Originally Posted by RobLee
Even if the mains are set to small? In that case, then a big "Thanks" - that's what I meant by
"overlooking something obvious" and may well be the best way to accomplish what I wanted.
as JD noted, you basically have two options if you want the speakers to be full range for stereo music:
option 1 - use the 2CH DIRECT/STEREO menu to configure the speakers as LARGE for 2ch modes. Set the mode to "custom" and configure how you want it for music; this will allow you to maintain audyssey for stereo music, when you are in any multichannel mode the speakers will be "small" and when you switch to stereo mode they will be "large"
option 2 - if you like to use full range for music without audyssey, just engage DIRECT or PURE DIRECT and boom, the speakers are "large".
BTW - a lot of this is covered in the audio section of my FAQ.
also, a neat trick is that you can use the 2CH DIRECT/STEREO menu along with the Direct/Stereo button on the remote to easily toggle between 2.1 (stereo + sub) and 2.0 (direct) for music.
in that menu, if you set speakers to SMALL, sub to YES, and sub mode to LFE, then set the crossover you want for 2.1 mode, it will play 2.1 (crossed over) in STEREO mode and 2.0 (full range, no sub) in DIRECT mode. So the D/St button on the remote will toggle between 2.1 and 2.0.