Originally Posted by bismarck
Ugh. I wrote up a long reply and lost it. :|
In short - great looking system. I like the subs in the corners. Now you need source material worthy of the speakers. I really like this Ray Charles CD: https://www.amazon.com/Ray-Charles-G.../dp/B000BPFBVW
Audyssey gets polarity wrong all the time. You can figure out the truth by listening to two-channel music and swapping the wires a few times. Out of phase speakers sound diffuse (poor imaging), with less bass, and generally just kind of "weird." Sit in the sweet spot, listen to music, swap the wires a few times, and you'll figure it out.
Welcome to the RBH group!
UGH, I hate when that happens.
If you use Chrome as your browser, may I recommend a plugin named Lazarus Form Recovery
? It has saved my butt in similar situations many times, allowing me to rescue posts I thought I had lost. (It may be available for other browsers as well)
Thank you for the reassurance regarding the polarity. It helps put my mind at ease!
In order to get Audyssey to stop complaining about the polarity, I intentionally hooked up the speakers with reversed polarity. Was this the wrong thing to do? Should I keep the wires hooked up correctly and just ignore the polarity warning message instead?
Since I took that picture I no longer have the center 441-se standing on yoga blocks. Not only was that ugly, but I also needed the space.
Now the center is standing on top of an Emotiva UPA-2 2 channel amp I'm planning on using to better power the sx6300's. (Apparently Denon receivers have pretty poor THD's at 4ohm, and I also don't want to risk clipping)
I got some half inch thick rubber feet to put between the amp and the center speaker, both to isolate it and to provide enough space so that the amp can vent the heat it will put out once I start using it.
Now I just need a receiver with pre-amp outs. (Wish I knew I'd want this before I bought my current receiver.)
I am currently looking at the Denon AVR-x3300w, as it both has Multeq XT-32 which will allow Audyssey to measure both the subwoofers separately, but it costs a pretty penny. The x3200w also has pre-amp outs, but it lacks the XT-32 dual subwoofer measurements. (It has two subwoofer outs, but they are electrically identical).
The Emotiva MC700 looks very attractive, but it lacks Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, and I'd need to pick up another amp for my remaining three channels (center and rears) so I'm leaning against it.
Are there any other models I should be looking at? I'm leaning towards another Denon, because I finally got everyone in the house used to the Denon idiosyncrasies, and how to use Zone 2, and it would be better to just keep the user interface mostly the same. (though I do see that it uses a different remote)
Anyway, thanks again,