I just received my 94 a week ago. I was going to purchase the cheaper upcoming 1018, but my 17 year old JVC receiver broke a couple of weeks ago- and so I decided to splurge on the 94 when I found it for a good price. It sounds great and I'm glad I spent the extra $$$.
I'm very happy with the sound from movies and the few 4 channel SACDs I own. I was hoping the sound from two channel CDs would be a bit better than it is, but I probably need to play with some of the effects a bit. I also don't have high quality speakers (just JBLs) and my front two speakers are on either side of my TV. I'm sure that the stereo imaging would be much better if I repositioned my speakers to be further apart. My current room isn't large enough to do that. I'll be building a house in the next year and that issue will be rectified. When I matrix the 2 channel CDs to Ext Stereo, they're darn good- so I'll use that setting for the most part for CDs.
Anyway, my question relates to MCACC setup. I have four JBL Northridge E50s with 8 inch woofers. They're rated to give a frequency response of 45Hz - 20 kHz. From reading Legairre's post around page 68 I think it was, I should set the crossover to be at least 2x the low response of the front speaker (one octave higher.) So since the 94 provides crossover at 80Hz and 100Hz, I should use 100Hz. Is this correct? I also understand Legairre's logic that in the vast majority of cases the subwoofer should handle most of the lower frequency and so the Sub should be set to On and Front, Center and Surrounds should be set to Small. I've done this- although every time I run MCACC, it sets the Front and Surrounds back to Large (and then I reset them back to small.) Should I be setting the speakers to small somewhere else so that MCACC takes into account that I want them forced to small when it does its tests? Basically I can't help but wonder if overriding the MCACC settings for speaker "size" screws up other MCACC determined adjustments.
Thanks for any verification that I'm using the correct crossover and speaker settings.
My speakers: 4 JBL Northridge E50s (8 inch woofers, 45Hz-20kHz) for front and surrounds. No surround backs at the moment. JBL Northridge EC35 Center 75Hz-20kHz, JBL Northridge E250P sub (12 inch woofer, 25Hz -> 50Hz to 150Hz variable crossover which I have set to 150 Hz, have volume dial set at 50% since MDACC tells me to turn it down when I have it set @ 75%.)