Originally Posted by Turock
thrand1, thanks for replying so quickly. I have Klipsch Synergy 10.5's as fronts and my center is the C6. I have had them for years and have no idea if they are THX certified. I do like the double bass, I think it sounds great. That said, I will try to set them up as small and see what that sounds like. Would you say that 80 for crossover is a good start?
In my opinion the THX certification doesn't really mean much. The way I understand it, THX certified speakers are manufactured in a way that a crossover of 80Hz produces the "best" performance out of THOSE speakers since they're probably tailored to overlap/blend the best at that frequency. I bet that this doesn't apply to the other 95% of the speaker market that isn't THX certified. More than anything it's what sounds best to you. For me, during music I run my mains full band with double bass on and then for movies I run them at 60Hz and look, they still perform just fine
As far as what crossover sounds good, like I said, just experiment and see what sounds the best. I did a quick search and your speakers are specified as 36Hz-20kHz +/-3dB, so I honestly think you could drop that crossover even lower if you wanted to...like I mentioned earlier, I have different configurations for music and movies since music (usually) doesn't contain as much punishing LFE as movies do. Just remember that the higher the crossover, the more your sub's sound can become localizable over your mains...in your case you shouldn't have any problems with a crossover lower than 80Hz for music.
I have done the OSD and still don't get any on screen except for the menu.
The OSD is still confusing to me even after reading the manual. On page 107 it says for the OSD setup "Even if On is selected, operation details are not output if the input source is connected to a COMPONENT VIDEO IN or HDMI IN." However, after doing some Google searching, I came across this thread from a while back on AVS, where someone said you can only show the OSD at 720p resolution and lower, which is somewhat disappointing. I have mine hooked up to a 720p display, so that might be why I can see the OSD. Do you have yours hooked up to a 1080p display? That unfortunately might be the reason why you don't see anything from the OSD, sorry
As for sound format, I have everything going to the receiver as PCM, should I change them to Bitstream? Thank you for your help, I love the sound I am getting but am sure I can get even better from my speakers and receiver. Thanks again, Dwight.
The HD camps are divided over what "is better", PCM (internally decoded by the player) or Bitstream (receiver does the decoding). The DACs in the Integra 7.8 are not cheap by any measure- they're fairly high-end Burr Brown models. Again, this may come down to personal preference- I would switch back and forth and see which one sounds better to you. Of course if you bitstream an HD codec to the Integra you get the additional benefit of seeing something impressive like "DTS-HD Master Audio" pop up on the display on the receiver
One word of caution- if you are planning to run bitstream, I would urge you to perform the DSP update that has been mentioned in this thread a few times. Apparently there is a problem with DTS-HD tracks where people have experienced a "bomb" or loud pop on that track that could damage equipment/speakers, and this DSP update fixes that. It is very easy to accomplish, you just need a CD-R to burn the update to and a CD player with an optical cable to Opt 1 IN on the Integra.
Good luck to you, hope this helps. If not, post back and I can always try again