Originally Posted by DonnyKerabatsos
Also, I currently run my pro sub 1000 with speaker wire, rather than the LFE, sort of(?) making the PM1000s/PS1000 function as a pair of floor standers. Is it silly to leave it like this and use whatever additional subwoofer I get as a true sub hooked up to the LFE? Or am I better off unloading the Prosub for whatever I can get for it and using a traditional 5.1 set up with the new sub?
If it matters, my room is 14' x 22' with approx. 9' ceilings, hardwood floors, and is open to a hallway, a dining room, and a stairwell. Tight, articulate bass in stereo music listening is more important to me than earth shaking bass when watching blu-rays. Cabinet size and WAF comes into play here, hence I can only get a very small (PB1000) ported sub or a sealed sub.
With your current set-up, do a sub crawl to determine the best place for your sub. If you haven't, grab an SPL meter (its inexpensive from your local Radio Shack store) and do a sub crawl as per this video: http://www.audioholics.com/home-thea...ofer-placement
The purpose of the sub crawl is to identify the best (or more than one) location where there is the least peak to peak variation in bass at your Main Listening Position (MLP).
Not sure what model of AVR you have, but does it have room correction like Audyssey XT32 with sub EQ HT? The reason I ask is that after speakers, room correction is the next in line that impacts sound reproduction.
You would then run the room correction in the AVR to smooth out the bass further and hopefully address the room modes.
Go with satellite + sub configuration first as this is the simplest and least complicated setup. In this case 5.1 with direct wiring to the Def Tech Promonitors and LFE output to the sub. Modern AVRs have auto setup that takes this into account. You don't have to fiddle with much to get this right. I.e. reduce the possibility of user error.
The goal is to physically find out the best location for your bass (sub) and imaging (satellites), with respect to the best possible position(s) of your satellites, sub and MLP. This setup is the foundation of good sound reproduction in your room.
After the foundation has been set, you can then experiment/tweak with running speaker wires to the sub and satellites to make it appear as 'large' in the AVR configuration and play around with the settings.