Regarding the small vs large setting, I know this has nothing to do with the actual size of the speaker but rather bass management. The Marantz 7008 definately applies the crossover and sends the relative frequences to the subs even in Large speaker setting though. Very easy to tell this is happening playing with the crossovers while still in large speaker setting, but I'm guessing the Small setting simply removes more of the volume going to the CM8's. I have toggled between small and large on the speakers and have to say I prefer the fullness of the sound coming from Large over Small setting at lower and mid (movie) level volumes, even with exact same crossovers set (which are appropriately assigned, but only go in 20hz increments from 40, 60, 80, ect, so the CM8's are set to 80 now and in Large mode still). I think I'm just going to leave everything as Large and toggle the CM8's to small on the once or twice a month parties that the CM8's are overwhelmed with bass.
Yes, I have the CM10's and CMC2 single amp connected to the Emotiva right now (and the four CM8's connected to the AVR). I don't notice any difference in sound with this over the bi-amp CM10's off the AVR, but it's a little harder to tell than when playing with crossovers and AVR settings b/c I have to manually unplug and replug things with a delay. Seems the same volume/fullness/bass to me though but I'll test this again and post back. I'm going to try biamping the CM10's mid/tweeters with the AVR and the Emotiva for the woofers next to see if there is any difference there, but my guess is there will not be a noticeable difference above the single 200w it's currently getting from the Emotiva. I could also biamp the CM10's with 2 Emotiva 200w channels as well (as I've not got zone 2 speakers up yet), but my guess is again I won't notice anything b/c regardless of the ~100 to 200w the CM10 tweeters will get from the AVR/Emotiva bi-amp setup, they will never use more than 50w, so the only real goal is to make sure the CM10 woofers get the full 200w all the time with a biamp setup rather than sharing the 200w single channel (which again is likely also very similar results).
I got the Marantz 2 channel 145w Amp I previously ordered today. I'm not even going to open it. The 5 channel version is more $ than the Emotiva and 65w less per channel vs the XP5. I am super impressed by the Emotiva, not just the sound, but the packaging, look, and the 78lbs is reassuring in and of itself; makes the Marantz 2 channel amp feel like a paper weight. Plus, I can always do squats with the Emotiva on my back for some exercise too.
Do banana plugs on the back of the CM speakers not work like the back of the AVR and plug straight in? It seems they need to be twisted in like speaker wire and get crushed in the terminals or are not secured, so I'm planning to just use bananas on the back of the AVR and exposed wire to the speaker terminals? I like the ease of banana plugs, especially when I'm testing so many setups though.
As for Airplay, it looks like IoS devices (iphone and ipad) can only stream to one AVR at a time, but that Itunes on a PC or Laptop can stream to multiple. This is a nice solution for now, but it means only my Itunes library can be multi room streamed (a feature that will be cool to use during parties with people in multi stories of the house but frankly not that often), but not Spotify. I can use the Apple app to control my desktop Itunes for multi avr streaming though, so this nice. Everyone is hoping that the Iphone 6 will allow multi AVR streaming in Airplay which would then enable multi room Spotify streaming.
I watched the Dark Night Rises blu ray last night and it was the most engaging, awesome movie experience I have ever had! The subs are set perfect, as are the speakers, and the sound was phenomonal. So much perfect superlow bass, absolute clarity, and great sound effects (I've seen the movie before obvoiously). The TV looked great too, and I've fixed 95%+ of the motion issue on big LEDs with TV/AVR calibration. That said, I think I'm going to do an ~even exchange for the 85'' Samsung 4k from Best Buy http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...a-20/ref=nosim
. I demo'd it last night as Best Buy just got it in to setup but not allowed to sell for a week. It seems every bit as strong as the Sony in picture quality and motion, and is 6'' bigger screen size and only 5'' behind the 90'' 1080p Sharp which cannot compete in picture quality/motion with these Sony/Samsung models. The Magnolia guys want me to look at 4k Projectors as well, but a projector setup looks to be another $5k++ in price and I'm limited by wall size to probalby 125'' and I don't think it'll look as good. Need to research it though, but I've never been a fan of projectors.