I had damn near the same questions. Visit hear and read the thread in its entirety to get your answers:Andy (or anyone who knows the answer), I have a couple of quick questions for you.
1) Currently, I plan on installing a set of polk's SR6500 in my car in just a few weeks. However, I have read before that the speaker does not make the system good, rather the tuning. So, with such a good processor/automatic tuner, would such great speakers lose their advantage over middle-of-the-range speakers? If they would lose their advantage, how "good" of a speaker would be required for optimal sound quality?
2) With this new processor, I hear a lot of talk about a center channel. Is there any advantage to a center channel besides giving the other passengers an accurate sound stage?
3) What type of speaker should the center channel be, a full range speaker, a tweeter, or a component set?
4) Assuming the answer to question #1 is better speakers are still advantageous, does the same apply to the center channel? In other words, does the center channel need to be an equivalent speaker to the L and R speakers, or can it be treated like rear fill in the sense that just an decent speaker is required?
Thanks so much. I look forward to owning a MS-8 in the near future!
Actually the rear sides and rears only need to play down to 150Hz to create the affect, Andy actually recommends it like this way instead of playing lower even if you are able to.1. Average speaker in a great spot will probably do better than a great speaker in a poor spot. After that, poor tuning can cause issues as well (imagine well prepared Filet Mignon.... with ketchup on top... or no seasoning at all). Good ingredients, plus good location plus good preparation.
2 + 3. Depends, the above still applies. Spectrally you probably want to run similar speakers to the ones you already have in the left and right location, if not the same (sometimes compromises are made or changes made because of how the speaker will be located... but if you notice, lots of systems for home theater have 3 fronts or all 5 speakers (in a 5.1 system) the same. That might create a problem in most cars (since people usually go with as big as will fit in the doors/kickpanels/dash for left and right) and finding "extra" space in the dash might be a problem.
Guess Andy is getting sick of waiting too? Either that, or he knows that even though the MS-8 will be a powerful processor, it is fixed function. There still might be more...LOL. Well I'm in wedding planning neck deep at home. At work I can relax and think about other things...
I thought that was a good question no? He didn't answer me but I still want to know.
This is excellent excellent news. Also I'm thinking it just might fit where the OEM amp is located in the center console too. Again, I won't ask "when"... I know your engineers are hard at it forever with this thing. I will let the guys over at 8thcivic know though. Mercman's harness makes getting RCA connections out of the stock head unit a snap... straight into the MS-8, then out to sub amp or full assortment of amps.All inputs of MS-8 are balanced-differential--line level and speaker level.
Once we get this thing done, I'll see if I can get some tech support from engineering for "modders". The Aux input is attenuated and sent directly to an A/D. Seems like a no-brainer to bypass that. I'll check once these guys are finished pulling their hair out.This is excellent excellent news. Also I'm thinking it just might fit where the OEM amp is located in the center console too. Again, I won't ask "when"... I know your engineers are hard at it forever with this thing. I will let the guys over at 8thcivic know though. Mercman's harness makes getting RCA connections out of the stock head unit a snap... straight into the MS-8, then out to sub amp or full assortment of amps.
Good luck and fear not.. There is still a market for the MS-8 waiting patiently.
If only it had a digi-aux input for a USB hard drive running lossless direct to processor (hint hint).... yeeeehaw!