Not exactly a newbie, here; just a "cheapie" whose first A/V receiver purchase is a refurb ONKYO TX-SR500. Forgive me for my wordy first forum post... This receiver has no "large" or "small" speaker settings, only a single variable crossover frequency setting (80Hz-110Hz-120Hz). On other receivers I've researched, the crossover setting only blocks the low-end stuff from going to the "small" speakers, but doesn't block it from any "large" speakers. Is there no way to make this SR500 send ALL frequencies to any of my speakers? What I'm trying to figure out is, 'Where's the Bass?' I'm using my big, old, full-range (3-way, 10-inch woofer) speakers for main/front which play awesome bass when connected to my old "100-watt" stereo receiver (pretty sure that's 50w/channel, and I doubt that's RMS). This SR500 may be 65w/channel, but I have a sinking feeling that the crossover setting applies equally to ALL speaker channels no matter what I do, and is robbing my old boomers of the low end. I'm not understanding (from the sparsely-worded instruction manual) if either "stereo" mode or "direct" mode is supposed to bypass the crossover setting and send all frequencies to at least the fronts. I tried these modes, but I still don't hear the bass. I also tried setting "subwoofer mode: off" but really didn't hear a difference. What's more, in all of these modes, I'm still able to adjust the crossover setting, as if it ALWAYS applies, no matter which mode I use...? Do I need to go with a different receiver to get what I'm after? I do have a subwoofer. But, I'm an oldster who doesn't enjoy the ULTRA-low thump when, say, Steely Dan is playing. I realize that for movies it's a must for LFE, and that then I might not want my fronts to be duplicating some of the lower bass... I sent in a question about this via ONKYO's website, but if they take a while, I may pass my 30-day return window for this unit. So, I'm so hoping for some sage advice from some fine forum folks! And while I'm at it, I've read volumes of posts (in this and other forums) about the LFE "bug" in some of the TX-SR500's. I think this refurb unit has it, since when using 5.1 multi-channel input from my DVD, there's no sound from the sub. And with other input sources, there's no sub sound in "Subwoofer Mode 3" (I get a little bit in modes 1 & 2). I do get proper LFE if I connect the sub directly to the sub-out of my DVD player, so I know the subwoofer unit works fine. But while some people described the SR500 bug as "no sound" in sub mode 3, some described it as "garbled sound," being distorted by the bad receiver. Which is it? Perhaps it can be either one? Thanks in advance for any help you can give me!