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Old 12-27-2008, 01:36 AM   #1  
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Well i purched the Onkyo 606 and SKS-HT540 speakers. Now I am new at setting this stuff up. So whats the best way to get good sound. Do i use the auto calibration that comes with the Onkyo. Also what speaker wire and do i use those Banan clips or just bare wire. All the advise would be great . Thanks for all the help. Also once I get more cash i will get better speakers. I read reviews these speakers are pretty good for my budget. I also have the sony s350 blu-ray do i need to change setting on there.
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Well i purched the Onkyo 606 and SKS-HT540 speakers. Now I am new at setting this stuff up. So whats the best way to get good sound. Do i use the auto calibration that comes with the Onkyo. Yes Also what speaker wire and do i use those Banan clips or just bare wire. You can use either banana clips or bare wire, it doesn't really matter. As for speaker wire I will post a wire size chart for you. You can use lamp wire that can be purchased at your local Home Depot or the likeAll the advise would be great . Thanks for all the help. Also once I get more cash i will get better speakers. I read reviews these speakers are pretty good for my budget. I also have the sony s350 blu-ray do i need to change setting on there.Just make sure to use HDMI cable connection from the Blu-ray player to the Onkyo then another HDMI cable from the receiver to the TV.
Here is a great source for high quality, inexpensive HDMI cables that work as good as any regardless of price www.monoprice.com.

Use the 8 Ohm figures from the chart for your wire lengths/sizes.



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I like to use the 14ga lamp wire. I buy it in spool lengths of 250'.
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I like to use the 14ga lamp wire. I buy it in spool lengths of 250'.
That works well. When I use wire of that size I generally use romex as it is easier to tack down and much easier to "fish" down walls and across ceilings.
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That works well. When I use wire of that size I generally use romex as it is easier to tack down and much easier to "fish" down walls and across ceilings.
That solid core (Romex) can be hard to deal with but certainly has great conductivity! For in wall runs.. good idea!
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That solid core (Romex) can be hard to deal with but certainly has great conductivity! For in wall runs.. good idea!
What I like to do for in wall runs is this - run the romex just like it was an electrical circuit, terminating it at a different colored, usually brown (different then the regular outlets used throughout the house)receptacle. Then run short pieces of stranded lamp cord between the receiver (either bare wire or banana plugs on this end) and brown plugs on the other end so it can just be plugged it to the receptacle. The same is done on the speaker side of the equation. This gives flexibility for rearranging equipment and looks clean/neat.
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I love being able to do that on a new construction project. I am fortunate that my HT room has an attic area above it. I had to be creative in getting signals up into the attic area because my main wall where my equipment sits is an outside wall.

I like your method of using wallplates.
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L2W - is your avatar your system? If so.....SWEET!
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No kidding! That is a very nice setup! Those front-main speakers look great!
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Yep, nothing like those Paradigms...

This is one of my systems, I have several others that are just as sweet. One with a Panasonic 3chip/panel LCD (LiFi)rear projection, another with a Panasonic plasma, and a 3rd with a Toshiba LCD.
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Yep, nothing like those Paradigms...

This is one of my systems, I have several others that are just as sweet. One with a Panasonic 3chip/panel LCD (LiFi)rear projection, another with a Panasonic plasma, and a 3rd with a Toshiba LCD.
How do you like those Paradigns and what models are they? The S8 mains?
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How do you like those Paradigns and what models are they? The S8 mains?
Yes they are the Signature S8 and man do I love those speakers. I have several other types of Paradigm as well and believe they can't be beat, the Monitor series especially considering the price..

On the other hand I do also love my Martin Logans and Magnepans. It's a toss up as they all sound and feel like heaven. My neighbor has some very large Def Techs that do sound sweet also.

If I move into a larger house or expand one of my viewing rooms I want to put my 4 Klipschorns back into a system.

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Yes they are the Signature S8 and man do I love those speakers. I have several other types of Paradigm as well and believe they can't be beat, the Monitor series especially considering the price..

On the other hand I do also love my Martin Logans and Magnepans. It's a toss up as they all sound and feel like heaven. My neighbor has some very large Def Techs that do sound sweet also.

If I move into a larger house or expand one of my viewing rooms I want to put my 4 Klipschorns back into a system.
Very nice speakers. I am contemplating a swapout of my Klipsh's. The towers are a bit too tall and interfere with my screen. I have my screen about as high up as I can get it. The Klipsch RP-5s that I have are 43" tall.. I really need speakers about 36" tall
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Very nice speakers. I am contemplating a swapout of my Klipsh's. The towers are a bit too tall and interfere with my screen. I have my screen about as high up as I can get it. The Klipsch RP-5s that I have are 43" tall.. I really need speakers about 36" tall
There are so many excellent speakers available today, it's really hard to decide which ones one would want. Just spend some quality time auditioning and I hope you include Paradigms in your listening tests/experience. You might want to check out some Martin Logans as well. If you have a dealer in your area, give some of the REL subwoofers a listen...just for grins and let me know what you think.
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There are so many excellent speakers available today, it's really hard to decide which ones one would want. Just spend some quality time auditioning and I hope you include Paradigms in your listening tests/experience. You might want to check out some Martin Logans as well. If you have a dealer in your area, give some of the REL subwoofers a listen...just for grins and let me know what you think.
They have a Tweeter's near me that sell Martin Logans.. I have heard them.. sweet speakers!
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