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Paul Cruz

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I have Polk R40s for my front and surrounds, Polk CS245i for my center and a Sony SA-WM40 for my sub and I was wondering what settings(small or large)I should use.
 

peter_anderson

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is that a trick question?

just kidding; you need to _experiment_ a LOT and decide what is best for YOU.

for me, front speakers should always be set to small for HT use and large (sub OFF) for music (unless the music is Madonna).
 

Harold_C

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I have Polk R40s for my front and surrounds, Polk CS245i for my center and a Sony SA-WM40 for my sub and I was wondering what settings(small or large)I should use.
No real need to mess around with it. The R40s should definitely be set to SMALL, taking full advantage of the benefits of bi-amping. The LARGE setting is almost never a good choice with normal systems; it would be a particularly bad choice for a speaker system with 5.25 inch bass drivers. The speakers and the amp driving them will perform much better with a high-pass filter. Let the speaker designed for bass (the subwoofer) handle the bass.

Set all of your speakers to SMALL. Set the subwoofer to ON (not one of the "PLUS" or "MAX" modes that duplicates the same bass in the speakers and the sub).

With the RT-40's, an ideal crossover would probably somewhere around 100 Hz although anything from 80 Hz to 120 Hz would be perfectly fine, depending on what your receiver has.

You'll almost certainly want to put the sub in a corner.

Then, invest in the $39 Radio Shack SPL meter and get your levels calibrated properly. Should be a fine sounding system.

BTW, don't let the LARGE and SMALL labels confuse you. They really have absolutely nothing to do with the physical size of the speakers. There would be a lot less confusion if they were labeled "FULL RANGE" and "HIGH PASS".
 

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