I sympathise that the meaning of "over-kill" is different in America where it is perfectly normal to use a truck to do grocery shopping or school drop offs
Let me start again then:Sorry, I dont get it.
What features exactly do you seek?
Two channel integrated amp with an adjustable crossover for subwoofer output? Didn't see the requirement to have an adjustable crossover until now.
No remote control? Or only a remote that is NOT a phone app? Didn't see the issue with using a phone app for control until now.
What is your budget? Didn't see any mention of price until now.
There are tons of options but which one you will like is tough to guess.
Note that the Parasound, the Anthem, from my list offer variable crossover choices. I am not sure about the others.
But for the Anthem, for example, you will want to use a computer to set it up. Is that a deal breaker? I dunno. You haven't specified either way.
"No video circuitry", "no extra channels", "stereo pre-outs", "adjustable crossover frequency", "adjustable crossover slope", "remote control", "physical buttons/knobs on the device", "no phone app", etc.
Personally, I haven't used a volume control on a device in at least a decade, have found very few situations where 80hz is not a useful / acceptable crossover, don't mind using a computer for setup (in fact I prefer it versus an interface on the device itself since it is more ergonomic for me and allows for more upgradability)
There are solutions from about the $250 level up to ten times that amount, if price is a key feature.
When searching for a product with a unique set of specific features and limitations for which there is almost no market demand then we need to accept that it's unlikely any profit-making company has invested in bringing such a product to market. As consumers the best we can do is research everything that's available and compromise on what comes closest to meeting our ideal.
Good point. And it's not just THX. It's Toole, Geddes, Olive, Devantier, Welti, etc etc that present science the supports this approach. It is super effective for two channel, and luckily there are a handful of devices that can manage the signal path well for very little money (eg, miniDSP).
Are you refusing to consider a Denon AVR as a matter of principle rather than considering if it may be the best solution despite having more features and functionality than you need?I sympathise that the meaning of "over-kill" is different in America where it is perfectly normal to use a truck to do grocery shopping or school drop offs
Are you refusing to consider a Denon AVR as a matter of principle rather than considering if if may be the best solution despite having more features and functionality than you need?
Many stereo amplifiers come with video circuitry these days.It never occurred to me to state "no video circuitry" on stereo amplifier ,
or "physical buttons/knobs on the device" on a Hi-Fi amplifier. That was common sense to me but I was proved wrong.
However, you simply cannot have a THX 2.1 setup with at least having "adjustable crossover frequency" - period. When the filter slope is 12dB/octave or more and a xover frequency fixed at 80Hz any satellite speakers that cuts off at above 80Hz will have response dips around 80-120Hz no matter what you do.
Why should I have stated this as a requirement? This is the forum where even 1dB deviation is equalised, isn't it?
Do you mean in general, as in what could the possible reasons be for anyone? Or in my specific example in my workout room? If you mean me specifically, for my workout room, I'll assume you are genuinely interested, so:Please answer me this: Why do you consider a small stereo speaker set, instead of two large floor standers that has the potential to sound better?
It's that word again: "many", with no qualification.Many stereo amplifiers come with video circuitry these days.
I disagree totally! Otherwise why would you do eq in the mid frequency range?...a system that plays down to 20Hz with 4 well placed subs and has response dips between 80Hz and 120Hz still sounds much better than a 2.0 system that only plays down to 40Hz
I am not looking for THX qualification. I am only looking for an affordable stereo audio amplifier with bass management that will match these Emotivas. How much more I can make myself clear!!!So, is it THX compliant?
I think you will realise that you are not a standard Hi-Fi user that Hi-Fi shops and magazines cater for.
For me personally, in general, I would consider bookshelf speakers over towers if it were very important to be able to place the speakers on furniture or in a bookshelf. Otherwise, if they are going on stands, I strongly prefer towers. I would pair them with subs in either scenario. A good pair of subs is more important to me than whether I use bookshelf speakers or tower speakers, in case it is implied that the choice is between bookshelf+subs or towers/no subs.In general and in order to stay in topic. After all this is the thread about a small speaker.
NAD M10 and M33 are US$3000 and US$5000 respectively and here we are on the review of a US$229 speaker. Your point is lost on me.My personal opinion is you could spend less on well measured bookshelf speakers, a quality sub, and a nice Nad integrated amp with Dirac, than the alternative "full range" floor standing speakers, amp, ect and probably have similar or better results.
NAD M10 and M33 are US$3000 and US$5000 respectively and here we are on the review of a US$229 speaker. Your point is lost on me.