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Old 05-10-2014, 02:16 PM   #31
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I thought about speakers with trim rings also, but could not find speakers with them included. I suppose I could have made my own out of PVC pipe, but I was able to find the Clarions that fit without modifications. They actually don't sound bad, I'm just very critical.

My receiver is a Sony STR-DE598 6.1 surround, which is probably close 10 yrs old now. I never had anything connected to speaker B and never cranked it to the point that the whole campground could hear, although my wife would frequently tell me to turn it down.

What model are you getting? Mine is a 378, so any mods that I did would be relevant to that floorplan.


P.S. I still have a 35 yr old NAD amplifier that will easily drive a 2 ohm load. Massive cooling fins on the output transistors!
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Rod...I've just cut and stained lumber with a jig saw when I needed interior trim rings. Used teak on boats for the same. Give's a nice look when complete.
Anyway...your lack of use of the B speaker terminal explains the success with 4 ohms.
I was kinda thinking A for "living room" fronts...surround for living room home theater surround and "B" for bedroom when I posted earlier. This would present a real problem for your Sony or most reasonably priced receivers.
I'm getting the 280DS and thinking that I'll use what they give me for video sound and get something entirely different for audio.
I'm sure they used pretty much the same setup for all the non XL coaches but obviously...fit & placement would be different.
What do you think of this for a coach STRICTLY for stereo audio acknowledging that imaging will suck no matter what I do but at least getting quality sound....
Samsung DA-E750 Powered speaker system with iPhone┬«/AndroidÖ dock, Bluetooth┬« and AirPlay┬« wireless streaming at Crutchfield.com
Marked down to $599 elsewhere...I am lusting for it.

NAD... I remember when they first came out with transistor audiophile sound for a reasonable price...the 3020 was a classic...and they're still doing it!
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Old 05-11-2014, 09:18 AM   #33
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I think wood trim rings stained the same color as the cabinetry would look quite nice.

You may not be happy with FR's audio or video offerings. What you will get, if it's the same as the class c's (and it probably is), is an automotive style head unit (Magnadyne or Jensen) with a composite video output only. What FR calls surround sound is 4 or 6 speaker stereo. It's not Dolby 5.1. Fortunately with the TV location in your floorplan, upgrades will be fairly easy.

I'm not sure what to think of the Sansung unit. Vacuum tubes?! It all comes down to how it sounds.
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Actually sounds quite nice and accurate ...I think the tube is a night light!
The fit and finish is gorgeous.
Anyway...yeah...I'm expecting something like the Jensen which will displease me greatly but I really don't care about home theater or video on DVD/Blueray so no big whoop as long as I can listen to my music and my good headset will suffice if it comes to that...but I'll plan on adding something self contained.
In the meantime I'll probably just do a small upgrade on the front ceiling speakers to some decent auto speakers so the sound from the sat&cable&radio is intelligible!
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