Definitive Technology BP-8060ST's

I ordered a set of these speakers, and there are two options for hook-up.

1- Use speaker wire and the LFE/SUB  connection, set speakers to small and use the AVR's bass management.

2- Use speaker wire only and let the speakers handle the crossover.

Searching the web shows on clear recommendation.

Witch option would give the best overall sound?

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    Chris Kyriakakis

    Hi Chuck, 

    If your AVR has Audyssey MultEQ or MultEQ XT then it's imperative that you set the subs up as true subs (via the Sub Out).  That's because the subwoofer filters have 8x higher resolution than the speaker filters.  All speakers must be set to Small even if the AVR insists on setting them to Large.

    If you have MultEQ XT32 then it doesn't matter as much because the subwoofer filter resolution is much higher and equal to the resolution in the speakers.

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    Chuck Hansen

    Chris,

     

    Thanks for the reply. The AVR is a Denon 3313ci which has MultEQ XT. When the speakers arrive, hopefully Monday, I'll hook them up as you suggest.

    Thanks again...

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    Chuck Hansen

    Chris,

    I received my speakers and set them up as you suggested. I have run Audyssey  many times in the past 1-1/2 weeks ( to adjust sub level, speaker placement etc..),the results are a little surprising to me. The front mains always have the crossover set at 120Hz, while the front center crossover varies from 60 to 100Hz. The drivers are supposedly the same, so this is a little surprising to me.

    The issue I'm having is with the dialog in movies. No matter how Audyssey sets everything up, dialog is very hard to hear. I've turned the center channel up 5db with no perceptible change.  The speaker is at ear level, pointed at the primary listening position and not confined inside a cabinet...

    Any tips for Audyssey setup that would help?

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    Chris Kyriakakis

    Hi Chuck,

    It's very common to have identical speakers measure differently.  Their placement in the room is what causes these differences.  That's the whole point of measuring!

    Some content is poorly mixed and the center channel can be muffled.  One way around that is to turn on Audyssey Dynamic Volume.  Then turn up the AVR master volume to where you prefer the dialog to be.  Dynamic Volume will make sure that nothing gets too loud above that.

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    Chuck Hansen

    I guess I should clarify a bit. Instead of hard to hear, I should have said muddy, unintelligible. Volume wise it is loud enough, just not clear.

    I do understand not all sound tracks are mixed equally. I have tried several different DVD and Blu-Ray discs, yet they all sound the same....Muddy dialog....

    I could understand this if I had purchased a $500 Home Theater in a Box setup, but, I've got about 4k in the audio setup alone....I think it should sound better...

    Just looking for any tips that might help.

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    Chris Kyriakakis

    I am concerned about your tweeters in the speaker.  If they are not working then all the high frequency content will be lost and then dialog will be muddy.  Can you please make sure they are working?  

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    Chuck Hansen

    I'll have to figure out how exactly to do that....I'll check as best I can...

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    Chris Kyriakakis

    Best way is to play some content (music is probably best) and carefully put your ear against the tweeter to hear the very high frequencies.  

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    Chuck Hansen

    I tried some music (CD & SACD) and the high frequencies seem to be good.

    Right now I'm watching the football game with the surround system on, dialog is good.

    Perhaps my OPPO BDP-103 is at fault? or ???

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    Chris Kyriakakis

    That would be pretty odd. I'm running out of ideas...

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    Thomas Mauceri

    Chris

    I just received the Def Tech 8060s and my question is the following. I bought  the 8060s to run as a full range speaker, no subwoofer connection, to listen to music in stereo in the pure/direct mode with the Audessey Flat curve for EQ. I have a Denon 2309ci AVR and am no stranger to Audyssey. I have a Def Tech Prosub 1000 (which I'm using for the LFE channel), a 1040 cnter and surrounds and ran Audyssey for a 5.1 system. I set the bass levels to the 12 o'clock position on the 8060s assuming audyssey would return a flat EQ for the towers relative to the bass setting. Am I correct? I am still tweaking, but am fairly happy. In 5.1 it sounds great in pure stereo with Aud Flat curve very good, maybe a tinge bottom heavy. Any suggestions? 

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