Originally Posted by Jahjd2000
The setup sounds amazing. I have a lot of hard surfaces to contend with, but overall I'm loving the arrangement. I'm 80/20 HT to music. The flexibility of the 4311 and Ascends provide for a great HT experience--and the Horizon is an amazing center. And the Empire does a great job filling in the lows for movies. If I'm going to be critical, integrating my Empire with music could be improved. It's not bad, but it's not as enveloping as it is with HT. I'm thinking about adding two SB-2000s near my towers to pull the bass upfront for music listening.
Long time no talk, eh?
Congrats again for your upgrade, makes me a bit jealous, but in a good sense!
Now, let's get down to business!
1. Center speaker: could you do me (actually yourself) a favor and pull that monster (!) a tad bit up-front?
Just about an inch so that its nudged off the cabinet. Worry not it won't fall off but if you could also find a way to tilt it (with some clever and nice looking supporter) it will make it face exact seated ear height on-axis with the MLP (Main Listening Position) resulting in an overall in-room improvement of dialog intelligibility. You will need to rerun Audyssey after such physical changes, but worth the effort.
2. As regards hard surfaces, yeap, an area rug can also add to the improvement of absorbing mid to high frequencies bounced off the floor once its placed right in front of that beautiful cabinet as an addendum to the main rug around the seating area. A table cloth on the coffee table may also be considered as another good factor. All these seem to be small issues, but in the end one by one they all add up in an increased improvement of the audio Nirvana we all strive to achieve.
And a great opportunity to invite our better half to cooperate in choosing the right rug and the right table cloth. For the man the design/pattern/color/etc. is not as important as the final result of audio bliss, not to mention the additional long-term improvement of "Honey to Honey" relationship when all this is done in order to please each other's wishes.
3. Please note there is no sucha thing as pulling bass up front. Music or film it makes no difference. Bass is omni-directional for our ears, it doesn't matter where the sub(s) are placed coz we can only sense the level of bass but not its direction. Though the placement of subs will always have other issues with so-called room modes that are characteristic of sub-room interaction, thus needs further considerations for best placement. Me thinks a dual-sub arrangement (instead of three subs) can do wonders (one at the sofa, one up front), especially when you make use of Audyssey's MultEQ XT32 flavor having the ability to EQ two subs as one. The Denon AVR-4311 has two real sub outputs, not like many AVRs that even though there are two RCA jacks but in reality they are just Y-connected inside the machine. For further reference you may read the blog of Audyssey: Small vs. Large. Link in my sig.
See Ya later.