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Old 4th November 2002, 02:37 PM   #1
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I am interested in building my own 5 or 6 speaker hometheater set up.

I have come across the Ariels and ME2s.

I was thinking of using the Ariels has fronts and the ME2s as center and surround channels.

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1) Has anyone used the Ariels and/or ME2 for hometheater?

2) If I use 5 speakers instead of 6, has anyone ever built dipole/bipole speakers to compliment the Ariels?

3) Is solid state amplification (Denon) ok for these speakers, or should I look to a different speaker design?

4) And opinions or experiences a long the lines of hometheater speakers is welcome.

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Old 4th November 2002, 06:48 PM   #2
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2) If I use 5 speakers instead of 6, has anyone ever built dipole/bipole speakers to compliment the Ariels?
I am a big fan of bipoles, but the Ariels seem to generate love em/hate em reviews. I know the Vifa P13 used in them is outstanding, Here is a project that uses them in a bi-pole

The drivers aren't shielded which might be an issue with the centre channel (if you use a CC -- i prefer a virtual one)

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3) Is solid state amplification (Denon) ok for these speakers, or should I look to a different speaker design?
The designer, Lynn Olsen, would say no.

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Old 4th November 2002, 07:02 PM   #3
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I see you have t-linespeakers.org listed as your website, this is the main reason I became interested in the Ariels.

Do you have a better suggestions for t-line mains with center and surrounds for HT use with a solid state receiver?

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Do you have a better suggestions for t-line mains with center and surrounds for HT use with a solid state receiver?
I have to get back to work, but i will follow up your question. Keep in mind that better is a very slippery word -- i do have my opinions thou. Will need to know a bit more about your goals and associated kit.

I was also going to ask where in the Great White North?

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Old 4th November 2002, 07:28 PM   #5
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Planet10,

Here is my current situation. I have a Denon 1803 receiver (just purchased actually) and I have JBL 4800s for fronts, Boston Acoustics HD5s for surrounds, and a Boston Acoustics center channel (can't remember model).

I am interested in upgrading my speaker set and decided to look into building my own. I have 'ok' woodworking skills but have access to good equipment with expert help. I have some electronics skills with a degree in Laser and Electro Optics.

By 'better' I suppose I mean something with a flat frequency response, decent sensitivity, ease of use, inexpensive, and will work well with my receiver. I am looking to build the mains first to see if I enjoy the venture and possibly move on to the rest of the system.

BTW, I live in northern Wisconsin, so I'm not as far north as say you or Doug or Bob McKenzie.

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