I was checking this thread and I came across your post.
I thought that I would throw in my 2c.
Let's try and take things one at a time.
I am getting following error: Reverse Phase for front left and right. The note says "The speaker phase may be inverted"
If you know for sure that ALL of your speaker connections + to + and - to - are correct, then the OP Manual states that you can disregard this and continue with the MCACC Setup.
This is explained on page 25 second column from the left under "Reverse Phase" in the OP Manual.
What kind of speaker system should I use?
Normal (SB/FH) OR Normal SB/FW) OR Speaker B or Front Bi-AMP or Zone 2. On page 19 and 20 of the manual, which connection should I use?
The default setting for your speakers is SB/FH and that is the one that you should use. It is fine for your 5.1 Speaker setup. You can go in and deselect the Front High speakers which is the FH part.
This is explained on page 64 of the OP Manual.
Answer: I do see front left, center, front right Rear Left and Rear Right and LFE boxes lit up and the receiver displays double D's with DIGITAL.
Make sure that your Surround Speakers are connected to the Surround Left and the Surround Right speaker connections and NOT the Surround Back, Left and Right.
I refer people to the diagram on page 13 of the OP Manual.
In that diagram it clearly shows when the Surround Back and Front Height and Wide are used.
I made this mistake when I got my VSX 1020 and I was wondering why I was not hearing anything from my Surround Speakers.
Wired them to the Surround Left and Right and everything was fine.
The front speakers is set to LARGE, Center is set to SMALL, Surround SMALL and the SW is set to NO
I agree that your Front Left and Right Speakers should be set to Large because you are not using a dedicated Subwoofer.
Bose Acoustimas Overview:http://www.bose.com/controller?url=/...ss_5/index.jsp
This is not a Powered Sub, just getting Lower Frequencies via a Crossover and localizing them in the Sub Box.
Bose Acoustimass OP Manual:http://products.bose.com/pdf/custome.../og_am5iii.pdf
However, The Bose 161 Book Shelf Speakers, should be connected directly to the 1021's actual Front Left and Right Speaker terminals and not to the Acoustimass box!
The Bose 161 Speakers DID NOT come with the Acoustimass System, but you are trying to mix and match, and then complain about the result of that!
Bose 161 Overview:http://www.bose.com/controller?url=/...index.jsp#faqs
Bose 161 OP Manual:http://products.bose.com/pdf/custome...ers/og_161.pdf
The Bose 161's were designed to be wired directly to the receiver per the OP Manual, so why not use them as they were designed?
Unless you are a Bose System Designer, which as a AV-Newbie, I do not believe is the case!
The Acoustimass System was designed to have specific Crossover points specifically designed for use with it's "Cubes"!
Once you connected the 161's to the Acoustimass, you are now dictating those same frequencies and Response to be applied to the 161's,
which I can guarantee is not the same Frequency Response that the Bose Designers designed for these speakers.
You have instead thrown out all of their good work and in essence, you have seriously compromised the 161's Sound.
You are your own worst enemy!
No doubt why the 161's are not sounding good.
I understand that you want to use the "Cubes" for your Surrounds and then not with the Acoustimass Controller, but that was not the way that they were designed.
Bose is ALL about Specific Controlled Systems and not a Mix n Match Manufacturer!
In your case I really would connect the 161's directly to your receiver and if you want to play with your Acoustimas and Cubes you could try connecting the Cubes directly to the Surround Left and Right of your new 1021 or connect the Surround Left and Right wires into the Acoustimass and your Cubes to the Acoustimas, it is just being used for the Surround rather than the Main Left and Right!
So in Summary, I would wire your System with the 161's to the 1021 Mains Left and Right and your Acoustimass with Cubes to the Surround Left and Right and do the MCACC.
Listen to the System and Hear
what you think!
Then wire the 1021 Surrounds straight to the Cubes without the Acoustimass box and run the MCACC saving the settings on Memory 3.
the results and see which you like the best.
The Full Acoustimass System on your Surrounds may add some Bass to the Surround Crashes and Bombs to make them sound better for the Surrounds.OR
Flip it all around and use the 161's for the Surround Speakers and use your actual Acoustimass 5 System with the Cubes as the Main Left and Right speakers of your System.
Lastly, you can Manually go into the MCACC and adjust the EQ's lower Frequencies (around 60Hz) up a bit, to add more overall Bass to your System and Tweak it a bit.
If you want some Great Bass though, purchase a Powered Sub and connect it to the 1021's Sub Out!
There are many Threads here at AVS and elsewhere about some good sub Choices!
Good Luck, You'll get it sounding right!
PS. FYI... Myself I use the Polk T15's both in my Bedroom and Living Room for my Surround Speakers. They sound pretty good to me from the most subtle of sounds, to the Biggest Crashes and Bomb's!http://www.polkaudio.com/homeaudio/rtm/index.php?s=t15