Originally Posted by mnilan
I'm not sure I understand your question... Both of my sets of speakers were full range speakers although the Vandersteens were shorter (3" as opposed to the 6' Magnepans). What the bass management feature of the 2150 does is to send everything below your selected frequency to a subwoofer. So, if your speakers only go down to 80 Hz, you select 80 Hz as your bass managment setting and then everything in the source signal below 80 Hz gets sent to the subwoofer output rather than to the speaker output. So there's no "boost"...
My understanding was that the amp has a capability where it delivers a low end boost, essentially a Bass EQ function for smaller speakers. Here is the quote from their website--
"Front panel "speaker equalization" selector adds a half-octave of bass boost at a choice of frequencies to improve performance with compact bookshelf speakers"
I was just wondering if this feature was effective/useful or not. I have some outdoor speakers that can use this type of capability. I also listen to the living room zone at lower volume and believe that a "loudness"-like feature would help. I'm looking at some integrated amps which may not be considered as desireable in overall audio quality because they have a loudness capabability such as the Denon DRA-397. I'd rather go with something like the Outlaw for what I think would be better overall sonic quality with effective bass mgmt/boost for low volume and small speaker situations.