Paradigm speaker question

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by Bruce White, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. Bruce White

    Bruce White Stunt Coordinator

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    I am planning to upgrade my HT receiver as I discuss in this thread. (Bottom line--maybe Onkyo TX-NR717 or Denon 2x13ci.) My current receiver is 11-12 years old, as are my speakers. My TV and blu-ray player were purchased in Dec 2011. All my speakers are Paradigm--front and rear Mini Monitors, my center is CC-370 and the sub is PDR-12. The sub has a subwoofer knob on the back that is set to about 1/3. There is another knob labeled cutoff. It goes from 50 to 150 mHz and is set about half-way. There are connectors on the back for hooking up other speakers but I have never done that. I have the sub connected to the receiver via coax. I am assuming my speakers are still quite adequate--I'm sure I could not afford to upgrade them. Not if I want to stay happily married. :) Here are my questions: 1) As I have made inquiries about receivers and do research on them, I keep seeing references to "crossover'. What does that mean and how do I make use of that? 2) Do I need to do anything with those knobs on the back of my sub? I know these are probably all questions I should have asked 11 years ago, but now that I'm going to get into a modern receiver I thought I better try to educate myself a little more. Thanks! Bruce
     
  2. schan1269

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    Crossover is the frequency cut-off. The modern AVR covers that, you'll leave the knob on the subwoofer alone.
     
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    On most subwoofers even when you use the rca/coax connection the crossover knob is still active so you should set it all the way to it's highest position of 150. And there's no need to try and match the setting you've selected on the receiver. I also don't see any need to up-grade your speakers if you really like the way they sound. Paradigm is one of the most respected speaker brands out there. in fact, most ir not all Canadian brands are very highly thought of but none more than paradigm. I've always wanted to try some Paradigm speakers but I need to learn more about the different series/models first. Maybe someday.
     

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