Originally Posted by jcs913 View Post
I noticed that most people set their speakers to small and have their sub take all the bass. This has always made me think, why? If you have good quality front tower speaker, why would you want your sub to take all the bass? You should get tighter bass from a good tower and send all your LFE to your sub. I have an older set of NHT towers and center and set them to large and set my Velodyne sub to plus. I get fantastic LFE from this, yet don't get over-pushed bass from my towers when needed. When I tried them on small, I had to adjust the volume several times on my sub, because the bass sounded 'muddy' at times. If you have a HTIB or bookshelfs for fronts, then small is definetly the way to go. Anyone else use small for your fronts, even if you have a high-end set of towers? I am curious why?
One problem is that when set to small the EQ doesnt even show the 65hz range anymore. The next available setting is 125hz. The mains dont get much bass anymore in this setting. I like as much sound coming from my mains as possible so I set mine to Large. I double checked with my manufacturer and they concurred that they should be a Large
I don't have a sub yet, but have a pretty decent fronts. How do I set up my speakers in that regard?
If you dont have a sub then just set the speakers to large. Also go and have a look at your EQ to make sure the MCACC hasn't taken all the bass away.
I know many of the experts say that if you have a sub just set the mains to small but in my smaller room it makes the sub way too noticeable. I am experimenting with setting my fronts to large then lowering the bass at the 65 hz point for the fronts and center since most is done by the sub. I find this blends the speakers better with the sub.
Each room is totally different and mine is a nightmare to setup.
If you are serious about setting things up, spend some cash on a sound meter and a setup DVD like Avia. That being said if you use MCACC and it sounds good, thats all that matters.