Should I set my speakers to large or small?

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  1. Brogan

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    I have searched the forum fairly extensively but I can't seem to find an answer to my question.
    Basically I want to know whether I should set my speakers to large or small to get the best results.

    The AX5 manual is less than helpful as it all is states is:
    What I need to know however is what the cut-off point is generally accepted to be with regards to 'bass frequencies' (I appreciate this can be set via the x-over function in the amp).

    The specifications of my speakers are as follows:
    Front: 27Hz - 20KHz
    Centre: 75Hz - 20KHz
    Surround: 100Hz - 20KHz
    Rear: 75Hz - 20KHz
    Sub: 22Hz - 150Hz

    So, given those ranges, what would be the optimum configuration for my system?
     
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    Why not try both and see which you prefer.I did have mine set to small but have recently changed to large and find the sound much better.
     
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    Best to have a play to see which you prefer. Setting my Ninka's to large gives me a fuller sound with movies imo. Try different cross overs too. I settled for 80hz but some prefer 100hz.
     
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    Was that just your fronts or surrounds too?
     
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    Front left, right and centre are large. Rear left, rear right and rear centre are small. Cross over is set to 80 hz and lfe is set to sub + main. I experimented with lots of settings using my ear and setting levels etc with a spl meter,but, felt this gave me the best sound in my environment. My rears are the weakest link in my set up but get the job done and I haven't felt the need to upgrade them. they're only used for effects and panning so don't really need to be set to large imo. TBH I couldn't tell the difference between setting my rears to large or small :blush:
     
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    Thanks for the info'.
    I am dubious too as to whether there will be any noticeable difference in setting the side and rear surrounds to small as I doubt there are a lot of bass frequencies directed there anyway.
    I'll play around with the settings and see what sounds best.

    P.S. Can you tell I've just bought an SPL meter? :D
     
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    Yes it's quite a handy tool - takes away a lot of the guess work :smashin:
     
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    If you have to set all of your speakers to the same setting it must be "small" if your centre speaker doesn't go below 75Hz
     
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    I take it then that 75Hz is deemed to be the cut-off point as to whether a speaker can handle bass or not?

    The manual doesn't suggest that all speakers have to be the same, just set them to small or large depending on their ability to reproduce bass frequencies.

    I'm going to try it with L, C, R = Large and the surrounds and rears = Small to see how that sounds.
     
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    From the frequency responses in your first post it would seem that only your main stereo pair will go deep enough to be considered able to handle bass as neither the centre speaker nor the surrounds can if they only go down to 75Hz.

    As a matter of interest 80Hz is the THX recommended handover from main speakers to subwoofer but as with everything in this game, experimentation is the key
     
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    Thanks for that Ian.
    I'll play around with the setup and see what sounds best.

    Although I probably shouldn't waste too much time on it if I can get myself a new set of speakers sorted :)
     

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