The Rotel is a better amplifier than the Pioneer, especially with B&W 3-way speakers, like the CM7 or 9. They have an impedance dip to about 3.2 ohms at the woofer-midrange crossover, and the Pioneer amps do not drive that dip well. I had this setup, and never liked the sound. The Pioneer actually tripped off with a particular explosion in "Doom", alerting me to a serious amplifier problem. I set the impedance to six ohms, and that helped, but did not make the amp sound better with music. I finally sold the Pioneer and got a Yamaha, which works much better because it is rated for four ohm speakers.I have an SC-37 that is 2 years old. It is great for movies and TV, and above average for music. It replaced a Rotel receiver that was pre HDMI. I think the Rotel sounds better with music, but I love using the HDMI switching on the Pioneer, and not changing the inputs to the TV. I also like to try the various surround modes for movies and music.
I added 2 height speakers last week, and am playing around with that. My configuration is 3 B&W M1's high across the front, 2 B&W CM towers left and right, and 2 B&W M1's up high in the rear, and a super cube 2 sub.
This house has a media room that was prewired, and I finally took advantage of the setup when I added the height speakers in the front and the surrounds in the rear.
I use the auto setup for the room and it works great.
Thanks for the input it wish I checked a bit sooner because the VSX 60 got returned 2 weeks ago. I was hoping to get my original receiver back by now, but since that hasn't happened and I returned the AVR I won't get to tinker with those settings.Prof. said:MCACC has many manual adjustments and can take quite sometime to get to know how to use them..
If you calibrate just using "Full Auto", then you are not going to get the best sound from your receiver..
You will most likely find that full auto has set your speakers to the wrong size, and set incorrect levels to the speakers..It also sets reverb delay to a standard delay..which doesn't necessarily suit your room characteristics..
You also have three choices for the sound format..SYMMETRY..ALL CH ADJ...FRONT ALIGN..
MCACC automatically sets it to Symmetry..but that may not be the best setting for your room..Infact most people prefer ALL CH ADJ..as do I..
Then there's the EQ settings..Generally speaking, what MCACC sets in the 8 band equalizer, rarely is optimum for a well balanced front stage..
If you run the test signal for distance spacing between your LCR speakers, you will also find that it needs some adjustment as well..
There are other manual adjustments required as well, so as you can see, there is a lot of manual adjustment required before you will ever get the best sound out of your Pioneer receiver..But when all these adjustments are set right, your receiver will sing!!