Originally Posted by dakar80124
So on the A3000 looks to me like you can have a 11.2 system AND still have Zone2 using external amplification. However I don't have any desire to run rear presence speakers.
But I might later add front presence speakers. Who has these and how much benefit do you get from them? How good of quality do front presence speakers need to be? I have 3 large very good quality main speakers, will adding some piddly little front presence speakers ruin my sound? Would a 60-watt amp be plenty for something like that as well?
IMO front presence is a necessity if you use a front projector, the dialog lift is very effective and the 3d effects work very very well. The dark night is a great example as it has a very eerie high pitched sound through alot of the movie to add tension, with front presence this is projected high over your head and kind of looms down on the audience. Obviously effects such as rain etc work very well too, but that eerie sound from the dark night really took me by surprise probably because it only exists in the front sound stage so was very apparent.
as for speaker match i chose a small pair of bookshelf speakers from the same range as my fronts, really you want to try and match the tweeters as there is not really any bass coming through them. For that reason a 60 watt amp would be ample and the z11 only has 50 watt on hand for presence.
up untill now the only receivers that had the ability to run front presence with a 7ch theater at the same time was/is the Z9 and Z11. Its a great time to be in the market!
any speakers used for presence will be an improvement IMO over no presence, try to match tweeters/ upper frequency response.
Originally Posted by deadnbrkn84
I'm playing with that now, so then what does the "Extra Bass" setting do. It's greyed out until you set the fronts to Large then the feature is available. Know what it does?
my understanding is extra bass used to be bass out both, effectively sharing lfe with sub and front speakers, this means that in all modes but pure direct the sub will kick in, another thing to consider is 2ch stereo mode will utilise the room correction from the YPAO and can sound very very good.