Originally Posted by TRIPTON80
So I did some tinkering. I set my F208s and C206 to 80hz and put the Ultra 120hz as close to what SVS suggested or least close. Given the size of the room and a recent convo w/ Doug from SVS, I turned the sub's volume from -7 to -3. I popped in Need For Speed to test it out. I got the response I was looking for, my wife said "holy cow turn it down". That's all I wanted to here! I went from what did I buy to you gotta check this out. I do still wanna throw a crawl in there as there is a lot of ground to cover. I also wanted to ask, being my room is so open, could that cause my center channel or even the towers to sound a bit tinney? I know the Revels are very transparent but I figure I'd ask. Also is there a way to test the health of the speakers every so often with some program? Like I'd previously mentioned, I felt like the midrange on the F208s weren't as flexy as I've seen on other speakers previously.
Ah the random questions of a newbie. Thanx to all
Big thumbs up! Anytime you have any questions on the SVS products, defer to the SVS techs. They are fantastic. Again, it's a great sub as you're now seeing.
I'm very interested to know if you have the Emotiva EQ turned on or not. It really changes the variables based on what you're writing above. If all you did was place the speakers without doing any measurements, then it's not necessarily your "open" room. Mine is like yours and I have far more space behind my seating position. Rather, I think you have the center channel's tweeter pointed far above your listening level. The tweeter should be pointing directly at your ears. That's why Revel has a stand at a slight angled tilt assuming that it will be put on the floor. If the newer Performa3s have the leveling pin that the older Performa2's had then adjust the tilt so that the speaker's tweeter points directly to your ears at the seating position.
For the mains, as a really, really general rule, try putting the speakers at the 1/3 or 1/5 points of the wall. These "rules" of course are really geared towards rectangular rooms with central placement of the speakers. You can try using some of the online speaker calculators to help you with some initial tweaking such as http://noaudiophile.com/speakercalc/
Because the physical geometry and decor of every room is different you ultimately need to learn how to "play the room". If you want to get into the real "nitty gritty" of playing the room, one of the best but tedious methods is outlined by Jim Smith in his book, Get Better Sound
. He does provide a good methodology—starting with getting the bass right from your L + R speakers–to get the best sound from your speakers. Be prepared to spend some dedicated time to the methodology if you really want to get the sound better. His methodology starts with the listening position and bass first and then goes from there. If you've explored other of the more conventional methodologies available online then I do recommend the book. His methodology is really good at helping get the most from your speaker placement in unconventional setups.