I picked up a pair of B&W 686 S2s over the weekend, and the matching center channel speaker (can't rememeber model number off hand) to finish off a home theater system that previously looked great but sounded like crap. I'm driving the speakers with a 2007 Onkyo TX-SR605, and possibly adding an older Sony subwoofer to pick up any extra bass that the speakers don't handle.
- What should I be doing to optimize my sound quality? Other than using Onkyo's built-in mic to locate the position of the speakers relative to the sitting area, I'm not enough of an audiophile to fine-tune the system by ear. It certainly sounds WAY better than the theater-in-a-box that I used to have... but I wouldn't really know if I was only getting 50% performance out of them or something. Any tips/tricks?
- What settings should I use for my subwoofer? There's a normal/inverted switch... a frequency dial... and a volume dial. (The volume I can do by ear.)
- Lastly, would it be a waste to use my old Kenwood theater-in-a-box speakers as surround speakers? Will they just muddy the sound?
(BTW -- We won't be using the system for music much -- mainly Blu-Ray, streaming movies, videogames, etc.)