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Old 02-17-2013, 02:01 PM   #1
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Default A few questions on my Onkyo 809

Hey guys I need some assistance with a couple things. First off my My Polk Audio Monitors are 8ohm but in the Onkyo setup it only offers 4 and 6 ohm. Right now it's on 6ohm. What do I need to do to get the speakers to run in 8 ohm or should I just leave it in 6? In the manual it does specify 8 ohm.

Since I'm only running a 5.1 setup right now I can bi-amp the Monitor 70's. Will I see much improvement or should I just leave it the way it is?

And lastly when listening to music such as Slacker Radio I typically do Stereo with Music Optimizer enabled since I think it's only at 192kbps. Is there a better sounding setup? What about when listening to FLAC or CD's? Should I just run it in Stereo?

Edit: I see it says to use 6ohm if it's between 6 and 16ohm.
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:05 PM   #2
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Hey guys I need some assistance with a couple things. First off my My Polk Audio Monitors are 8ohm but in the Onkyo setup it only offers 4 and 6 ohm. Right now it's on 6ohm. What do I need to do to get the speakers to run in 8 ohm or should I just leave it in 6? In the manual it does specify 8 ohm.

Since I'm only running a 5.1 setup right now I can bi-amp the Monitor 70's. Will I see much improvement or should I just leave it the way it is?

And lastly when listening to music such as Slacker Radio I typically do Stereo with Music Optimizer enabled since I think it's only at 192kbps. Is there a better sounding setup? What about when listening to FLAC or CD's? Should I just run it in Stereo?

Edit: I see it says to use 6ohm if it's between 6 and 16ohm.
Bi-amping from the receiver will achieve less performance because you will be using more channels at less watts per channels, it may be a small improvement when listening to 2 channel music but I doubt it.

Personally I don't like the sound of the Music Optimizer, I usually just use Stereo mode or sometimes a surround DSP such as PLIIz Height when I'm in the mood for surround Music.

Its all about personal preference.
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Personally, I have always found that there is a huge difference in sound between any surround mode and even "stereo" mode. In using both an Onkyo and a Marantz receiver i have found that the best mode is "Direct" mode. Different companys have different names for it. It has nothing to do with the amp. It seems that anytime the receiver has to take a two channel mix and make it more than that, I have found that there is lack of clarity. Not that these other mixes are not good or fun but when you go direct, you typically are hearing a more natural sound.

Just my two cents. Good Luck!
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