Originally Posted by lgkrishmy
Thanks for the input CT_Wiebe. I will play around couple of more days.
1. I am having a 5.1 setup. So, what is the best speaker system setup in MCACC. This is a simple question but I am unable to find the answer from the manual. It is very confusing which setup I should use if I am using only 5.1 speakers.
What I meant was which of the setting from Page 100 - 1 to 5 I should be using? Is it Normal SB/FH or Normal SB/FW or Speaker B or Zone 2 for 5.1
In the manual it says before the Auto calibration I need to choose one of the above system.
First, go to page 19. You should hook up your speakers as Front R, Center, Front R, Surround Right, and Surround Left. Placement of the Front and center channels should be obvious -- around your display and centered around it (center channel under, preferred, or over the display, if a TV set and placed low). The 2 surround channels should be placed at either side of your listening position (on the walls is preferred) and about 2' (or more) above the listeners heads (and not aimed at them).
I can see why you are confused. Pages 100 and following are for the Advanced Setup, which is used for fine-tuning your system. The first thing you need to do is to set up the speakers per the instructions in Chapter 3, pages 14 through 36. You will not
be using the "Height", "Wide, or "Zone 2" (speaker B) options at all. Your setup will be similar to the Plan "E", Main Zone, on page 16. You will not
be using the "Surround Back" (SB) speakers either (those are for 7.1 channel only). Placing the Surround speakers as shown in Plan "E" Main Zone (page 16) only applies if you are using bookshelf type speakers for your surrounds (and not speakers designated specifically for surround sound use).
For your reference, the only speakers you will be setting up are (Pages 100 to 102) Front (FR & FL), Center, Surround R and Surround Left (Surr), and the sub-woofer (SW = Yes). To start with, you should set all of the main (5) channel speakers to "Small" and the Crossover to 80Hz. However, you don't have to worry about that to start with.
After completing the hook up, you should then run the Basic MCACC, per the instructions in Chapter 4, Basic Setup
(pages 37 through 41). At that point, you can go to Chapter 11, The System and the other setup
on pages 99 through 106. You can also go to Chapter 10, Advanced MCACC Menu (pages 85 through 98).
For starters, neither Chapter 10 or Chapter 11 is important. They can be very confusing, as you observed. All of the instructions in Chapter 11 have done nothing but create confusion. As I said, Chapter 11, and Chapter 10 (yes they should be reversed, IMHO, are for fine-tuning your setup, and not needed initially. Fortunately, MCACC is hard to confuse, if you have your speakers hooked up and placed correctly.
Sorry for rambling, but your questions sounded like you might need more detail than the manual gave you.GregLee
-- That's very close to being true, except that the Height/Width channels run off the "Speaker B" connections, and those will confuse MCACC, if they are used instead of the normal Front R&L outputs.