Originally Posted by purdyd
Yes, it would be like setting sub to both
Well, your sub has a crossover right?
And the fronts have a spot where the frequency rolls off?
You set the sub crossover to be at that spot
ok, that makes sense. both of mine do.
I'll try to keep an open mind as I evaluate this hi-priced center/woofer combo.
however, let me add 1 more caveat. sub EQ. I have a velodyne DD18 with built-in parametric EQ. I would be sure I'm in the minority that has both that capability & the added capability of using the SVS/audyssey sub EQ. you do it Magnepan's way, leaving subs turned off in the AVR/proc, then you could negate some of the benefits of sub EQ if it's audyssey based and 2) I don't see how you could use a standalone EQ like the SVS, Velodyne's SMS-1, or Anti-mode because they require subwoofer inputs, not full range preamp outputs. I'll concede that maybe audyssey in an AVR could apply a correction to the combined sub & mains response (that's what I did with the velodyne's EQ). Or use a sub with its built-in EQ, like the Velodyne. But an external solution would be difficult if not impossible to use. So, a big limitation is introduced.
Gain the illusion of a full-range maggie center, lose some or all the benefits of subwoofer EQ. Not sure that's a good trade-off, purdy.
Maybe there's a way to make it all work, but look at the convoluted effort it takes to think it all through. Not a solution for HT enthusiasts trying to optimize bass performance.
I think DonH50 said it best when he said he tried it & decided that it wasn't worth the effort for him
. You may be one who doesn't need or want sub EQ, certainly with the Pioneer you don't have it
I think the ideal solution is to let the processor do its job, send the bass managed center to the DWM panel, let it handle freq's from the processor's Xover to its internal Xover (200 hz?) and let it send the rest to the CCx
center. As long as the woofer panel and center are in proximity to each other, relatively in the same plane, they should be mostly in phase and that allows you to maintain all the benefits of subwoofer EQ, whether in the AVR or an ext unit. If you set the AVR's Xover higher than the DMW's low freq response, then < 40 hz would be sent to the sub anyway. I don't see how anyone could say that is not only easier to do but closer to being ideal.
If you haven't missed sub EQ, it's because you don't have it in your Pioneer
Not being contrary, just saying.
IIRC, Magnepan had downplayed the role of room correction with their speakers anyway...one has to wonder if they have done so out of necessity
rather than objective analysis
Remember, I've used Maggies for over 30 years and have talked with Wendell Diller (very approachable, nice guy for owners to speak with) so it's not like I'm unfamiliar with how to set them up
I'm not being contrary for the sake of it
I'm trying to raise legit issues. If you & others can explain where I'm missing something, I'll listen. I'm trying to learn here.
All this came about from me talking about how to do heights, and ended up with considering a better center speaker.