A few questions from a new Polk owner. I currently have what I assume is a relatively typical 5.1 setup for a HT enthusiast on a budget.
- Onkyo 806
- Lsi9 fronts
- LsiC center
- Two mostly-crappy in-ceiling rears which are good enough for now.
- Semi-crappy 10 year old sub which I will replace someday soon.
I thought the 806 would be enough to power the Lsi9's - and it tries, but doesn't really succeed. I need an amp. After browsing this forum and others I think I've decided to get the Emotiva XPA-5. Also, I have three other rooms in my house where speakers are installed in-ceiling. Presently we are only using one set of these via the 806's powered zone 2 feature (and my wife is complaining for me to get the other two sets working). Now for the questions:
- Should I hook all five of my speakers (even the crappy rears) up through the XPA-5 or just the Lsi's?
- If I leave my rears hooked up to the 806 and the others go through the amp will everything sound ok still? Will the 5 signals still sync properly? This is probably a dumb question but I'm assuming there will be no delay with the amp processed channels.
- How can I make the other three sets of room speakers work with this setup? I can leave one of them on the 806's powered zone 2 and will do so. I'm thinking that I can leave another hooked up to the front powered speakers outs on the 806. What about the third? What about buying some kind of "Off/Bedroom/Bathroom" toggle switch for the 2nd and 3rd pair?
- Since this is the first time I'll have this kind of setup, I'm curious about the sound processing modes on my 806. If I output in "Pure" mode on the 806 to the amp via the preouts, I'm assuming all the dolby/dts formats will be decoded first and sent to the amp without any additional processing added? What about modes like THX Cinema and all channel stereo? Any info or web resources you could point me to on this would be helpful.
Thanks a ton for any help you can provide.