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Old 02-19-2005, 07:53 PM   #1  
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Need some help "tweaking" my system and any input would be greatly appreciated since I'm just getting my feet wet in this hi-fi/hi-def setup (newb...lol)

Receiver: Sony STR-DE945
Front speakers: Sony tower HS600
Center channel: Sony CH305
Surround: bose accoustimass 5 III series.
Subwoofer: Polk PWS303

Main issue is how to set x-over frequency with sub. I have a sub-out on receiver that connects to LFE on subwoofer. My only speaker options are:
1) Large: all speaker frequency's default to 120 and can't be changed
2) Small: can adjust frequency defaut from 60-180

Polk says to set range at 80 for sub, though I am unable to do this with my receiver due to 30 step increments (60-180)

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-19-2005, 08:06 PM   #2  
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I'd use 90 Hz - maybe 60 Hz if your towers have pretty good bass. On home theater material the subs are for very deep bass effects. Your towers should be good for most music material with the sub as reinforcement.
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Old 02-20-2005, 01:57 PM   #3  
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I have found that the tower speakers really spread out the sound stage. My center channel does most of the work. A good sub reaches the gut wrenching low's I seek in the latest action movie releases. Right now I have my towers set to small, surrounds small. This seems to let the sub release all this pent up energy it has to give. In the past I have set the fronts to large, but to my tin ear, it makes the fronts work a little harder, and makes the sound stage a little narrower. You do not want your sub to sound boomy. When you have it set right, you will know. A good sub and LFE content done well will bring a grin from ear to ear. I may not have my speakes set to the right "size", but it does not sound like those boomy cars with all the distorted bass. I recommend critical listening, but in the end, the settings that make you smile is where they should be set.
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