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I have a 5.1 speaker system and a nice little Denon Receiver pushing them along. There is a crossover freq available for all the speakers, which are all set to 80Hz.

(If that doesn't sound right let me know)

Everything is Polk. 4 Monitor 30's and a matching center and the PSW 10 Sub.

So anyhow onto Windows 7. The only thing going to my souround system is my Windows 7 HTPC. With two options for output to the suround system. HDMI or SPDIF off of my X-Fi HD card that encodes in DD for gaming.

So my question is, being that all my speakers are set to Small and everthing set to 80Hz CO on my Denon, should I leave my Win7 speaker setting to large? Are there any other optimum settings I should consider?

BD movies do sound amazing already, but...... I just want to make sure I'm not missing anything.

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Yes, leave it at large, your Denon will adjust the crossovers accordingly and send the bass to the lfe channel. No other settings to optimize either, your doing it correctly. smile.gif
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I have a 5.1 speaker system and a nice little Denon Receiver pushing them along. There is a crossover freq available for all the speakers, which are all set to 80Hz.

(If that doesn't sound right let me know)

Everything is Polk. 4 Monitor 30's and a matching center and the PSW 10 Sub.

So anyhow onto Windows 7. The only thing going to my souround system is my Windows 7 HTPC. With two options for output to the suround system. HDMI or SPDIF off of my X-Fi HD card that encodes in DD for gaming.

So my question is, being that all my speakers are set to Small and everthing set to 80Hz CO on my Denon, should I leave my Win7 speaker setting to large? Are there any other optimum settings I should consider?

BD movies do sound amazing already, but...... I just want to make sure I'm not missing anything.

Dimethios is right - from a Windows perspective your surround system should be configured as a 5.0 system with all of its speakers set to large and no subwoofer. That leaves the bass management up to the AVR which is the right place to do it.
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Dimethios is right - from a Windows perspective your surround system should be configured as a 5.0 system with all of its speakers set to large and no subwoofer. That leaves the bass management up to the AVR which is the right place to do it.

I thought that all should be set to large and subwoofer should be selected as present. I will try it the way you suggest as I am not satisfied with my subs output when outputting from Windows via HDMI.
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I'd configure Windows with the subwoofer present. Otherwise it might end up mixing the LFE channel into the other channels.
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I haven't even thought of the LFE channel. I'll have to play with it in Windows and see if I can tell a difference.

How about the bit rate setting on the advanced tap of the speaker setting? Does that make any difference?

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I tried both with sub selected and deselected and with it deselected there is significantly less bass than when selected.
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Hmm when I switch it back and forth I can't tell any difference, on a bass heavy sound too.

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What Denon AVR are you using as Audyssey will set the correct crossovers for you speakers?

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What Denon AVR are you using as Audyssey will set the correct crossovers for you speakers?

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Actually I don't have Audyssey. It's the AVR 1513. But the crossover freq on the reciever is of no mystery, 80Hz is clearly where it's at for all my speakers. And I have plenty of bass, esp given the fact that I live in an apartment, I have to be carefull at night.

My main focus has been at this piont, as to what settings to set inside Windows 7. Sending a full unmolested signal by setting my speakers in Win7 to "Full Range" makes sence to me though. While playing music, setting the speaker config in Win7 from 5 vs. 5.1 however does not seem to have any consiquence either way. I think the reciever is handeling all the crossover processing.

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What does Audyssy do for me?

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