you only have one pair of speaker terminals on the amp.
     
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    Has your amp got Pro-Logic 2 or a 5ch stereo mode or similar??

    For bi-wiring, do as you´ve said, 2 wires for +, 2 for - and then into the respective terminal of the speaker.
     
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    Thanks for the replys....

    Jase, i shall try using the 3 chanel stereo mode to run in the speakers or play various dvd's...

    So is it best to bi-wire speakers if they have the bi-wire terminals ?

    cheers
     
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    I´ll let you decide that one!! Give it a go, see what you think. Its one of those topics that generates a lot of disagreement!! Some say its better, some don´t etc etc

    My current speakers cant be bi-wired but my previous ones could and indeed were.:)
     
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    Thanks jase, I just dont want to spend £15 on speaker cable and buy another 6 banana plugs to 'try it' .

    But as you say theres alot of disagreement over this topic..maybe i should splash out !


    cheers
     
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    Hi m8

    Leave your grills on for 1 to 2 weeks as the tweeters will sound very bright until run in.

    My 906's are bi-wired with cat 5 and if you choose to bi wire then I suggest you get yourself some banana plugs.

    I used DVD Audio and DTS audio discs to run mine in.

    Cheers
    Bry

    PS £15 quid on speaker cable :eek:
    I have £100 worth of Cable Talk 3.1 bi wire cable in the cupboard in 3 lengths, youv'e seen where my speakers are so that should give you an idea of the lengths.
    Let me know if you want it or wanna borrow it I have no Use for it. Or if you want some cat 5 making up to length bring loads of banana plugs and I'll do them for you.
     
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    Banana plugs won't improve the sound so don't buy them "just to test". If you prefer the sound of biwired speakers then you can buy the banana plugs afterwards.
     
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    Is it neccesary for the center speaker to be bi-wired ?



    cheers
     
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    It isn't necessary to biwire any speaker but some do sound better when biwired and on some it doesn't make much difference.

    The cost of biwiring the centre should be much less as you can't need more than one metre of cable £3 - £5 so if you are biwiring the others you may just as well go the whole hog
     
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    Thanks Ian..after reading various articles on the net i'm not sure if its worth me bi-wiring these speakers ?

    What has seemed to come up quite alot, is to replace the metal bridges between the terminals with speaker cable from lower terminals to the top terminals ?

    any thought on this ?


    cheers
     
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    On the subject of grill removal.I don't know from what material your speaker cabinets are made, but when i got my floorstanders i removed the grills after around 3-4 months use and found quite a distinct colour variation where the grills had provided shade from the sunlight.It was very noticable although the colour is now uniform and getting darker by the month :)
     

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