Hey fellas, hope everyone enjoyed a great Thanksgiving Day long weekend!
Now, on to business!
I've decided to "fire up" my old amp and hook up my speakers to my BR player now that I've bought a center channel and have some nice stands to put my surround speakers on. I need help with these settings because I can't really afford to go out and buy a spl meter and can't hook up a mic to this thing. What should I be setting the speakers/amp to?
These are in order by the way:
Subwoofer: I have it set to "ON" with PLUS (this shoots bass to my fronts as well as my sub) Is this recommended for a 5.1 system? My amp has DD and DTS only, no DD+ or newer codecs.
Crossover Freq: Default is 100. I can choose 150 or 200 hz. Your suggestions? I have 10" front cones (one per speaker). They are 3 way speakers that are approx 20 yrs old.
LFE attenuator: can choose 0 or 10 db. Your suggestions? My sub is 10" and cone faces forward, not downwards. Also, what should I set the knobs on the back of it to? Set both to the half way mark or higher?
Low cut filter: Default I believe is 200. what should I do? My surrounds btw are Cerwin Vega LS5. Only 5 inch cones with a single tweeter.
Front, Center and Surround distance setting? Is that the distance from the amp to the speaker? From the front to surrounds?
Dynamic Range: Should I have this on or off?
Dual Mono Setting: Have no idea what this is. Suggestions/help? 99% of my movies are in 5.1 and the odd one is 2.1 so do I need this setting on?
One last thing: What should my independent speaker volume (balance) be set to? I currently have all my speakers set to +8 db I believe. I notice my surrounds don't sound very loud. What should I do? Please give me some numbers you suggest.
I currently have my amp set to : FL, CS, SS (Front Large, Center Small, Surrounds Small)
My manual suggests that if you cone size is less than 10 inches, you should set speakers to small.
I look forward to hearing back from you pros! Thanks a bunch!
Oh, am I on a budge so I was only able to pick up 18 gauge wire. Good enough or not? This setup is in a small room (20 x 20 approx).