Hi everyone. New to the forum! I submitted the inquiry below to Polk support but thought I would also post it here to see if there is any additional input/suggestions from actual end-users. Hope that's okay. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
I am hoping that you can help answer some questions I have regarding my SRT reference system. I purchased it new back in 1997 and have been using it ever since in a 5.2 HT environment. I am now rebuilding my HT and would like to move to a 7 channel system. My questions are as follows...
1. Since the SRT was designed as a 5 channel system, with dedicated front and rear control centers, can I even use it in a 7 channel system since the sides would not have a control center? Of course, I can just add 2 side speakers, but without the SDA processing from the control center, wouldn?t that throw off the soundstage and defeat the entire purpose?
2. If the above is true and I am limited to using it only in a 5 channel configuration, my thought was to just bypass the control centers and forget about the SDA processing. I would just wire directly from my amps to the speakers stereo array. If I do this, can I also use the SDA array as another stereo array or to ?enhance? the main stereo array? In other words, is all the SDA processing taking place in the control centers or is there something different/special about the drivers in the SDA array that would make them only be useful in that role?
3. I realize that if I choose to power the SDA array directly as a stereo array, I would be driving each main speaker as 4ohm rather than 8ohm but would there be anything inherently ?bad? about doing this? Since the SDA array doesn?t have a tweeter, would that also throw off the soundstage if I tried using it as a stereo array? I know that I can just turn OFF the SDA processing, add 2 sides and run 7 channels that way but that would essentially be ?throwing away? 14 drivers (4 on each L/R and 3 on each surround) and diminishing the system?s full potential.
Thanks for your assistance. I have greatly enjoyed this system over the years and would love to find a way to continue running it in a 7 channel environment. I welcome your response and any additional input/suggestions you may have.