Originally Posted by James McCarty
Yamaha 5890 receiver,tsi500 front floor speakers and bic pl200 sub. Question: run both for bass or subwoofer only?
So, you DON'T have a 2-channel receiver. Can we assume you are simply using a AVR for 2-channel playback, or do you use Surround Sound, and at this point are only interested in the 2-channel aspect.
These small details matter, but better we understand the system, but better we understand the problem.
I would say there is no right answer, only personal preferences.
I would say for music, you want to leave the front as Small
, and let the Sub handle the low-bass while the Front handle everything else. That is going to give you the most seamless blend of the two, but also allow you to balance the speakers to suit your personal taste.
The idea is that by removing deep bass from the Front speaker, you make its life easier. They can handle more power, and deal with less complex signal. Typically, removing the low bass will clean up the Front speakers and give you more detail and clarity.
Few set up their systems for music or for movies with the Front speaker set to Large
, which means the Front and Sub run in parallel. But the option is there if you prefer it.
Again, there is no danger in any of those settings, so it is simply a matter of picking the one you like.
"...option to run bass out Front, Both or Subwoofer."
Those seem like unconventional settings.
If you run bass out the Front, does that mean Front Only?
If you run the bass out the Sub, does that simply invoke the Crossover setting, and the Front take everything above the Crossover, and the Sub takes everything below?
Can we assume that Both
means Front and Sub running in parallel at the lower frequencies?
These settings seem like they would be the equivalent of None, meaning No Sub, Both would equal LARGE, and the Sub setting would equal SMALL.
I'll leave it to others with more experience to clear that up.