I am pretty new to A/V setup. I am a computer engineering major, so I am good with electronics, but I know very little about setting up my speakers. I thought maybe someone on here could enlighten me on the answers to a few things I know so little about... This week my friend was generous enough to sell me CS2 center, A PSW10, and pair of monitor 40's for about 200$. He picked them up on Newegg's open box section for this price, and ended up continuing to use a pair of acoustic research towers he already had. I didn't have a receiver but I managed to find a broken, and ancient, kenwood vr-209 500W at a local thrift shop for 7$ and after cleaning the heatsink and circuit boards it is working well.
I am not an audiophile by any means, so please forgive my third grade terminology. I plan to buy a new receiver pretty soon, but i'm just kind of biding my time, waiting on a good deal. Currently I have the PSW10 connected with a rca splitter from the Sub out on the amp, and the monitor 40's are connected via the upper terminals. I have read in the forums that the psw10 works better using the RCA terminals? What I am curious about is utilizing the extra terminals on the monitor 40's, to be very honest I am not even sure what they are, or what to do with them . I have also noticed what I think is a "Crossover?" on the back of the PSW10, once again I just really don't have a clue how it works, if it is something I should even bother with, and at that I don't have a clue how I would connect it.
I am getting ready to build stands for the monitor 40's which I plan to use as fronts, I was thinking about 26"?
Thanks in advance, and sorry to ask such a petty question. If any one could even refer me to a website with an explanation of what I am look at, that would be great! I am guessing this isn't something I could wire using my current receiver, but I figured I should find out what is required etc. before I purchase a new one. It is hard to do research when you do not even know what you are researching!