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Kevin Alexander

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My Sony DA5ES arrives at my home on Friday. I have Paradigm Monitor 7 speakers, the Paradigm CC-350 center, Polk LS/fx for rear speakers, and a Sony SAW-M40 sub. When the receiver arrives, what crossover point on the receiver should I set my mains, center, surrounds, and sub at? Your help is very much appreciated. Thanks.
 

Shane Martin

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You should set up your mains, center and rears to whatever the crossover point is directly above your speakers' rolloff point. I would generally say you should set your speakers to small and your mains to 60, rears to 80 and center to 80 based on my experience with Paradigms and Sony's flexible crossover.
The best part is you can try both settings and find out which appeals sonically to you. Denon, Onkyo, The outlaw 1050 etc don't even give you that option so its quite nice :)
 

Lewis Besze

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Sure if you want cascading crossovers then follow Shane's advice.If you want smooth blend,then you want to go 1 octave above your speakers naturall roll off point.

Check your owner manual for those figures[I.E. FR response lowest figure].Doubled that figure and set the crossover in the receiver to that point.

Say, if your speakers roll off below 40hz then set the crossover to 80hz etc........
 

Warren_Sc

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I had a lot of fun tweaking this on my DA5ES. If you have a set-up DVD, use the bass sweep to estimate where your speakers are losing their bass. Use that to set your cross-overs, then you can play with the EQ setting to try to remove a few of the peaks. For each speaker you can pick the setting for the EQ to act wide, normal, or narrow around each of its frequencies.

My speakers actually could hit 30Hz. I was very surprised they went that low. Unfortunately, there was a big hole from about 40-65Hz. I think I chose 70Hz for the mains and 80Hz for the center. I have never heard of that formula above, but it could be a good starting point. Some will tell you to let your sub produce anything below 100Hz. Remember to play with the phase, too.

Do you have an SPL meter? For me, it was a great investment ($40).
 

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