Originally Posted by Mav3rick
Just recieved my 3x veritas 5.2's and got'em setup. I loved how they came with little white gloves to keep from smudging the gloss job, classy. Anyways, just wanted to bounce some stuff off you guys. I read a suggestion to set the speaker size to small and crossover to 80hz. What is the downside of running the L/C/R SPs as large? I still have RC micros as the surrounds so I would like to leave the crossover @ 120+. Also, what is the typical break in period for these kind of speakers and at what volume should I run it at? Thanks!
Receiver: Yamaha RX-V665
L/C/R SPs: Veritas 5.2c
SL/SR: RC-Micro Sats
When running the speakers as large you are basically not using any bass management at all. When set to small with a cross over, lets says 80hz, anything that is below 80hz in that channel is sent to the subwoofer instead. Easier on the amp too
While the speaker could probably play low, it probably can't play it at reasonable SPL so just send that stuff off to the more capable subwoofer.
Also where the speaker is placed may be good for imaging but not likely the same for bass.
Regarding crossover settings, if your Yamaha has YPAO room correction try running that to see what is the best crossover setting for your room. Every room is different so sometimes the 80hz recommended (not sure where it came from) may not be good for that room. You want the crossover to be at the point where the speaker and the subwoofer can play that frequency equally. So basically when you run a low to high sweep, you should NOT be able to tell when it switches from the subwoofer to the speakers.
In my room, my (im MY honest opinion/Bias) Really REALLY nice Atlantic Techs, WHICH i know can play low, had to be crossovered at 120hz. (Double checked it with REW).
Now queing batpig to come in and give a better more detailed response