Originally Posted by AustinJerry
I don't recall any discussion that claimed that the 4th or higher recommendation was to be avoided. IMO, if it is listed as a choice in Pro, then it should be a viable option.
True. Though when I questioned Luke on this he really encouraged me to give the top ranked xover (as long as it's not Large, of course) a try, despite that entire octave 40-80Hz I wanted to keep giving to the subs.
I'm glad my system sounds so good, and so clean, following that advice. If like Jeff, I had any hint that I didn't have the amp power, or speaker capability, I'd do yet more careful listening tests. Instead I moved on and spent time tuning other aspects of my system.
OT, but to put things in perspective, recently I've done A/B comparisons of the Denon AVR A100 in nl vs preamp mode. It yields a small but consistent SQ advantage. So I just bought a little sister for my Emo XPA5, a bargain refurb Emo UPA2 to power the DSX wides, so I can run in preamp mode.
I also purchased a lightly used Denon DBPA100 universal BRP with DenonLink4 (for $1K, MSRP $2.5K) so I could hear for myself whether the DL4 jitter reduction makes a difference. That involved a healthy number of A/B tests, of all shiny disc formats; BluRay, DVD, SACD, DVDA and redbook CD in a digital shootout with my trusty OppoBDP83SE. I found no consistent differences on BluRay and DVD but the Oppo was soundly beaten (pun intended) on the other formats. The HiRes music is really impressive. More importantly, because of the much greater variety available and lower cost, even well-recorded redbook CDs now sound amazingly good.
Now to get busy buying CDs on Amazon...