Originally Posted by ggunnell
Spend a little time setting up your system, and you will be rewarded with more enjoyable movie experiences.
[I've been using pairs of Presence speakers with my Yamaha soundfield processors and receivers for almost 20 years, and] I agree.
The Presence speakers are only used to enhance [front soundstage] delivery of soundfield processing; however, without Presence speakers, the front mains will still produce the soundfield effects -- just not as well...
Not every soundtrack or piece of music sounds better with soundfield processing. And it's fair to say that I am rarely ambivalent about whether a movie or CD sounds better with/without soundfield processing.
Not everyone likes the Yamaha soundfields. My suggestion would be that you try using soundfield processing without Presence speakers to see if you like the effects. If you find the effects positive, you'll probably find them better if you add the Presence speakers...