Originally Posted by Jay9785
Yes it is the quintent 3 system. What you wrote does help with some of the questions, I've been wondering about. Wasn't exactly sure of how certain sounds would go through the rears. I guess the real trick would be in setting them. So that the sounds that are played, come through crisp and loud enough to hear clearly. My receiver has a 'tone' option under the surround channels setting that I've been using to adjust all of the speakers with. So should that tone coming from the rears be slightly higher than the fronts? Or is it more of a prefference thing and the only way to really adjust it is to throw in a movie like the matrix. Listen and tune from there?
With the subwoofer, I was just wondering if it will balance out with the quintent's mid and high ranges well. But I'm not too worried about that. More about setting up the satellites and getting the placements down.
Thankyou again for the info. I'm learning alot the more I read and talk to people who are informed better than I am...
I wouldn't use tone controls...I'd just use the normal balance controls to increase the rears. Usually, the increase is measured in terms of dB (decibels). Personally, I use 2 x Quintet IIs (the older model) for surrounds and I have them turned up +5 dB to make them match with my much more powerful RB-61 fronts.
However, as a quick WARNING -- the Quintet IIs support 100 watts continuous (which I own), but the Quintet IIIs have gone down to 50 watts continuous. This doesn't necessarily affect you, but you should watch the volume. If you have a "100 watt" receiver -- it would not be good to turn it up all the way, because even though manufacturers rarely meet their claimed outputs, max on a 100 watt receiver could reasonably be 60-70 watts.
With that said, the tone from the rears shouldn't probably be any louder than the front -- ideally, all the speakers should be matched to the same level. The best way to do that is to purchase a Radioshack SPL (Sound Pressure Level) meter and a speaker callibration disc. With these tools, you can measure each speaker and tweak them on your receiver until they are all at matching volume.
In terms of placing your rears -- they should be to the side of you either at ear level or above ear level (depending on who you ask). I'd say a bit above ear level if you're going to have more than one person watching movies at the same time, because surround effects are like all other sound -- they don't really travel through people, but around them, changing the effect. In addition, placing the rears slightly higher will make them a bit more diffuse, which can be nice for movies, though not necessarily good for multichannel music.
As for a subwoofer -- it should really help make the Quintets more satisfying all in all. They're great little speakers, but they're little on their own, so anything below around 120 Hz is basically beyond them. In movies (or at least in action movies and other things with heavy bass effects), that probably means that there's something left to be desired.
Hope that helps.