Crossover was set by as per the recommendation from someone from svs. I will try changing the crossover and see if it makes a difference. I spoke to someone from KEF yesterday and they recommended to buy a new receiver since onkyo 787 is only 100w. I have a one sub in the front and another one in the back of the room. Onkyo came with audyssey so I do have a mic. I am not sure what KEW is.
CI 200QR 50
CI 160ts 120
I am a KEF dealer and design/build theaters for a living, so I have some insight to lend.
Whoever told you to do that at SVS is a goofball and just saying nonsense stuff to send you on a wild goose chase to get you off the phone - or, they have no idea what they're talking about in relation to your equipment. Here is how to fix your bass....
- With those speakers, SET THEM ALL TO 80hz or "small". This is a no brainer. Since you have subwoofers, that is the correct setting from Dolby per original AC3 design/coding.
- The idea of "reference" volume with those speakers should have never been mentioned and is irresponsible & reckless with your hearing and equipment as the receiver is going to not have enough headroom to pull that off effectively, nor can the speaker system. Unless you have a very very small room, that speaker setup (as a system) cannot play THAT loud without damaging them and/or sounding horrific.
Breaking that down further...
The fronts you have are very nice speakers and, if properly powered and in the correct sized room, can be a great front stage. Those are fine for your room size.
The in-ceilings you have can do similar as above.
The in-walls are your weakest link (speaker wise), and are going to struggle in comparison to the other models you have.
- The receiver is just ok, unless you really want to get very very loud in that room. But, honestly, if you were going for that... you have the wrong speakers to start with. Changing the receiver probably won't result in a significant change unless you have something seriously setup wrong and a new one is going to come without those settings messed up... or, as mentioned above, you are trying to go too loud and are clipping the amp and you're hearing that distortion.
Going by your dimensions, your room is a square.... the kiss of death for sound. That physical issue is #1
problem and will make things, especially bass, hard to get perfect. Try this process below....
- Put a subwoofer at your main listening position and crawl around the room. Where the bass is best, that is where you put the first one. Do the exact same thing for subwoofer number 2. THIS will give you the best placement.
Best of luck to you!