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This is one reason responders have tried to gently push you towards expanding your budget a little. Often lack of clarity is caused by lack of speaker quality. Turning up the volume doesn't bring clarity, it just makes bad sound louder.

SVS is having a great sale on their bookshelf speakers. A 5.0 set is $200 off, at just $399. Throw in a PB-10 NSD and for $800 you'll have a great sound 5.1 system. That will leave you enough to buy a nice receiver.

I have Ascends and an SVS PB-12 NSD. The Ascends are great, but would bust your budget. I've measured my PB-12 NSD in my home theater and it's flat from 17-80hz. It will literally shake the walls even at moderate volume!
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I see what you're saying. Thanks for the encouragement but for now, I think I'll be happy with my setup. Money's a wee bit tight, so a $1200 spree is just right for my current situation. That said, I'll always keep my eyes and ears open towards spending a bit more for the next HT purchase/upgrade.

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It actually is factual from a mechanical perspective.

http://www.audioholics.com/education...act-or-fiction is good overview.

Manufacturers include this so people won't return their speakers. The first few weeks are the adjustment period to new speaker's defects. But there aren't perfect speakers(B&W 802's get close)
so it's to expected.
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Thanks for the link. I'm not sure how much of it I'll understand (especially this late at night), but I've got it bookmarked.

Honestly though, I never thought that speaker break-in would be such a contested subject. I figured if something moves around, there's going to be wear and if there's wear then there'd have to be a break in period, right? Like sneakers? Good thing there's tests that can be done and measured in a mechanical sense.

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At least on my Onkyo, press Channel Select and the level + button to raise the level after choosing Center Channel (each speaker including subwoofer shows up)
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Hello,

Thanks for the tip. It was like that on my old Onkyo HTiB, but that one kept the settings if it was ever adjusted. I'll have to check it out on my new system once everything is set up. SOOO many buttons!

I'll ask again if I can't figure it out or it doesn't work. But for now, it's a start.

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Hi,

A quick update! My speakers came in and I hooked them up last night and briefly tested them a little. My parents are actually visiting me and they said they liked the warmness of the sound. Must be the bass coming from the bookshelves.

I just have the receiver and speakers currently. I'm using the old speaker wires that came with my other system. Today I had more time to play. Played some music CDs, a few snippets of movies, and demoed a game or two. I must say... I REALLY like them. If they sound better as time goes on, it's just icing on the cake. It's perfect for my current needs.

I can't wait to get the rest of my stuff! The subwoofer comes in tomorrow and all of my cables are scheduled to come in -ack- Monday. At least I can temporarily hook everything up to test it and enjoy it too.

Well, back to some more tests!

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I am so happy for you. The Subwoofer is going to add a huge dimension and is a very quality transducer. Enjoy.
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Congrats! Now just sit back and enjoy!

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Hi,

Thanks for the link. I'm not sure how much of it I'll understand (especially this late at night), but I've got it bookmarked.

Honestly though, I never thought that speaker break-in would be such a contested subject. I figured if something moves around, there's going to be wear and if there's wear then there'd have to be a break in period, right? Like sneakers? Good thing there's tests that can be done and measured in a mechanical sense.

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Well new shoes are actually preferred by many athletes so I'm not sure about the shoe thing either.
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Well new shoes are actually preferred by many athletes so I'm not sure about the shoe thing either.
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Interesting. I'd never heard of that before. Well, in my opinion, athletes are a different kind of folk than Average Joes. I was always taught and have heard from everyone who I've encountered, that broken in shoes always feel better than new ones. Maybe that's why some people are hesitant to give up old sneakers? ... What were we talking about again? I suppose in the end, "broken-in things are better" only apply to those who think they do.

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Professional Athletes have shoes which are custom made to their exact foot. At least the big timers do.
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Professional Athletes have shoes which are custom made to their exact foot. At least the big timers do.
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Hm... well that explains it. Does this hold true for people who have speakers and subwoofers custom made as well? Assuming they believe in things being broken-in sounding different, would they prefer only "new" custom built sound equipment?

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