Everyone seems to have advice on how to make your sound just so. Because of this today I present you with a simple way to improve your music. In the past I have provided over the top options for both audio and home theatre. Instead today it’s back to the basics.
A simple way to improve your music
Today while I was listening to some music I remembered something I did about 13 or 14 years ago and it really helped. Best of all the only expense was the cost of the speakers and some speaker wire. Since I already had both just lying around I was out no additional money to try this out with. When I implemented this it was to for both movies and music to make them both sound clearer.
Back then I was still using my beloved BIC RTR-1230’s. This was my first pair of 12’s and I bought them new. Luckily for me I worked for a wholesaler distributor at the time and as an employee I got them at the same cost as our business customers did. I was powering them with my Yamaha RV-1105 (5.1 channel receiver). This receiver was all about the bass (bass and treble knobs each individually adjustable plus or minus 12 DB’s, and a loudness switch for an additional 6 db’s of bass). Think about that a moment – 18 db’s of bass and a high current 85 watts per channel at 8 ohms amp built into it. Obviously this system had plenty of power and my speakers were meant for it with each cabinet containing a 12″ woofer, 4″ mid, 2.5″ tweeter, MDF cabinets and a bass port.
Here lies the issue I ran into….
I wanted better clarity when listening to dialog in movies. Cutting the bass and boosting the treble and volume only did so much. The solution was to run a second pair of main speakers at the same time. Luckily no switch box was needed since my receiver had an a/b switch built into it. My second pair of speakers sat directly on top of the BIC’s. Elevating them much higher than the big speakers did not create the seamless source of direction for the sound that I wanted. The second pair was also a pair of BIC’s but much smaller (4″ two way wall mountable speakers). They were not bassey, but were clear enough when paired with the big BIC’s to help in hearing what was being drowned out with bass.
After 13 years of experiencing the receiver slowly lose more and more functionality I finally threw it away. Just before tossing it all it could do was music in mono. I should’ve kept it and had it serviced. I had paid $400 for it about 20 years ago which was alot of money at the time (but also a great deal because it was normally $800 and was simply missing the remote). I wish I still had the BIC’s too (the big pair not the small ones). Oh well, it’s not like I am lacking a pair of 12’s to use. Currently I test out via a speaker switch a pair of Pioneer’s, Fisher’s, my custom dual 12’s and my single MTX dual 12″ speaker. Not in use at the moment are a pair of Onkyo 12’s and another pair of Pioneer 12’s. I have no need for some of these speakers but just enjoy knowing that I have them just in case I want to try something different perhaps in another room.
The same thing I did for movies could be done for music too! Just hookup a second pair (smaller pair) of speakers to the front and either sit them on top of a pair of 12’s or wall mount them. When wall mounting expect to do lots of sound test to find the optimal spot or perhaps go back to having them sit on top of the bigger pair of speakers. Be mindful of the volume since the little pair will get an equal amount of power to what the bigger pair gets. So there you have it a simple way to improve your music.