Yesterday was the big day! Everything had been delivered and I got to work on the setup.
I decided on using 12 AWG cable and banana plugs from Monoprice, so I spent most of the morning assembling those. Love the convenience of the banana plugs. Next, I assembled the stands, they are the Pangea 28" steel stands purchased from Amazon. I had to remove the banana plugs from one end on each of the cables for the mains to feed the line through the legs (valuable lesson learned - scope the cable runs first before assembling). All in all, I'm really happy with the build quality of the Pangea stands. For $115 they offer decent weight and the carpet spikes keep wobbles under control.
I got the S720 hooked up and within minutes I was in business. I ran Audyssey on the just the mains first, then played around with the available Internet radio options and found a station to test general sound quality. The Elac B6s really have a nice full sound and I was immediately impressed by the depth at higher volume. For now, the mains are positioned about 8' apart and the main listening position is about 8-9' away from the TV.
Setting up the inputs was a snap. I decided to use the KS8000 ARC port and ran the PS4, XBox One S, AppleTV and Steam Link all to the AVR. With the exception of the XB1S (which displays at 4K and wouldn't display the AVR GUI overlay), navigating through the setup was easily done in a few minutes. I had to hit enter on the remote when the XB signal came through and changethe the Denon to another input before the GUI reappeared.
I then added in the center and the sub, reran Audyssey and did some more testing. Finally, I added the two rear ceiling mounted Yamaha speakers in to make 5.1 happen. Reran Audyssey and then started more testing.
The Speedwoofer sounds deep and punchy, but I noticed it would switch off if it didn't get a signal for a while. I'm still trying to figure out what I'm doing that's causing it. I think at least once I had been sitting on the pause screen with the AVR fully muted. It may also have to do with the sound settings I was trying out with the Steam Link. I believe it only passes 6-channel PCM and I was fiddling with the sound modes at the time. I'm going to try a bass crawl today to see if I need to adjust the position of the sub.
The Yamaha "rears" are decent and I noticed that they needed about a +1.5db adjustment on the Steam Link during gaming. They are almost 8' behind the couch and face down from the ceiling, so I'm not surprised. They're not an ideal rear surround but they'll have to do for now until I get more dough to throw at another set of bookshelves.
I did watch a few trailers via the AppleTV and was blown away by the sound stage when using 5.1 with this new setup. I've attached a picture of the current layout. I've got some cable management to do and some more testing, but all in all, super happy with my choices. Thanks again for helping me pick out the gear!
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