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I have an Eltax centre speaker of a fair physical size and wondered as a general rule of thumb are you best setting centres to small or large on the amp in a 5.1 setup?.. What is the phase thing do on a sub and what is the best way of getting it's volume right?
Personally if you have a subwoofer in your setup I would set all my speakers to small and set the crossover on the amp to the closest setting to your smallest speaker.
This will leave your sub to deal with the lower frequencies and the rest of the speakers to deal with the higher frequencies.
thanks, I have some Eltax Liberty 5+'s (I think that is what they are called) floor standing speakers at the front so tend to set them to large and the rest to small. I wonder wheather I would be better off getting another set of MS302's for front's 9currentlt have them as rears) and using the sub a bit more.
You dont mention the make and model of your centre speaker if it is a liberty I dont think it would be a good tonal match for the MS302s.I would be inclined to have the fronts and centre from the same speaker range.
The frequency ranges for my speakers are as follows.
Liberty 5+ =45-22,000
Liberty centre =50-22,000
HT2 bipolars =50-20,00
So I have all my speakers set to small and the LFE crossover on the amp set to 60.
If the centre speaker is physically smaller than the main pair, it should be set to small. Your particular rears should be set to small as well. I would say set the centre cut off point to about 80/90Hz and the rears to 100/120Hz, depending on your preference.
Ignore the specs, the surrounds and centre are not going to reproduce down to 60Hz at any decent level as they will start to roll off once they hit 100Hz.
It's ok if you don't play it too loudly, most centres are quite weedy and sometimes sound boxy when trying to deal with the extra bass. A good centre will sound fuller, but the general rule of thumb is that if the centre is smaller than the L&R's, it should be set to small.