First, I want to say 'Hi'. I just bought my first set of Polk speakers last week, and I'm thrilled with them.
As the title says, I've got a new surround system, and I don't want a sub. Main reason- its another large object in the room that I'd rather not have to look at.
Pioneer VSX-1020k (7.1, 110wpc, running in 5.1 mode w/ bi-amp to fronts)
Fronts- Monitor 70's (bi-amped)
Rear- Energy CB-5's
I have a pair of Monitor 40's that were intended to be the rear surrounds, but they were way to big to fit on the stands and were obtrusive. I moved them to my old (7 years) 5.1 Pioneer receiver in my bedroom, running as a 2.0 setup.
My question- Why am I getting a better bass response out of the Monitor 40's on the older, lower-end receiver than from the Monitor 70's when sending the same 2 channel (music) digital signal?
Both setups are connected to home theater PC's with the same sound cards (Auzentech X-plosion). The old receiver is fully manual when it comes to configuration, the VSX-1020 has a calibration mic, which did very well. I did some tweaking, but I'm still not getting as much bass out of the 70's as the 40's. When running in full 5.1, watching a Blu-ray, there is plenty of bass, which is strange. I'm thinking that this may be coming from the CS10, which is in a cubby of sorts on my TV console (about 16" wider than the speaker and 6" deeper).
Could this just be a difference in the acoustic properties of the room? My bedroom (Monitor 40's) is 13'x14', 9ft ceiling, carpeted, and 2 3ft wide openings- 1 to tiled bathroom, 1 to 'bedroom foyer'. The living room is 14'x15', 9ft ceiling, carpeted, 2 4' wide openings to 2 tiled hallways, and one wall is a half wall that looks into a 15'x15' tiled kitchen.
I've set the x-over to 50Hz, speakers are set as large, adjusted the receiver's EQ up on the lower frequencies. Am I missing something? The old receiver has its x-over at 80Hz, speakers set as large, and no EQ adjustments made.
Sorry for such a long post... just trying to be as detailed as possible.
Thanks in advance!!!