Originally Posted by jkiller122
according to the def tech manual hooking the front speakers to the sub "gives the best blend between the satellite speakers and the sub as well as the fullest,richest sound quality" have you tried both methods and if so which one sounds better and why?
I'm sorry, but the manual is just wrong. I don't know why Def Tech contiues to push speaker level connections, but connected this way you completely eliminate the Bass Management system in your receiver. Your receiver has a modern Bass Management system and will allow *much* more flexibility in setup than the very modest system in the sub. In fact, your manual also says:
Option for Method 1 Hook-Up
An option on this hook-up (if your decoder will allow you to select “Large Left and Right Main Speakers” and a Subwoofer”), in addition to the hook-up as described above, is to use an RCA-to-RCA low level cable to connect the LFE/sub-out on your receiver to the low-level LFE/sub-in (the lower RCA input) on a ProSub. Tell your bass management system that you have “Large Left and Right Main Speakers” and a “Subwoofer” and “Small Center” and “Small Surrounds.” You will then be able to raise the LFE .1 channel level being fed to the subwoofer by either using the LFE/sub remote level adjustment on your decoder (if it has one) or the LFE .1 channel level control on your Dolby Digital channel balancing procedure. This set-up has the advantage of allowing you to set the low frequency level on the ProSub for smooth balance with music while also allowing you to “juice up the bass” for movies with the controls on your decoder. It should also sound somewhat better.
Variation on the Method 1 Optional Hook-up
One variation on the optional hook-up is to hook up and adjust the system as described under “Optional Hook-Up” except select “Small Left and Right Main Speakers” and a “Subwoofer” on the bass management system (along with “Small Center” and “Small Rear Surrounds”). The advantage of this over the Optional Hook-Up will be somewhat greater dynamic range (i.e., you can play the system louder). However, depending on the specific characteristics of the crossovers designed into your bass management system, the transition and blending between the satellites and subwoofer may not be quite as smooth and continuous as the Optional Hook-Up, or with the basic hook-up detailed above in Steps 1 – 10. However, if you wish to play the system louder, you can experiment with this variation. In addition, this variation is also
one which can be used if your decoder bass management system does not allow a “Large Left and Right Main Speakers” and “Subwoofer” setting. We encourage you to experiment with the various settings on your subwoofer, settings on your decoder, and hook-up options as described until you find the best combination for you.
If you want the best sound, and the most flexibility in sound optimization, use the subwoofer output of your receiver and connect it to the LFE/sub input on your sub.
Edit: You should still return the Monster subwoofer cable. It's *way* overpriced. When you order speaker cable from Monoprice, order a subwoofer cable at the same time. You'll save a bunch of $$$$!