So I picked up 2 Polk RTi10's last night, and even with just a small taste of them hooked up to my current receiver, I could tell the difference from my Monitor 60's. So I'm already happy with the upgrade, but from everything I've read I could do more to make them sound even better. So here are the things I'm looking for some input on:
- Receiver/pre-out hookups. I'm currently looking at using this as my "primary" receiver:
I seem to keep hearing about it being a good idea to use the pre-outs on my Front RTi10's, but I guess I need some general education on this. Would I be buying a 2nd receiver which would essentially ONLY do the job of powering those 2 speakers? And if so, what should I be looking for? Am I looking for a receiver similar to above, a different type of amplifier, etc? And what specs should I be looking out for on this component? When I would hook them up, I assume I just take the pre-out cable from the Yamaha into some sort of input on the other component, and the speaker wire goes to the 2nd component rather than the Yamaha?
- Wire hook-ups. I assume I should be using the banana plugs to go from speaker to receiver, yes? And what about bi-wiring? I see some people think it makes a difference, and some don't. And if you bi-wire, how does that work exactly? How are the wires hooked up at the receiver end? It seems like they would clash with each other at the post.
- I have a subwoofer in my setup but from what I've read, the RTi10's are more than capable in terms of music listening. Should I be setting these speakers to "Large" in the receiver setup, and ALWAYS keep them that way, even if I'm watching movies? And if I'm switching back and forth from music to movies, how do I handle the sub? Do I just turn it off, or just adjust some setting in the receiver to tell it not to be utilized for that particular session?
Sorry about the long-winded questions....I just want to be sure that I'm doing things right.