I just bought and set up new HT system - RTi10's front, CSi5 center, RTi4's rear, PSW 505 sub, Denon 3808CI 130x7 receiver, Toshiba A20 HD-DVD, Mitsu RPTV. My room is pretty big - 20x20, but the seating area is approx 12ft in front of TV/front spkrs.
I was really hoping to get blown out of the water with the sound from this set up - strong front speakers matched with powerful receiver - my first "adult" sound system (i'm 47). It sounds good, don't get me wrong, but I was hoping for outstanding! At low-med volumes, I was hoping for more stage - richer, broader sound - but I'm just not feeling it. I was not expecting to be able to even tolerate the higher volumes, -5db and up, but it doesn't really get intolerably loud - although I have been careful not to push above 0db.
I am a relative newb to real equipment, but am reasonably well read, I think, and believe everything to be hooked up correctly. Are the RTi10's demanding of that much more power to really shine? Should I bi amp the fronts with the extra channels on the Denon - would that help- it appears in the Denon manual that that is possible to do. Should I have a "pro" come out and check everything and calibrate the audio? I'd rather not spring for a separate amp at the present, plus nearing the end of 30 day return period, if my expectations are too high and I should be buying something different period. I have had the set up for about 3 weeks, so hopefully the speakers are broken in.
When shopping for the speakers, access to the Polk forums were a real differentiated selling point for me, and now it looks as though I can use your help already! Sorry if I am a complete newb, but can anybody comment?