Hi, I'm a newbie in modern surround modes but have an older Denon 5.1 receiver (no Room Correction), my main hobby has been higher-end stereo audio, set up in a separate room ...
Anyway, I've gotten the upgrade bug for our HT system, I've about decided on the 5008 or 6008, but would like to clear something up before committing to the 6008. I like the DSD capability over HDMI and the possibility of front wide or height channels - and that's where my question arises. I haven't seen the answer in this forum nor can I find it in the manual ... yet.
My present surround speakers are NOT set up properly as "surrounds" - I recently 'discovered' that they are actually set up properly for BACK L and R (they're at 150 degrees from the listening position). They are hard wired to the AVR. So with the new system they would be connected as such, in a 7.1 arrangement.
My thought is to also get a Hsu Research 5.1 or possibly 7.1 speaker system (my main L and R speakers are better quality, so will keep them). I would be using a wireless amp to drive the new Surround L and R speakers. I'm wondering if I can use the L and R preamp outs to connect up the wireless Surround L and R, then hook up Front Height speakers to the receiver? I haven't found an answer to this ... I see the 6008 and 7008 are described as 7.x AVRs (with 7 channels of amplification, right?). So what I would need to do is assign the amp channels to the Front Height pair and 'turn off' the normal L and R surrounds (which would be supplied a signal via the preamp outputs).
Does this make sense? Is there a way to do this? My surrounds need to be placed (at least the RHS one) where I cannot run wires, but there's an outlet handy (kitchen island, for the RH side one!). I'd be mounting the wireless receiver/amp under the counter area, and unplug the speaker when not in use ... (I'll be using possibly a speakon or other safe plugin method in the speaker wire so it can't accidentally short). The LH side surround would also be driven with a wireless amp, but permanently mounted on a wall and wired permanently as well.
Hopefully I've explained properly and thanks in advance for comments ...
Edit/PS: from looking at things, it seems like only the surround BACK amp channels can be assigned (instead) to the front wide/height speakers ...?
If that is the case, I think I'll "punt" back to the 5008, and stick with a conventional 7.1 arrangement. The wireless amp's transmitter has line level and speaker level connections, so I'll see which sounds better and/or has less 'problems' if any.
Edited by Rick Young - 1/28/14 at 12:20am