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Canopy Posted 7 months 6 days ago
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Looking for some advice.

My system is as follows 5.1.2

Supersat 60c center @200 watts
Supersat 60 front R/L @200 watts
Supersat 50 rear R/L @200 watts
Supersat 3 overhead @110 watts

My question is will I benefit from or notice a sound improvement by running all 3 fronts at 275 watts vs the current 200 watts?

Will it improve the sound in any tangible way or just make the fronts louder in volume?

TIA

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rjohn79395 Posted 7 months 6 days ago
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Hi Canopy

Good speakers!!! Bet you love them.

I don't know if we see enough information to help with this question. It sounds like maybe you're using a 5 channel external amp for the fronts and center and surrounds, and a separate amp for the heights???? (most receivers don't have as much as 200 watt ratings in their amps).

200 watts is a pretty darn good power reserve for Supersats. Going to a higher wattage amp source wouldn't necessarily give you better sound. A better amp might. What are the amps you are using??? And is there a free standing sub as part of the system? Going to a slightly higher crossover on the Supersats will also take some load off them vs. going to a higher watt amp rating.

A bit more info about the rest of your system and what you feel needs improving would be helpful.

Thanks!

Rick
5.4.4 HT speakers: T Ref fronts/LFE 1, SuperCenter Ref, T1 surrounds/LFE 2, HTR 7000 top fronts, Invisa 525 top rears
Zone 2 speakers; 2 Invisa 525's
AVR: Marantz SR 7010
Amps: AT525NC 5 channel, Parasound 275 v.2 stereo
Cable/TiVo, OPPO BDP 105D, SONOS Connect
47" Panasonic 3D smart tv
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Canopy Posted 7 months 6 days ago
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I do love them!

Some more details.

I am running a Marantz AV7705 mated to an Emotiva
200x5 amp for front L/C/R and also the rear L/R
the overhead speakers are run by a receiver in amp mode
at 110 watts.

It sounds fantastic. No complaints.

I see the the 60s can handle up to 300 watts.
I am considering buying another amp, the emotiva
3×275 for front L/C/R, use 2 of the 200 watt channels
for overhead.

I could also just buy a smaller, cheaper amp for the
overhead speakers and leave mains as is.

Question I have is if there would be an improvement
In fidelity or dynamics with 275 vs 200 on the 60 series
speaker. Or just be louder overall?

I am very happy with setup currently but I'm always
looking for improvements.
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rjohn79395 Posted 7 months 6 days ago
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Sounds like a great set-up! Re louder with more watt reserves, not at whatever you use for play settings, and my guess is the Emotiva has plenty of power and reserve for your use. Maybe a bit more at max volume with more watts. Dynamics, I don't know. 200 watts would drive Supersat 60's pretty well IMO including dynamic range.

Is there a sub in your system, and what is the crossover you are using? I suspect there may be something to be gained by thinking about crossovers to let the sub do more....

Rick
5.4.4 HT speakers: T Ref fronts/LFE 1, SuperCenter Ref, T1 surrounds/LFE 2, HTR 7000 top fronts, Invisa 525 top rears
Zone 2 speakers; 2 Invisa 525's
AVR: Marantz SR 7010
Amps: AT525NC 5 channel, Parasound 275 v.2 stereo
Cable/TiVo, OPPO BDP 105D, SONOS Connect
47" Panasonic 3D smart tv

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Canopy Posted 7 months 6 days ago
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Sub is Rythmik FV15HP in a 20x10 room. I love it
and run it high at 90hz because I like the fullness it adds
also use Audessey room correction so it's not bloated or
boomy.

I've had many setups over the years and one thing I love about
my current setup is it has great depth/imaging/dynamics even
at moderate volume. More so than any other I've had before.

I have a choice to spend roughly 1k to get 3x275 for front or leave
It as is and spend roughly 300 for an overhead amp and leave front
as is.

I'm just not sure if I will hear any difference at the moderate volume I
listen to with 275w going to the 60s vs 200w, to justify 1k vs 300 bucks.

It may be something I have to just try and see. Once I plug it in
and watch a movie I will know.

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rjohn79395 Posted 7 months 5 days ago
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You’ve put a lot of thought into this. Good for you!!!

I’d be tempted to even try a 100 or 120 HZ crossover to put a bit more of the heavy lifting to the sub and make the job of your current amps a bit easier.

Good luck and happy listening with whatever you try!!!!

Rick
5.4.4 HT speakers: T Ref fronts/LFE 1, SuperCenter Ref, T1 surrounds/LFE 2, HTR 7000 top fronts, Invisa 525 top rears
Zone 2 speakers; 2 Invisa 525's
AVR: Marantz SR 7010
Amps: AT525NC 5 channel, Parasound 275 v.2 stereo
Cable/TiVo, OPPO BDP 105D, SONOS Connect
47" Panasonic 3D smart tv
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