Charles Mallari

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  • in reply to: Best Receiver to pair with unifi speakers #15899

    Charles Mallari
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    Hello Husaifa and Ssesani,

    I get asked all the time about sufficient power. But what is sufficient power is more based on room size and listening preference. A majority of customers report in that the Sony and the Yamaha have sufficient power to their needs. My guess is that in smaller room this maybe fine.

    Another concern is that the Uni-Fi is a 4 ohm speaker. Impedance is a funny thing I recommend this article: https://www.cnet.com/news/how-to-stop-worrying-about-speaker-impedance/ With uni-fi and these amps, I would recommend setting the speakers to small and setting a crossover at 80-60HZ to relieve the strain off the receiver.

    The Onkyo recommended is compatible with 4 ohm speakers. Also most Pioneer Elite, Denon, and Marantz are 4ohm compatible some may need settings adjust review the owners manual. Some receivers like the Yamaha are only compatible with the main front and left, which is fine if you use the above advice for movie watching and wish to use pure direct mode while listening to music critically.(this is my preference)

    Respectfully,
    Charles Mallari

  • in reply to: Elac uni-fi UC5 center speaker with debut 6.2 bookshelfs #15885

    Charles Mallari
    Moderator

    Hello S

    First off Technically all a/v receivers with a crossover network(almost all) can power the Uni-Fi speaker… Impedance varies on frequency. Below 80hz the Uni-Fi is a 4 ohm speaker, and above 80hz the Uni-fi line looks like a 6-8 ohm speaker. So if you are using a subwoofer, on the receiver set the speakers to small and cross them over at 80hz. This is consistent with THX standards and Andrew Jones recommendations. Also if you play the main speakers in full and add a subwoofer, it may sound muddy. Impedance is a funny thing I suggest you take a look at this article: https://www.cnet.com/news/how-to-stop-worrying-about-speaker-impedance/

    The necessary power for the Uni-Fi is really a matter of room size and personal preference in terms of how loud. If the room is relatively small, you run the system with a crossover at 80hz and you prefer to listen a moderate volumes you may be okay with Uni-Fi.

    But to answer your questions.

    1) The Debut 2.0 C6.2 or the Debut 2.0 C5.2 will sound better with the Debut 2.0 B6.2 and Debut 2.0 and it’s cheaper than the UC5. The preference is to have at least all three LCR of the matching series. With a C6.2 and a C5.2 you’ll have this.

    2) Different impedance or Ohm doesn’t really matter to the amp. The amp in general will self compensate. But if you went with the C6.2 or C5.2 is won’t matter.

    If you think of stereo, you wouldn’t have one speaker be one brand and the other be a different brand. The balance would be off and they would not blend together.

    Ideally all speakers in a surround system would be the same, but unfortunately in the real world it’s not practical. A good example is a tower speaker for a center would obstruct view of the screen. People tend to skimp on the rear surrounds to be a little more cost effective. Speaker manufactures timbre match speakers within a series to get the closest to that ideal.

    I prefer at the very least the front three speakers be of the same series and so they blend together. I feel that surrounds and height speakers you can compromise as they are a bit farther distance from the fronts and the mis-matched blending is not as noticeable. By using a Debut C6.2 or C5.2 you have the opportunity to get closest to that ideal of having all 5 speakers be the same. FYI the sensitivity is a little higher on the DC6.2 or DC5.2 so they will be a little bit louder than the other anyways.

    Though the Uni-Fi is a superior speaker. The Debut 2.0 sound amazing and a system with a full Debut 2.0 is not a compromise by any means. I think the subtle limitations of the Debut 2.0 will be amplified next to the Uni-Fi.

    Respectfully,
    Charles Mallari

  • in reply to: Small Home Theater Advice! #15709

    Charles Mallari
    Moderator

    Hello,

    Technically, for the best sound all 5 speakers should be the same model or the same series. But I have used Debut in the rear and still had a wonderful experience.

    I know forums and certain reviewers don’t like Atmos enabled-speakers(reflection), but when done properly they sound as good if not better than in ceiling speakers. Because the reflection speaker creates a more dispersed sound.

    For the same price of the prime elevation speaker you can get the Debut in ceilings IC-D61-W, it will look a little bit better and . https://www.elac.com/product/ic-d61-w/?r=us

    If you were still looking at mounting them high on the wall, we have our own on-wall speaker solution which will save you a little money. https://www.elac.com/product/ow4-2/?r=us

    In fact, if you really want to have small speakers for the rear I recommend the OW4.2.

    Btw it’s is debatable as to which is better having a mix and match system, or to have a complete matching Debut 2.0.

    Respectfully,
    Charles Mallari

  • in reply to: AVR Question #15449

    Charles Mallari
    Moderator

    Looks like the main difference is the TX-NR686 is THX and has more power. More power is usually better. I don’t have a lot of experience with Onkyo products and so I can’t really weigh in on them. I hope someone else can give their experience.

    Respectfully,
    Charles Mallari

  • in reply to: Mixing ELAC series speakers #15435

    Charles Mallari
    Moderator

    Hello Ora,

    I believe I answered you question on another post.

    Even though the Uni-Fi is a superior speaker, they have a different frequency response from the Debut 2.0. I think what is likely to happen is the one speaker will outshine the other. I always prefer that the LCR match, if not all 5 speakers match.

    If you have room in your budget, I would purchase a second subwoofer. Multiple subwoofers evens out the bass response through out the room and in my opinion gives a better over all sound.

    Respectfully,
    Charles Mallari

  • in reply to: Matching a center channel with the original Debut F6 #15427

    Charles Mallari
    Moderator

    No Problem Schwags.

    It’s normally 70 dollars more, unless you found it on sale somewhere.

    Btw Good question, I spoke with Andrew and he recommended the the C6.2 over the UC5. They are a closer match.

    Respectfully,
    Charles Mallari

  • in reply to: 7.1 with floor standing #15400

    Charles Mallari
    Moderator

    Hello,

    In a perfect ideal world, all 7 speakers would be floor standing speaker playing in full range. If you think of stereo you wouldn’t have one speaker be a bookshelf and the other be a floorstanding speaker, because it would cause a balance issue. Technically most of the sound comes from the front. So people have gone to using smaller speakers in the surround position to be more cost effective. Also sometimes it is not practical to have a floorstanding speaker in a walk way. Another reason is that you don’t want to losing line of sight with the surrounds. So some like to mount surrounds a little higher so that head rest or other heads don’t block the speaker.

    I’m sure there are other benefits to smaller surrounds, but having the surrounds be floor-standing speakers would be pretty awesome as you are closer to ideal.

    I’d make sure that you had at least two subwoofers before spending the extra for floor-standing speakers in the surround positions. Personally for your room, I’d go for an Atmos 5.2.2 or 5.2.4. So I’d 4 floorstanding speakers in all 4 corners. Then with the money saved for the last two floorstanding, I’d opt an extra subwoofer and a pair or 2 pair of Atmos height speakers. In my opinion, there is so much more gained with the extra subwoofer and the height channels compared to the extra surrounds.

    Let me know if you have further questions.

    Respectfully,
    Charles Mallari

  • in reply to: Which input when hooking up 2 3010 subs #15398

    Charles Mallari
    Moderator

    Just one to each. It doesn’t technically matter which left or right. The left and right is designed pre-amp that have a left and right pre-out, but no summed or mono outputs.

    Respectfully,
    Charles Mallari

  • in reply to: Recomended 5.1.2 #15379

    Charles Mallari
    Moderator

    Hey Mario,

    If you can get the B5.2 at floorstanding height, I would definitely add an extra pair of A4s the A4 fit on top of the B5.2 exactly. Especially, since it’s a capable AVR.

    2 subwoofers is always recommended as you will have more even bass throughout the room.

    Let me know if you have other questions, I’m unsure what you are looking for in terms of tips.

    Respectfully,
    Charles Mallari

  • in reply to: Denon AVR-X1400H with Unifi UB5? #15376

    Charles Mallari
    Moderator

    Hey Aftab,

    Both would work, they are both compatible with the 4ohm UB51s. It’s a little difficult to find in the Manual. Whenever someone mentions impedance, I always mention this article: https://www.cnet.com/news/how-to-stop-worrying-about-speaker-impedance/

    Seems like the main difference is the 2400h has 15 more watts which is a significant 18.75 % more power. More power means better dynamic not necessarily louder. There are also more inputs, and it has 4K Video Upscaling. There may be other factors that affect sound quality in that they may have other improvements, but specifications are all that I can based my opinion on.

    Respectfully,
    Charles Mallari

  • in reply to: UniFi for Home Theatre #15364

    Charles Mallari
    Moderator

    Hello HTReno,

    I would run 3 UC51s as an LCR, the concentric drivers are very adept to vertical and horizontal orientation. You would get a subtly higher efficiency.

    When it comes to Uni-Fi 4 ohms, I always like to show this article. https://www.cnet.com/news/how-to-stop-worrying-about-speaker-impedance/
    The AVRX-4400H is compatible according to their manual. There is a switch in the settings.

    With that in mind, I like having a power amplifier like an Emotiva XPA-5 Gen3. I love a well powered system.

    Respectfully,
    Charles Mallari

  • in reply to: Elac F5 sounding "boomy" with too much lower midrange #15363

    Charles Mallari
    Moderator

    Hello Rullmer,

    There are a few issues that may cause a boomy sound.

    1) The Speakers are placed a little close to the wall or they may be corner loaded.

    2) The auto-calibrate(if available on your receiver) may be change and may need to be reset or even turned off.

    3) The cables may have become loose or they may have oxidized and you may losing clarity.

    4) Lastly, the tweeters may have been blown and may require service. If that’s the case because personal contact information is required please email me at customerservice@elac.us

    There are a multitude of other things that may cause a boomy sound, these are just a few.

    I hope this helps.

    Respectfully,
    Charles Mallari

  • in reply to: UniFi for Home Theatre #15499

    Charles Mallari
    Moderator

    Hello Aaurena,

    It’s difficult for me to play favorites I hope you can understand.

    Personally, I look for a receiver that can handle 4ohms speakers and has around 80-100 wpc and has all the necessary features. The features are necessary to meet personal needs so it’s difficult for me to weigh in and find the perfect AVR.

    Respectfully,
    Charles Mallari

  • in reply to: Debut 2.0 vs Uni-Fi Slim #15429

    Charles Mallari
    Moderator

    Can you? Yes…

    Should you? The C5.2 is a perfect match for the B5.2. If you think of stereo you wouldn’t have one speaker be a bookshelf and the other be a floorstanding speaker, because it would cause a balance issue. It’s best to have all 5 or 7 speaker match from the same series. Moreover, some believe that the LCR are the most critical to match.

    So unless you have a UC5 laying around, I would more likely purchase a C5.2 instead of a UC5 if I had B5.2. Or if you had plans of building a Uni-Fi system in the future I would buy the UC5 with thoughts of buying UF5s and moving the DB5.2 to the rear.

    Respectfully,
    Charles Mallari

  • in reply to: Recomended 5.1.2 #15401

    Charles Mallari
    Moderator

    It should be great.

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