Originally Posted by Nicoff
And while I mention ARC, I plan to run different configurations for movies and music. For movies, I will run a 5.2 set up (two subwoofers). For music, I will run a 4.1 configuration (no center channel and only one sub). For music, I was going to tell ARC that I had NO center channel plus I was going to turn off the second sub before ARC does the music test signals (I did not see in ARC how to tell it how many subs you have). Thoughts/suggestions?
ARC treats your subs as one. Even though there are 'SUB 1' and SUB 2' outputs, ARC does not have multiple sub setup. The outputs are the same. It just splits the signal, as if you had a splitter connected to 'SUB 1'.
You can certainly do separate ARC runs for 5.2 and 4.1, but you will need to manually turn off the sub not included in the 4.1 setup yourself each time you play music. It would make more sense to do a 5.2 and 4.2 ARC run to me, but I don't know your system. Why just one sub?
Also, since ARC treats all your subs as one, you will need to setup your subs (phase, level matching, etc.) prior to running ARC. This can be done a couple different ways. The first and easiest way is to buy a sub equalizer/room correction unit such as the SVS AS-EQ1 (no longer sold, but can be found for sale used, if your lucky) or one of the models from DSPeaker. I use the DualCore 2.0 with great success, but its not cheap.
Or you can use the Quick Measure feature in ARC to set your subs up. This is more time consuming and probably not as good as the outboard correction units, but certainly cheaper. Either way, you should set up your subs prior to running ARC.