This is a response to member WADER2K question
According to Yamaha they recommend using the 7ch stereo program to output sound from all speakers.It doesn't matter if you have a 5.1 speaker set up. the unit mixes down the source to 2 channels, and then outputs equal sound from all 5 speakers. It's suppost to create a larger sound field. I have this Yamaha RX-V673 connected to the Energy take classic 5.1 speaker system and what i have experienced is it creates a full equal sound from all 5 speakers which also creates a higher db sound in the room. It does not create a 7.1 surround sound effect. I have owned this set up for about 6 weeks now and have been really doing alot of trial and error in setting up this receiver and speaker set up. When i first bought this combo i wasn't very happy with it for Music playback in any sound mode, but have now got it to sound pretty darn good. Movies have always sounded great right from the start. I also tried the Polk TL250's set with a Polk PSW111 sub with this receiver but had problems with one of the Polk TL250 satellites so i didn't get to play with it much with that speaker set up. I think i will try the KEF KHT2005.3 system or Orb's peoples choice next.
A bit late to the thread here but just found it. Im looking for a definitive answer on the correct cable to connect the Yamaha 673 to the Energy Take 5.1 sub. Im using a single RCA cable from sub 1 to a Y splitter to the L & R (red & white) RCA jacks on the sub, is this correct ?
I read somewhere that only one RCA is needed to the left RCA on the sub ? ..... Confused !
While I am at it, what are the best settings for 5.1 surround with movies ? STRAIGHT seems to give me the best result ?