Originally Posted by UGAd13
Got a question for you on your set up. Looks like you're running a 7.1 set up using the SM450s as L/R, ProMonitor 60s as Side/Rear surrounds, and the ProCenter 60 as the center? So, you ran the SM450s through the sub and connected the LFE cable? You said it made a tremendous difference - how so? Did you have the SM450s run through just your receiver first?
Reason I ask is b/c I picked up the ProCin 60 for Christmas and only had time for a quick set up. I hooked up the sub via the LFE only and the L/R directly to the receiver. If wiring the L/R through the sub makes a noticeable difference I'll probably do it once I can find some free time… not the easiest thing to do with a two week old baby girl and 3 yr old son at home.
I'm also curious as to why it’s supposed to sound better running through the sub. With today's bass management systems (I have a Denon 1613 w/ MultEQ) I would have figured it wouldn't make a difference. Does anyone know why, in layman’s terms, wiring the L/R through the sub improves the sound quality? I’m a novice when it comes to HT but enjoy learning about it.
I have the SM450 set as the mains and the 5 sats in the ProCinema 60 for surrounds. Hooking the speakers wires and LFE make about a 300% difference! I had the volume at about 3 o'clock. After switching from Small to Larger on the AVR, it sends a flood of bass to the sub. Once you're setup and run the AVR setup, Adam at Def Tech suggested unplugging the LFE from the sub to set the crossovers and then plug it back in. I even tried this dual method with my old low powered Yamaha sub, it brought it to life! So much so that I told my son to not hook it up using both connections in his apartment.
Yes, at first I did have the mains coming straight from the AVR. I suggest you find the perfect spot for your sub before you get ready to add the new connection. I did a rough measurement and cut 8' of new speaker cable for each R & L. I wish I would've just gone with 10 feet, because I'm limited now with sub placement using the dual method. I did not want to cut my existing speaker wires to add the connection. As it says in the manual, set both volume & frequency to 12 o'clock and run whatever software your AVR uses (YPAO for my Yamaha).
I'm quite happy with this entry level Def Tech setup. I wanted the ProCinema 600, but $600 was out of my range. Plus I still would have to buy 2 more (matching speakers) speakers. So, just over $500 for a full Def Tech system is a pretty good deal. Especially when the setup I had before was a complete mixture of speakers except for the Design Acoustics PS10a for mains.
The SM450's offer a bit of flexibility for sound tuning. You can set the radiator to be on the left or right, lay the speaker on its side so the tweeter and woofer are in line, the tweeters could be inside or outside, or the speaker could be flipped upside down if you have high stands to place the tweeters right at ear level, and then the option of radiator inside or out comes into play. It's nice to have options!
I have this for the center channel to sit on. There is a height adjustable leg on the back of the center speaker to aim it down. This works out nicely! The mount comes with a grippy rupper cover. I have the speaker right on the edge and the mount is adjustable, i have it down toward the listing area.
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