So I'm new to this site and spent some time checking out the forums and I'm looking for a little help on dialing in my recent Paradigm speaker purchase.
I recently got a great deal on some slightly used Paradigm Studio speakers from a local A/V dealer. The previous owner bought them from the dealer, but shortly after decided on a different set. Here's what I got:
Fronts: Paradigm Studio 60 v5
Center: Paradigm Studio CC-490 v5
Rears: Paradigm Studio ADP 390
Sub: Paradigm DSP-3200
Current A/V Receiver: Denon AVR-1912.
I just finished setting up my system and when I hooked up the front speakers, I decided to Bi-Amp them using the surround back/amp assign on my receiver (and setting it to Bi-amp during Audyssey setup). According to Denon specs, each channel (7 total) features equal 90w power amps, with all channels rated at .08% THD. what are your opinions on this? I figured that it couldn't hurt and might get a slightly better sound quality.
According to the Paradigm reps, they say you should ideally have 200 Watts per channel to get optimum results however, my dad currently owns Paradigm signature S6 v2 speakers and he's powering them with a Denon 3808CI which has 130 W per channel (7 channels at .05% THD and they sound amazing! The difference between power of his receiver and mine is only 40W, would this make a huge difference? Am I under powering my speakers?
Next question: I used Audyssey setup and per their recommendations, I set my fronts to small but I'm wondering if I should modify the crossover settings that the system measured my speakers at: Front: 40HZ, Center: 40HZ, Rears: 90HZ. i guess people recommend setting crossovers for the speakers at 80HZ but what would the point be of using a program to help setup and adjust my speakers if I'm then told to go in and change the crossovers to 80 HZ? Any suggestions?
2 ch/direct setup: In Audyssey I can also manage settings for 2 ch/direct audio. Does anyone have recommendations to what I should use? In this case, would I want to set my speakers to large and select the subwoofer to yes (maybe even use LFE + Main). I'd like to get as much out of these speakers since they seem like they are pretty capable. Kinda seems like a shame to only use them for mid & high freq and have my sub handle the rest. I'd be paying for speakers that I'm only using 50% of. Any suggestion on crossover settings for 2CH as well?
I'd like to finish up by saying that my current setup kicked ass during movies but for music they seemed a bit more bright than they did in the store. In the store they used a 2ch setup without a sub and powered them by Marantz with I think 80/85 watts.
Just looking for input
I apologize that this was a long post. Just looking for advice from more experienced people.