How helpful is the "small" setting

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  1. CarlosM

    CarlosM Stunt Coordinator

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    It seems standard practice to set your speakers to "small" when you've got an external sub (of ample calibur) in your system. It frees up the power used for the low frequencies, and allows the higher and mid ranges to become more "dynamic"... but just how much so?

    Im curious because I just cannot afford the power reciever (looking at the H/K AVR230) I want for my speakers (B&W 600 s3 series -- 2x 602, 2x 601, 1x LCR60), but hoping the 50 watts/chan RMS will still give ample power will low distortion.
     
  2. John S

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    B&W speakers are real forward, you will be fine...

    Set your crossover higher to benefit the amp and speakers, set it lower to benefit the sub.

    The benefit is substantial, run at 120hz and above on the xover and your amps and speakers won't be breaking a sweat at high volume levels.
     
  3. CarlosM

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    ive got a hsu research STF-2 (not yet installed.. xmas present.. waiting to return to my apartment)... so i really doubt it can tackle a 120hz properly... id be more comfortable at 80, or 100... but i have yet to test it so I dont know...
     

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