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    I have monitor 50 front, 40 back, and cs1 center. With a Sony dg820 reciever. What should I set my crossover at for each speaker? I was noticing a tinny sound and decided to tinker with it, my center was at 100.

    Any thoughts would be helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightsbane View Post
    I have monitor 50 front, 40 back, and cs1 center. With a Sony dg820 reciever. What should I set my crossover at for each speaker? I was noticing a tinny sound and decided to tinker with it, my center was at 100.

    Any thoughts would be helpful.

    Do you have a sub? I didn't see one listed in your equipment description above.

    If you don't have a sub, then you should set your Monitor 50's to be "Large" and the Bass setting to your Fronts w/ no sub therefore your fronts should NOT be set to a crossover frequency.

    Your Center and Backs could be set to "Small" w/ a xover of 80hz - then you can play with the xover setting to get what you think is the best sound.

    H9: If you don't trust what you are hearing, then maybe you need to be less invested in a hobby which all the pleasure comes from listening to music.

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    I do have a sub. I also tried to look up the specs, and if I am right the lower cutoff is:
    monitor 57hz
    monitor 40 57hz
    cs1 65hz


    So should I put the monitor 50 and 40 and 60 and the cs1 at 80?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightsbane View Post
    I do have a sub. I also tried to look up the specs, and if I am right the lower cutoff is:
    monitor 57hz
    monitor 40 57hz
    cs1 65hz


    So should I put the monitor 50 and 40 and 60 and the cs1 at 80?
    The general guideline is to start at 80hz. But then you should experiment and then decide what works best for you. 30Hz above the lowest cutoff would put you right about 80hz all around.

    H9: If you don't trust what you are hearing, then maybe you need to be less invested in a hobby which all the pleasure comes from listening to music.

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    so a lower number means more bass sent to the speaker, higher means more sent to the woofer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightsbane View Post
    so a lower number means more bass sent to the speaker, higher means more sent to the woofer?
    Yes - so the task is to find the magic number that sounds best to you - too low of a xover and you'll be asking your main speakers to produce lower bass than it may be able to - and so you may notice a 'hole' in the bass response.

    Too high a frequency and the sub woofer may be producing higher frequencies to the point where you can localize the sound coming from your sub - which is something you don't want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightsbane View Post
    I have monitor 50 front, 40 back, and cs1 center. With a Sony dg820 reciever. What should I set my crossover at for each speaker? I was noticing a tinny sound and decided to tinker with it, my center was at 100.

    Any thoughts would be helpful.
    L/R (50's): 60Hz
    S.Back (40's): 60Hz
    Center (CS1): 60Hz
    Sub: 80 Hz
    Zone 1
    (5.1 Setup)
    -- VM 20 (L/R)
    -- RM 8 Center (center)
    -- VM 10 (S.L/R)
    -- DSW microPRO 1000 (LFE)
    Zone 2
    -- Atrium 45
    Denon AVR-2809
    -----------------------------------------------------
    (7.1 Setup)
    -- RM 6600 (L/R + center + S.L/R)
    -- RM 7 (SB.L/R)
    -- PSW 350 (LFE)
    Denon AVR-1909
    -----------------------------------------------------

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    Agreed that 80hz is a good startying point, and you can adjust from there. Also, that Sony has Digital Cinema Auto Calibration, so run that and see where it puts you, those auto calibration programs are usually pretty good and give you a very good starting point and you can fine tune from there.

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