Soundbar

Yamaha BD-S1065 Blu-ray Player, RX-V2065 Receiver, and Phase Technology Speaker System

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Phase Technology Teatro PC-3.0 Introduction and Setup

Specifications : Phase Technology Teatro PC-3.0, Phase Technology Teatro Surround II and Phase Technology Power FL-8

  • Phase Technology Teatro PC-3.0
  • Design: Sound Bar, Ported
  • Drivers: Three 1" Fabric Dome Tweeters, Three 1.5" Fabric Dome Midrange, Three 5.25 Fiberglass Woofers
  • MFR: 52 Hz - 22 kHz ± 3 dB
  • Sensitivity: 89 dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 4 Ohms
  • Dimensions: 7" H x 40" W x 4.5" D
  • Weight: 25 Pounds
  • Finish: Gloss Black
  • Phase Technology Teatro Surround II
  • Design: Wall-Mount, Sealed Enclosure
  • Drivers: Two 1" Fabric Dome Tweeters, Two 5.25" Mid/Bass
  • Sensitivity: 90 dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Maximum Amplifier Power: 120 Watts
  • Dimensions: 9.25" H x 11" W x 5" D
  • Weight: 8 Pounds/each
  • Finish: Matte White or Matte Black
  • Phase Technology Power FL-8
  • Design: Subwoofer, Sealed Enclosure
  • Driver: 8" Polypropylene, Mineral Filled
  • Amplifier: 250 Watts RMS
  • MFR: 32 Hz - 150 Hz
  • Gain control Phase Switch
  • Variable Crossover
  • Line/Level and LFE inputs
  • Dimensions: 14.6" H x 11.1" W x 16.75" D
  • Weight: 35 Pounds
  • Finish Black Rosewood Laminate
  • Phase Technology

 

Setup was relatively straightforward. I should say that my room is not optimized for a soundbar as my display wall has built-in bookshelves on it and doorways to either side that prohibit reflected sound from bouncing back to the user. The soundbar comes with wall mounting brackets which I did not use as it didn't fit my setup. Hooking up the L/C/R amplifier channels to the soundbar and setting it in front of my display was all it took. The soundbar does angle up slightly so preferably mount it below ear level. The surrounds use keyhole mounting slots and are also very straightforward, just a red and black speaker cable to each and you're done. I used banana-type connectors for the soundbar but straight wire connectors as there wasn't enough room between the flush mount speaker and the connectors on the back of the surrounds. The sub was a simple LFE from the receiver "sub out" to the "LFE" input and plug it into the wall. I used my standard position of in the front corner but out from the wall as this is the only place in my living room to accommodate a sub with 1 yr old curious fingers.

Yamaha and Phase Technology System

Phase Technology Speakers In Use

Please also refer to the "receiver section" as the sound of the receiver and soundbar are very closely related. In all I was very happy with the performance of this soundbar. Having said that, this soundbar's only drawback was dialogue intelligibility at low levels. I highly recommend using the receiver setup menu to boost the center channel level to +3dB and increasing the frequency level around 250Hz and this will help quite a bit. I should mention that movie soundtracks and music were completely unaffected by the problem, only movie and TV dialogue. Again, not a deal breaker with this workaround in place. After speaking with Phase Tech regarding this issue I was informed that my setup was not ideal. This soundbar is designed to be mounted on a flat wall underneath a flat panel and uses the wall and uses the wall for boundary reinforcement (boosting the lower registers) and any deviation from this can decrease the sound quality as I found out during testing.

Yamaha and Phase Technology System

The FL-8 subwoofer is the little sub that could. It measures ~14 inches cubed, has all the options of much more expensive subs. This is a sealed device which gives tight accurate bass that is never boomy and doesn't hang around too long, in fact, the volume at around 32 Hz will rattle your China cabinet. If my test tone disc is any indication, in my room this sub plays down to the around 28 Hz with good volume. So much for the notion that sealed boxes can't hit the low notes. Again, my large room usually pushes speakers to their limit but this sub, like the soundbar and surrounds, played everything I threw at it from intense action movie explosions to bass lines from Beastie Boys songs exactly as it was intended to and didn't seem to mind when I called on it for the really big sound. As its not an overly powerful sub I expect that the driver is a very high efficiency design and that the box is tuned to the driver. I should also mention that this sub mated very well with the soundbar, as it should. The receiver handled all the bass management but there was very little frequency level drop though out the spectrum (except where noted in the human male voice, but this wasn't a problem with the sub match the soundbar as much as the soundbar being able to cover its own bases) when I set the crossover point to 80 Hz, everything meshed very well with very slight localization of the sub in the room, due to the higher crossover point demanded by the soundbar's limited low end response.