Originally Posted by pbz06
But it distributes that full range signal internally to the tweaters/mid/woofer the way it's designed for.
This might be an "it depends" type issue.
I'm guessing he has the external connectors binding the top posts and LFE posts and might not know it. If this is the case, then his towers would be receiving all signals, full range & LFE all going to the bottom connection posts, then the BP's handle all cross overs internally putting the intended frequencies to the intended drivers.
If this is the case, (of which I'm not sure) I'm wondering how it would differ from removing the external connectors, running an LFE connection to the bottom posts, and running L/R cables to the top posts and crossing over in the AVR to taste like Falcon's fan does. In theory, running it his way might be the same, or better, because Def Tech has crossed the powered sub to the 4.5" drivers at the most appropriate setting which might not be 40/60/80/90/100. 40-60 is a big gap. My guess is that internal xo from powered woofer to mid range xo is closer to 110htz than it is to 40-60htz though. So for me, if I did not have external subs, I might consider testing this option, but the flexibility of controlling the ox in the AVR I would still see as an advantage. There is a reason most everyone, even with full range towers eventually comes around to crossing over at 80htz or greater unless you have some really, really big drivers in the towers. Like 12" plus or bigger.
But if he is running this the way I think I understand it; two set of wires (one set from LFE, one set from L or R) both connected to the LFE in posts, with no binding connectors, then I'm at a loss what's going on or why it sounds good.
Until additional information is provided to confirm, I'm suspicious that his configuration is contributing to his dissatisfaction with Audyssey.