Bring HiFi to a 40' Sardine Can:)!
We travel several months of the year in our 40' RV. My wife and I are more into HiFi (Got Tubes?) sound, then into say 5.1. Our RV came with a Bose 3.2.1 that required me turning it off, after about 30 mins of listening, due to ear fatigue. (The Bose 3.2.1 is an "All in One" mix of DVD/CD/FM, Amp, and came with two satellite speakers and a powered sub.) We were upgrading the TV from tube to 4K 40" Samsung, and decided to also update the rest at the same time. >Marantz NR1501 AVR (Bought primarily due to the combo of good reviews on HiFi sound quality, and size of the unit. >Oppo BDP103 Darby (Used for Bluray/DVD/CD playback, as well as streaming of say Pandora, and also input of our loss less ripped CD and Higher Definition downloaded music. The DAC does a pretty dang good job:)!) Our RV had a deep space between the ceiling and the rooftop. So this allowed us to fit the EMR's 8" into the ceiling. As the specs show, they angle already. But due to the low space between the ceiling and the sitting area, we needed to angle them a bit more. So we took two concrete Soni Tubes, and cut them at a about a 15 degree angle, this with the tilt already built into the speaker, projected the sound to where we needed it. I mentioned in my Review Title, that this is a rolling 40' long, and 88" wide (Exterior dimension.) listening 'can'. We have about 4 1/2 feet of L/R separation. For sure not ideal:)! After installation of all the gear, we let things burn in for about 300 hours. Then sat down to listen to run the Marantz Room Correction logic, establishing two sound zones. 1) To optimize where we sit off to the side a bit, on the passenger side slide of the coach. 2) For when we're entertaining, and or cooking, centering the sound stage to about mid coach. I wanted to wait to see how the 8" handled base, before deciding if I was going to try and figure away of installing a smaller sub woofer somewhere in the coach. (Would not use the same place the Bose had been installed. As it was in the kitchen cabinet that held the sink. Muted, muffled rumbling sound, was what this install produced.) We took a 6 month trip, as I continued to dial in and adjust settings via the Marantz NR1501. On a scale of 1 - 10, the Bose 3.2.1 was, if I'm being generous, a 3.5. I'd give the overall combo of our new gear, and specifically the EMR's 8" speakers, a solid 8. Very pleased with the improvement. Very pleased with out ability to have good sounds and low levels, and to 'crank it up some' (Rated 50W, but we all know that 50W rating by one company, is the same as 10W rating by another. The NR1501 is able to easily produce two channel sound, at non distorted higher levels of volume. The 8" driver does an 'adequate' job for the base. Sure, I'd like a bit more on maybe less then 3-5% of our music - but feel it does an honest job of base and mid level support. The ribbon like tweeter, does a super job on piano/strings/vocals. I can see why for those that have limitations (Us being space, in an RV. Others getting the WAF approval:)!) of speaker presence, would be very happy to add the EMR 8" into their mix. I could easily see three of these in the front, and two in the rear, with a sub's support - getting very good results in a Home Entertainment 5.1 install. I did go demo a few Meridian, Polk, B&W and even Boston ceiling speakers. I felt that for the price, these provided the best mix of sound quality, for price expenditure. I believe they provide good value, and more important - good sound.