I believe the spikes are just for carpet. The towers have a base built in, so it should be fine to just sit them on the hardwood.
I'm not familiar with your receiver, but the (-40) volume doesn't tell us anything. I run my receiver between -10 to 0dB, where 0dB is the reference point at 75dB. Have you calibrated all your speakers with an SPL Meter? That's the key. If not, you may have your center volume or surround volume overpowering the low volume of the Mains. My receiver emits test tones out of each speaker at a volume level of 0dB on my receiver. I use an SPL meter to adjust the volume of each speaker seperately so that the SPL Meter reads 75dB for each speaker. That means, at a volume of 0dB, I'm listening at 75dB out of all my speakers. Some movies are recorded louder than others, and I'll have to back off the main volume to -10 or so.
Calibrate your speakers first, then let us know how they sound. If you don't have an SPL meter, do the Test Tones of your receiver and try and match up the individual volume levels they best you can by your ear. You should get somewhat close if you take your time.
I also do not have my sub yet. Subs are essential for HT, so Calibrate and wait for Sub before you worry too much. I had my old Infinity Sub hooked up, and I felt the Towers and the MTM Center were OUTSTANDING!!!!
Originally Posted by Monsterx
I ordered a 5.1 system from them, 2 towers, MTM up front, 5TCs in the back, and a custom front firing 300 (trying not to shoot directly into the downstairs neighbors). The sub won't get here until January
We watched transformers last night. It sounded great, but it really wasn't full without the sub.
I have a few questions for owners.
First, what is the deal with these floor spikes? Is it only needed for carpet? I have all the speakers on hardwood, any reason to install them?
Also, I am using a pannasonic XR-55 reciever, the volume was set to about -40, and while it sounded good, I feel like for the size of the speakers they weren't filling out as well as they could. The sound felt more narrow then I expected. The towers are set to the left and right of the TV stand, probably 7 feet apart. Which of the following factors could help fill the sound more.
Receiver: (is the XR-55 not powerful enough? Is there settings I should use?)
Speaker width: (Should I move the towers farther apart?)
Wait for the sub: (Am I crazy and should just wait for the sub)