So, I'm still waiting for a decent deal (and a few paychecks) until I spring for a system.
I've a few random questions while I'm still shopping:
1) If I were to find that dialog through a center speaker were not very clear, would turning up the volume on the center speaker only (assuming you can do that) be the only way to hear dialog?
2) The tower speakers usually have some sort of bass due to the way they are designed. With a subwoofer, would the receiver know that there was one connected? If so, then does it give all of the bass duties to the sub? Or does the tower still do bass duty?
3) Is there a sticky thread that tells you how to properly break in speakers and subs? What if I can't play music at a moderate volume 24/7 or even while I'm away at work? Could I make due with a lower volume for a longer break in period?
Even if I don't have my speakers yet, it can't hurt to know what to do next, right?
1) You can raise the level of the Center Channel Speaker on the fly with most receivers. I have never owned a receiver where that has not been the case. Mind you that at loud levels, if your amplification is lacking, raising the level could lead to distortion.
2) With modern receivers, there is a speaker setup page on the setup menu. On this page, it asks you which speakers you have (Front Left, Center, Front Right, Surround Left, Surround Right, Surround Back left, Surround back Right, and Subwoofer) and the size of the speaker. (Large or Small)
Most receivers actually do this for you now via Audyssey, MCACC (Pioneer) et al. Through test tones via a microphone it determines the distance, level and size of the speakers. With floorstanders, you can run them full range, but most cross all speakers over at 80 Hz when using a subwoofer. If you do not have a subwoofer, this is not the case.
3) I am not sure if there is a sticky, but just take it easy for the first 50-100 hours. From there, spend time learning the sound and abilities of your system. Pay special attention while playing at higher volumes for compression and distortion. If the sound is starting to sound distorted, immediately turn down the volume.