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What Receiver Settings do You Use for Music CDs?

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I went with a 5.1 system for High Definition TV watching as well as DVD watching.
The music concerts are esp. good in DTS or 5.1 Dolby.

But what do you listen to your old (or new) music CD's in?

I just used 2 speaker mode at first at that is likely what they were first designed for, but my receiver (H-K) has so many options.

Which settings give good results? Or do many of them just channel the same stuff through the fronts, centers, rears, etc?
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I listen in either Stereo or Pure direct modes for the most part although pure direct disables the sub and I like the extra low end extension that I get with the sub on. I may the odd time use DTS NEO:6 or THX Music modes when I want a more enveloping sound.
I would like to know if I could hook up a subwoofer to play both LFE and stereo music with the pure audio mode. In the Pure Audio mode only the left and right channels play.
If you have a receiver with pre outs it can be done, You would need to use the sub's built in crossover and settings to blend it in properly with the mains but its very doable. The big issue is you would have to turn it off when using the other listening modes.
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