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I have an Onkyo SR503 and 4 identical old Bose speakers. I was wondering if it was possible, and advisable, to set up the receiver so that stereo sources make use of the two back surround speakers.
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Possible? Yes, there should be a setting for All-Channel Stereo or similar.

Advisable? Your move. Not for me.

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Advisable? Your move. Not for me.

There's a good reason those kind of settings exist. It all depends on how someone is going to listen and how the room is set up. For example,

- as background music with a group of people in the room, having all channel stereo (set to a good level around the room) beats out pure 2 channel (too loud for some and too quiet for others) by a mile.

- if you have multiple seating areas, or are moving around the room, all channel stereo can be useful too.
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Thanks for the replies. Had a feeling there would be such a setting but knowing what I was looking for allowed me to find it.

One follow up question: I know it is possible to adjust the levels of each speaker. Is it possible to have the receiver save your preferred levels to a source like it can save your listening preference (all channel stereo, stereo, Dolby EX) to a source?

I'd like to turn down the rear channels (but have some sound) while watching all channel stereo TV but have them back up to their full levels for DVDs and games.
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