When I bought the system, I wasn't sure what to expect from a $150 1000W home theater system. I wanted to enhance the sound I was getting from my TV. I was pleasantly suprised.
When I took the subwoofer out of the box, I thought... "This is awfully light, it must weight three or four pounds max. I wonder how it will sound? " Well, after I got the system assembled, in the 3.1 configuration, which was very easy, as all of the wires are color-coded, I gave it a test run using my TV as the input. I thought that I must have made a mistake, as I could barely hear anything. Then I noticed that the volume on my TV was set at 3 (with a max of 63) and the volume on the receiver was at 25 (with a max of 50). So, I turned up the volume on the receiver to max, and the TV to about 20 and I noticed that the sound from the TV was nicely and unobtrusively supplemented. Then I switched the input on the receiver to VCR and put Top-gun in my DVD player and ... BOOM!!!! The system came alive! I was totally suprised at the amount of sound coming from the satellites and the amount of bass from the "lightweight" subwoofer. Then I turned the volume on the receiver down to 30, which is plenty loud, if you are at all concerned with preserving your hearing. So, now I have this big grin on my face, as I think... Let's try music! So, I connected my MP3 player, with the MP3 player volume set to 22 (out of 25) and the receiver on 30. I played music from Hip-Hop, Classical, Reggae, Contemporary Country, Pop, Easy Listening, Electronica/Dance, Big Band/Swing, and House genres. It all sounded great! I even get decent radio reception. The news on AM channels sound pretty good also. The sound got even better when I went through and configured the system, according to the directions. My personal preference is to use the Church setting for all music types (it plays the music through the rear channels at the same volume as the front channels.
Now I have only used the TV, VCR, Line-In, and USB inputs, as I only have RCA cabling. Since my DishNetwork DVR and DVD player both feed into my VCR, which feeds the TV, I didn't think it was necessary to get the extra cabling.
When connecting a USB Flash MP3 player to USB input, all of the songs were easily accessble via the remote.
I must admit, I have not use all of the available functionality, but what I have used, I like.
I placed the system in my 13 x 17 family room, which is off of the dining area in my kitchen, has a cathedral ceiling, and has a loft that overlooking it. (In other words, the room is open.) The system fills the room, as well as the rest of the house (to my wife's dismay) with great sound. If i turn the volume on the receiver up to 30, using the VCR or Line-Input as the input, I can listen to the TV or music while in the shower. It's totallly cool!
When my wife is around, I use the TV setting. The key is to turn the volume on the receiver to max. That way you can control the volume with the TV remote. Of course, if you want to get the full effect, use the VCR input.
Oh yeah, did I mention that this system is great!
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