If this is true, the (shamefully) should be placed on the Mac...not the M&K. I'll try to dig-up some info. on your gear..I have no first hand experience with it.
I found your manual, your factory defalt settings are small speakers. Page 26/27 tells you how to change these settings to large/small/none along with sub on/off/delay and X-over settings.
That is a very big manual and you will need to read it over several times to fully understand it I would think.
Very nice setup you have there but complicated for those with little experience. You should be very happy once you figure it all out.
Thanks for the shot of confidence (I do so love to read the manuals more than once:)). I guess the biggest problem is with the Theater i, not having the same dynamics as the Odysseys. It is really no problem changing the settings, but if I go small, everything (L-R_C) below 150Hz (or as set) heads for the sub, if I go big, the way I'm reading it is, I'm going to lose out on everything below 35Hz (LFE gets routed to the large speakers). Way I'm reading it, unless there is some way (which the answer is probably not - see note 1, pg 25 of manual) to just send LFE from the center below cut off for the center only, I'll either have to rely on boomy/muddy/non-responsive bass of the M&K (nothing against M&Ks they are great sub-bass for a lesser system), or loose the center channel LFEs (should be routed to the MLs if set on large - will see if bass response of MLs will be good enough). Of course other potential solution (and probably the right one) is to loose the M&K for something better and go small.
Again really appreciate advice - the manual is a very large and system is full of nice suprises. Can't wait to test the "pure analog" by-pass on the system in the stereo mode. I do love the engineers at "Mac", they think of just about everything.
Something to remember: LFE is always there as long as the sub is set to on..it has nothing to do with your other speaker settings. Any speaker set to small will have it's bass freq's below the X-over point you have set sent to the sub in addition to the LFE.
Speaker (size) settings is only a bass management tool for those that do not have full-range speakers in every position. LFE (.1) is a channel of discrete information that is recorded into the soundtrack as are the others.
You can e-mail me if you need any help
In response to: see note 1, pg 25 of manual
That only will happen if the sub is turned OFF, you will have it turned ON. Take another read. Also read page 27 (MC Bass Mode), defalt is OFF but could want to try ON also for the heck of it. Also, your unit has bass/treble controls...the bass control could be of some use if you need to add some role-off to your large mains.
Nice unit, I wish I had it here to play with!!
You are absolutely right on and thank you for taking time out of your day to look into this. I carefully read the Bass Mode section you pointed me to. This will probably work great for the Theater mode, albeit, I'll have some over lap between the Sub and the L-R (i.e. the Theateri drops sharply at 70hz and the Oddesseys at 35hz). If I'm reading this right though, I might be able to adjust down for Stereo mode and/or completely turn off the Sub in settings where response is more critical, which you are right, is going to be fun to play with.
My Oddesseys arrived today and I hooked them up to my Parasound theater system for a test drive (and to start the break in). They are extremely bright as advertised, but unbelievebly crystal clean. I played Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells and Michel Murray arrangement of Bach's Toccata & Fugue in D minor; simply unbelievable detail. I can't wait for the Mac to show up (and the bass to break-in on the MLs). This is going to be a lot of fun.
I'll let you know how it takes shape, when the rest of the hardware arives.
Dave - keep in touch, I want some updates on your theater as it takes full and center stage.