I did have some studio 20s before as my wides to go with the studio 100s and miss them so on the hunt for these again lol
old pic with the covers on
That's a very attractive HT setup. BTW, just from the perspective of the pics, it doesn't appear that like the htz OR wides are placed for best audio effect. It's all about the angles.
You're welcome. I recommend a protractor, a laser pointer and an assistant with some masking tape to mark the position on the wall. Seated in MLP and using straight ahead/CC as the centerline, shoot 60 degrees. As a reference your FR/L should be about 30 and surr at about 90. So wides will fill that gap in the surr bubble perfectly.
As for install, if space and aesthetics allows, placing bookshelf size speakers on speaker stands against the side wall is a frequent good choice, like drtoronto's classy look. For on-wall mount, ideally the front wall edge should be shimmed out so the tweets aim at MLP. Some on/in-wall speakers have an aimable tweeter that might allow for a more flush mount if desired.
edit: Oh, now I see just how tiny those VAF i49s are. As even a small recessed shelf is not easy into a block wall, could go for tiny shelves and angle the speaker on the shelf, or small brackets.
Audyssey attempts to calibrate your system to movie Reference Level, which is 85dB average, 105dB peaks (with 115dB peaks for the LFE channel). If your system is capable of this, it will achieve it when the master Volume is set to 0dB.
Prior to calibration you would have had no particular setting on the MV that meant anything at all, other than how subjectively 'loud' the system was playing, You may have achieved, for example, Reference Level at -7dB or at +4dB - it is anyone's guess.
In order to achieve Reference Level at 0dB on the MV, Audyssey will have 'listened' to your system when calibrating it and adjusted the trim levels of the speakers accordingly. In doing so, it has had the effect that 85dB/105dB is now achieved at 0dB.
There is no question of 'wasting power' - 85dB is 85dB regardless of where it appears on the MV.
EDIT: Gee, if I had read ahead a couple of posts, I’d have seen that baptpig had already given you a 100% correct response. :)
This is very true. When I had no treatments at all, I used to listen typically at about -15dB. After I added my first lot of treatments, this dropped to about -12dB on the MV, followed by more treatments taking the MV to typically -9dB. Now I have added even more treatments I typically listen at -6dB. So the treatments seem to have removed about 9dB of energy in total which is a heck of a lot. Or, because the sound is so much cleaner, I may be listening at much higher levels - or a combination of the two. I do find nowadays that I can wind the MV up considerably and the system still sounds just as clean as at lower MV settings, but louder. Often I am surprised at how loud I am listening because it doesn't 'sound loud'. Everyone will find different settings of the MV which are best for them of course - almost nobody listens at Reference Levels at home as you have said (not even professionals like FilmMixer who finds Reference at home "too loud").
No - Audyssey ignores AVR settings when it does the calibration.
If you are new to Audyssey, there is a ton of useful info, hints and tips in the Audyssey FAQ, linked in my sig.
I do this all the time because I hardly ever read ahead and never if the replies already made go over to the next page. I usually leave the semi-redundant post too, on the basis that if a few people respond similarly it confirms to the OP that the answers can be relied on - more authority etc. And also, as you say, there are often nuances to different replies which can also enlighten.