So I've been tweaking this system for about a week now. I got 14 awg speaker wire at 7 feet per channel. This has significantly improved volume output from the SurroundBar compared to the stock cables they provided. I didn't use any special cables either just generic speaker cable.
I've also upgraded my PSW111 to a DSW Pro 400. This was the best decision ever. The PSW111 just isn't versatile enough to be good for movies and music. It sounded great for music but it was a bit too weak for movies. I always had to turn up the levels and the volume to max. I can now leave the level at +1 for the DSW Pro 400 and get very good output.
My question is about the recommended hook up for the SurroundBar. Polk recommends running speaker wire through the sub and running them to the fronts. This kind of made me scratch my head. I'm wondering if Polk is just making this diagram to accommodate for Receivers that do not have a sub out?
Anyway, my setup is as follows...
SurroundBar -> AVR-247
DSW Pro 400 -> AVR-247 via Sub Out using RCA L/R Splitter on Line-In
Front L/R - Large
Surround L/R - Large
Center - Large
Sub - L/R + LFE
For those that are unfamiliar with the L/R + LFE setting:
"When the sub menu is set to sub L/R + LFE the L/R receive a full range signal down to their low end. Then the sub kicks in @ [whatever your crossover is], plus the LFE track. Also when listening to stereo music, which won't have the .1 track, you'll get the full range of the music through the main L/R."
Quoted from here: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...4#post13295304
Isn't that essentially the same thing as running speaker wire? I noticed that Polk notes that you will lose the surround effect unless you use the speaker wire method. Am I losing surround with my method?