I recently decided to abandon my "purist" stereophonic roots and take a walk on "the dark side" of 5.1 Home Theater. My first step was an upgrade of my 16 yr old Onkyo Amplifier. I replaced it with a Yamaha RX-V1300 receiver. (100 "Yamaha amps", which are probably equal to about 140 "normal amps" <smile>). Once I fired up the new amp, I was so impressed with the sound that I decided to keep my old (1987) Monitor 10B's and try to build a home theater system around it. I purchased a CSI40 center channel, FXI30 surround channels, and a PSW404 subwoofer to complete my new "home theater" system.
The concern I have is matching the tonal quality of the new and old speakers. When I try to "balance" the surround system using the Yamaha's test setup "tone" (really sounds like static), the L/R front speakers have a noticebly different (much deeper) sound. (I'm not sure if this is normal. The only adjustment that I ever needed to make on my trusty old Onkyo was with the big freak'in knob labeled "VOLUME"! <smile>) The base also sounds a little "disjointed" at times betwen the front channels and the subwoofer, particularly during movie scenes ith low frequency effects. I'm currently running the subwoofer off the Sub-out jack of the amplififer. (Yes, I realize this is not the recommended "Polk Way".)
The question that I have is would I be better off wiring the front speakers off the sub the "Polk Way" and calling the front speakers "small" on the surroundsound setup? My concern is that I don't want to degrade the system's excellent stereo (i.e. music listening) sound for for the sake of 1 or 2 movies a month.
Thanks in advance for your opinions!