Polk 1.2tl-Mcintosh amp hook up question

motorstereomotorstereo Posts: 1,258
I have a pair of 1.2tl's with the dreadaught and I drive them with a pair of Mcintosh mc1201's monoblocks. I use a pair MIT shotgun bi-wires and I'm super happy with the sound. Problem is I've recently read that I'm able to get 3 db more bass output by using the 8 ohm tap for the lows and 4 ohm tap for the tweets. I decided today would be the day I'd give this a shot. I'm presently using the 4ohm tap fullrange. I checked the 1.2's inputs with a meter and I get 3.9 ohms with the interconnect cable disconnected for the woofers and neither side registers anything on the meter with the tweeters which are rdo1098's. My questions before I go any further will I ruin anything by doing this form of bi-wiring and will I gain that 3db if it's safe to wire the 1.2s like that?
edit; Also is that normal for the 1098's to read zero resistance?

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  • motorstereomotorstereo Posts: 1,258
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    tratliff wrote: »
    @motorstereo why not give it a try? You won’t know how it performs until you try.

    I have read and responded to the thread on the other sight. I could positively tell a difference. At this point I cannot tell if it is for the best but for sure gives options.
    That's great that you were able to hear a difference. I'm probably going to give it shot on my khorns first where an additional 3db of bass output would be worthwhile. As was mentioned and I agree there's not a need for an additional 3db of bass on the polks but who knows maybe just maybe this method just might sound better. The tweeter circuit not showing anything on the ohm meter had me concerned and I don't want to wreck something for an experiment so I thought I'd ask here first.

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  • ZLTFULZLTFUL Posts: 5,023
    Not to mention, 3db is *barely* audible to the human ear.
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  • motorstereomotorstereo Posts: 1,258
    You don't need 3db more from the from the Polks when paired to the big Mac's...

    No I do not "need" it but if it's there I don't want to overlook it.
    ZLTFUL wrote: »
    Not to mention, 3db is *barely* audible to the human ear.

    My pre's volume control (Mcintosh c100) has the volume stepped in 1/2 decibel increments. 1/2 decibel is barely audible; 3db is quite audible to me.

  • verbverb Posts: 6,811
    Hey Motor - Just found this thread! Are you still running this way? :smile:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Cary SLP-05 Pre, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
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  • motorstereomotorstereo Posts: 1,258
    verb wrote: »
    Hey Motor - Just found this thread! Are you still running this way? :smile:

    I never did give it a try. Maybe someday.
  • tratlifftratliff Posts: 774
    Verb. I tried it with my mc601s about a year ago.

    I have bi-amp cables and connected the low set to the 4 ohm taps and the highs to the 8 ohm taps. I could tell the difference. But after listening for about 10 hours decided to go back to the 8 ohm taps for both. It was nice on some tracks but gave a bit of bloat on others.

    Since trying that I have added two subs to the mix. They have given me the lower frequencies I was looking for without pushing my speakers. The ease of the system drastically changed when I added the subs.

    I say give both configurations a try.
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  • motorstereomotorstereo Posts: 1,258
    I gave it some thought on trying the dual tap method but a couple issues kept me from ever giving it a try. The garden hose thick MH750 MIT shotguns (thanks f1nut) I use are bi-wires and were a very substantial upgrade in the bass over the Canares I was using. I do not have anything comparable to those MIT's in a single wire run so it would not be a fair comparison. FWIW I still use the 4ohm taps on the 1201's.

    Sometimes it's best to leave things alone and I feel this is one of those times.
  • verbverb Posts: 6,811
    Interesting comments - thanks! Yeah motor to dual tap I would need another set of MIT shotguns!

    Trat for sure - subs look like the way to go. Lots more options, and flexibility.

    Love this hobby! :smile:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Cary SLP-05 Pre, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, EAR Acute CD Player, EAR 834L Pre, PASS ACA Monoblocks, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: , Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks, Tisbury Mini Passive Pre, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
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