Hi Rickydeg Thanks for the feedback I will try moving the a40 forwards tomorrow I am looking to find somthing to put under it to tilt it upwards I might get couple of those auralex speakerdudes
I would also recommend the same, which was going to be my first reply until I saw Rickydeg's response. If for any reason you can't pull the centre forward and flush with what it is sitting on, consider draping some material over the top of the furniture to cut down on high frequency reflections. That still won't be perfect, but better than nothing.
David @Frank Harvey Hi-Fi, Coventry
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Apologies for jumping on the thread but just a quick question regarding Audyssey setup......
Should i be moving my sofa out of the way when doing the auto setup and place the microphone on a stand exactly where I would be sitting or is it ok to put it just in front of my seat???
Philips 56PFL9954H, Sky HD, Pioneer SC-LX86, CA 751bd,
B&W Zeppelin air
You should not move or change ANYTHING in the room before doing the measurements, nothing that you would then place back into it afterwards anyways. Everything that is present in the room will have an effect on the result, and since you'll be using the sofa while enjoying your system it needs to be part of the measurements. So basically use a flexible tripod of some kind. Everything that you intend to have in your room while listening to your system should be left alone. The same goes for when you get a new piece of furniture or rearrange something in your room - you should re-do the calibration if so. I posted this video a couple days ago, but here it is again, for some tips:
Current A/V equipment:
NUFORCE AVP-18 (processor/DAC) | NUFORCE MCH-300SEC7 (multichannel amplifier) | MONITOR AUDIO APEX (5.2 speaker system) | SAMSUNG LE-52B755 (tv) | DENON DBT-3313UD (disc transport) | NAIM UNITISERVE (music server) | SUPRA (cabling) | LOGITECH HARMONY 900 (universal remote) | NORDOST PULSAR POINTS (isolation feet)
Hope all is well. Getting different results by how you place the mic always seem to happen with Audyssey. Some outside factors may affect the result also. You are not alone on this. I basically follow this video and mic placement recommendations, Very good advice in here. I keep the mic close to the main sweet spot every time I measure.
Thanks RickyDeg! Much appreciated!
Just a quick one, i watched Life of Pi on bluray over the weekend. Definetly one for Apex owners to show off their speaker systems. I'll be adding this to my reference collection. Sound was amazing!! Especially the storm scenes and when Pi lands on the island with the meerkats. Filled the entire whole room.
I also switched from Audyssey DSX to Dolby Pro Logic IIz for my heights. I think it sounds much better to be honest. I ramped up the pro logic height gain from the Denon from "standard" to "high" to make the height speakers sing more via pro logic IIz, and i have to say i prefer it to DSX now. The Audyssey DSX seems to overly space everything out and you lose clarity on the center speaker. Plus the bass sounds really played down. Still with DSX enabled the system still sounded awesome. But I fell upon the height gain setting by accident over the weekend and tried it for the first time and it definetly livened up the standard pro logic IIz setup. So the sound and entire system just got a step up in my opinion. Center speaker has much more focus and clarity than before and the overall sound seems sharper but with some warmth to it and the bass sounds even more AWESOME!!. Definetly worth experimenting with if anyone runs height speakers.
Monitor Audio Apex 7.2 (5.2 plus 2x height speakers), Denon AVR A-100 with Audyssey Multeq XT32, OPPO BDP-95 3D Bluray Player, Samsung 46" 3D LED 7 Series TV, PS3, Buffalo Wireless Network Bridge, LaCie Cinema Classic HD, Thompson Sky Box, Apple TV, Ellion Media Player, Logitech Harmony 1100 Universal Remote
Also to add the final touch to a movie experience for you hardcore home theater hobbyists http://www.amazon.co.uk/Butterkist-Cinema-Sweet-Popcorn-Pack/dp/B005AWBDEA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1367925837&sr=8-1&keywords=butterkist+sweet+popcorn
Tastes just like the popcorn they sell at Cinemas.
Hi, new to the forum. Been looking at the apex range but wondered if there is a replacement to these speakers anytime in the near future? I know they have been out since 2010. What is the usual life cycle of MA speakers?
I bought my Apex set up last year and was told replacements are two years away at least. The speakers are holding up well against the competition so who knows.
Speaking of which my speakers have been getting a rest due to a new baby in the house. I went to use them today and the sub won't power up, I have a red power light at the back but the blue led's don't light up. I've checked the cables and ran the set up again with no luck. Anyone have any ideas before I send it back for waranty?
I wouldn't be surprised to see a new updated range of the Apex released, maybe next year. Shops like Sevenoaks seem to have been getting rid of their display/demo Apex speakers recently, perhaps indicating a refresh is imminent.
Home Cinema: Pioneer Kuro KRP-500A, Sky+HD 2TB, Oppo BDP-95EU,
Pioneer SC-LX83, Monitor Audio Apex, B&W PV1D.
Headphones: B&W P7, Bose QC3.
Gaming: PS3 Slim 320GB.
Misc: Apple TV3, Arcam rCube, Kef Picoforte 3, Iphone 4S 64GB, iPad Air
Just waiting for my copy of Life of Pi to arrive - looking forward to hearing it on the Apex and a screen bigger than on a flight too!! Don't have the 7.2 you have but am pretty sure I'm going to enjoy it anyway with my 5.1
Been spending more time of late on the stereo side of things....must say thank you to you actually as you led me to Monitor Audio through this thread on the wonderful Apex, which then through visits to my dealer here in Singapore then led me to the GX300 speakers - which I also absolutely love!!!
May have to move in approx a year's time so could be greeted with all sorts of challenges if I have to put the two systems together in the same room. In the meantime I'll just enjoy them both separately.
Thanks again...and to all the regular contributors across the thread! Here's to the Apex!
AV: Oppo 83 Bluray, Yamaha RX V3067 AV, Monitor Audio Apex 5.1, Vortexbox Appliance 2TB, Boxee Box, Apple TV, Panasonic 46" Plasma.
HiFi: Squeezebox Touch, Audiolab M-Dac, Musical Fidelity A3.2cr Power Amplifier, Monitor Audio GX 300
Other: Cowon Z2, Fiio E17 DAC, Audio Engine A5 Speakers, Denon AH-D2000, Denon AH-D5000
Indeed, I've had a look but it impossible to buy a complete (sh/exdem) system from one shop and looking to try and compile it from different shops there's always one component that's a different finish!
Townsend Rock/Excalibur/Ortofon 2M Black, Arcam AVR500, Roksan Kandy cd, Monitor Audio Raduis 270HD10
Generally Monitor Audio ranges have a 5 year life cycle.
So, fellow Apex-owners, I have something sad to report about my home theater
One of my AW-12 subwoofers have suddenly ceased emitting sound
The other day bass frequencies seemed diminished in the middle of playing music (at sensible listening levels, as always). I checked my front corner subwoofer and all the LED's where shining as they should, cables were still correctly connected, my receiver was working without problem. The AW-12 is indeed receiving a signal because it switches itself on (from 'Auto'-mode) as signals are being transmitted from the receiver, BUT the cone of the subwoofer is not moving - no sound is being emitted. Dead silent. Very awkward, and very unexpected. So today I had to pack it up, ship it to my dealer for check-up. From a unit that's barely 2 years old this sucks. My corner is empty and my home theater is unhappy. Lucky my second AW-12 is still working (so far).
Sorry to hear this. I am sure that your dealer will move quickly to resolve the issue asap.
All the best
Rick @ Musicraft
Musicraft (Derby), Specialist Hi-Fi/AV & Multimedia Dealer
good accurate audio monitoring and good sound reproduction to all
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