byofuel Posted April 30, 2021 Share Posted April 30, 2021 Hi -- I am primarily a stereo listener and have had great results with my 3A Signatures + a pair of 2wq subwoofers (and a pair of VSM-1s not yet installed, now using some temporary rear speakers). But, I'm gradually finding some multi-channel recordings that are worth hearing and have picked up some MC equipment at prices I can justify (Theta Casablanca III with a Six-shooter, Sony for MC SACD). My interest is still primarily music, movie soundtracks don't do much for me. However, I'm trying to figure out how to make best use of my various Vandersteens for multi-channel. With this setup, I have set up my MC sources to mix to 4 channels only (since I do not yet have a center speaker). I am also following Richard Vandersteen's recommended setup for the subwoofers by setting up a 6db Butterworth crossover on the Casablanca, so each sub picks up the left and right front. The problem is that I've acquired a Cambridge Audio azur Blu-ray player, and just discovered that it will only output 5.1, not a 4-channel mix like the Casablanca. I have a 5-channel Theta Dreadnaught amp so I plan on getting a center speaker that will be driven by its 5th channel. However, I'm confused about how to handle the .1 LFE channel. If I understand correctly, there is bass on all channels that should be directed to the subwoofers, not just the .1 LFE channel, and that is why the subs are connected inline with the front speaker channels. Is there a short term arrangement I can use to get 5.1 working from Blu-ray, and what would the ideal long-term solution be? Should I get a separate subwoofer amp and run the .1 channel through that to one of my subwoofers, and use the other sub the same as it is now (combining left & right front)? Or are there other options I should consider? Thanks! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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