I picked up a MX160 about three weeks ago to replace my Classe SSP-800 (full story below if curious). I've read/skimmed all 122 pages here and picked up a wealth of knowledge (thanks to all who post here!). However, with my basic 5.1 system there are a couple of rudimentary questions I have that may not have been addressed in dealing with some of the more technical issues in the very impressive systems this group has. Hoping someone can provide some quick advice.
1) Need guidance on speaker size setup. Speaker specs are below. The MX160 manual provides "cut-off" frequencies for the sizes while I usually think of crossover frequencies for speaker-sizes as a point when frequency/decibels start to transition. Is it a true "hard" cut-off? If it's a crossover like I traditionally think of it, I'd probably just do Medium across the board, if not.... for my fronts Large would be 40 Hz (too low?) while Medium would be 80hz (too high?) - thus I should do custom? Suggested frequency?
(powered by Classe CA-5100):
R/L - Aerial Acoustics 5T Frequency Response
48 Hz – 25 kHz +/- 2 dB
C - Aerial Acoustics 7CC Frequency Response
55 Hz – 25 kHz +/- 2 dB
Surrounds - B&W CCM Cinema 7 Frequency Response
45 Hz – 50 kHz +/- 6 dB
Sub - Sumiko S.9 Low Response
25 Hz at -3 dB
2) 90% of my MX160 use is for TV or streaming content - not a lot of time for critical/enjoyable Blu-Ray or other higher quality viewing/listening. I've been leaving Dolby Upmix as the default post-processing because I watch enough material that is 2-channel (British shows on AcornTV, for instance), that the convenience of having is upmixed is nice. Question is - if the source content is DD 5.1 (or DD+ or similar), is the upmix negatively affecting the sound in any way? Or is it OK to just leave the post-processing always on? (Should I be considering Neural X or DTS Neo: Cinema?)
PS - the other details for those who have time to waste.... The SSP-800 always sounded fantastic. But lack of 4K pass-through plus a couple years of increasing glitchiness made it time to change it up. Of course, concurrent with me making the decision to change/upgrade, my dealer of 15 years closed their doors. I found one dealer in my city selling the MP-50 and another local "big-box" with whom I do other business (so I trust) with a MX-160 floor model available for $9,000 incl. a 3-year warranty. My co-worker has dealt with the MP-50 dealer and said they're unreliable....so MX-160 it was. The lack of Dolby Vision support doesn't bother me since I just use my Sony A1E internal apps if I want to ensure DV streaming content is preserved (with sound back to MX via optical). So far I love the unit. Unfortunately the installer wasn't as much of an expert as I would have hoped and after watching RP setup videos linked in this forum, I can say for sure I'll be re-running Room Perfect (as soon as my 2.5 year old stops watching the glorious sounds of Paw Patrol long enough for me to do so)
My family room is part of an open-plan with my kitchen, so the perfect candidate for RP and even with a [email protected]
$$ed install - huge improvement! Final note - I salivate reading about everyone's HT on here. Already asked my wife how old our daughters have to be before I turn their basement playroom into a dedicated HT....she said at least 10 years...