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When to set your speakers to Large.

OrionPax36
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This is the question probably every asks: When to set the 1723 THX to Large

When you are driving the 1723 THx speakers I would recommend using a separate amp that can handle the 4ohm output of the speakers.

I always had them set to small and the bass output was mmeeh but I noticed a big jump on the bass output of these speakers when I set them to Large.

What do you all have yours set to please reply

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Mariusmssj
Hero

99% of the time you want your speakers set to small since subwoofer will be taking care of lower frequencies below the crossover that you have set. And this is a good thing. Subwoofer will be far more efficient at producing lower frequencies than your speakers would, it has an active amplifier which means it take load away from your main amplifier making it run cooler and having more juice to power the main speakers.

One reason for having your speakers set to large would be if you didn’t have subwoofer. “SOME” purists say that stereo music should only be listened with two speakers and no subwoofer and in that case yes you would have speakers set to large BUT I don’t quite believe that to be the case.

tldr: 99% of the time use small, unless you don’t have a subwoofer :)

OrionPax36
Hero

I love your answer and thank you. I will set my towers to small. Snd frequencies down to 40Hx maybe up to 80Hz depends on if I need a little more bass from the subs.

OrionPax36
Hero

I am using two Starke Sounds SW12’s they are great subs but nothing like SVS. I am going to get the Arendals subs later on.

Mariusmssj
Hero

Oh then definitely set them to small and use crossover or 80Hz as that’s a good balanced point

Mikal
Hero

I go back and forth – I have a small room with dual subs and currently have my towers set to large. When I run them small I crossover at 80 across the board. Much better after I added an external amp to power the towers/bed layer.

1961 Series.

OrionPax36
Hero

Mikal, yeah the benefit of adding an external amp is more headroom with your speakers. I do go back and forth with Large and small, I noticed with just two channel listening its best to set the the towers to Large and no sub on as I find it more neutral with the music. However for gaming and movies, small is best for those subsonic levels of bass that your towers cant do. There are some Pros that like there towers set to large and some say small is the best way. I say which ever sounds best to your ears is what you should go with.

danmarchio
Hero

It also depends on how your processor handles bass management. Bass response is very difficult to get it consistent in a room. Adding more speakers producing bass can cause additional issues if not managed properly. It’s easiest to just correct for the subs you have and run 80hz for the other speakers.

Mariusmssj
Hero

@danmarchio the bass frequencies are 90% controlled by the room and this is control is really hard. A single sub will have room modes which still cause issues this is why dual sub setups are highly recommended. I use minidsp 2x4HD to control my 4 subwoofers. Further more I use multi sub optimiser to get them integrated properly to work together and results have been phenomenal.

In general for music it’s better set the speakers to large and don’t use the sub, for movies it’s better set the speakers to small with a crossover around 80hz and a good sub.

Also setting the speakers to large will stress the power amp more, so it’s not suggested if you’re using an average AVR to drive the speakers.

Jared Beskow
Community Member

I set my speakers to small and have the 1723 tower speakers with an external amp. For any individuals who prefer the large setting when listening to music one quick and easy method is to do “Direct” on most receivers as it will bypass the bass management and if you are listening to stereo it will bypass the bass management of the LFE subwoofer assuming you are using the LFE connection from the receiver. It can usually be fine with 1 button. Then you can change back to surround format.

Brandon
Customer Support

I am running 1723 Tower S and I have them set to small crossed at 80Hz. Whenever a subwoofer is in play it’s almost 99% of the time best to run small to get great sub integration. When I do listen to records I do what Jared suggested above and go Pure Direct for 2 channels.

OrionPax36
Hero

Thats awesome Brandon, yeah I have three subs in my room and have my receivers crossover to 60Hz and to be honest I have found the sweet spot with the 1723 THX towers with those subs. I have one sub ( SVS ) in the front left corner, one on about 1/2 way on the left side of the room crossed over to in the sub about 70Hz and the last sub on in the back right corner ( same Xover ) firing 180’. That gave me the best blend and even amount of bass throughout my room.

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