Ok. I think @Mr. Afternoon already clarified it. The alternatives are about how he (or other mixer) should mix, produce and deliver the multichannel music.It seems the poll question is about one’s setup, whether it be static or modified for individual listening sessions, but so far, I’ve had no clarification. That’s my ongoing question, along with “what’s the use of a channel when it’s silent?”
Normally, we have setup our system in a permanent manner, either with or without SUB, either with Bass Management or Not, Depending on the amount and kind of speakers we have.
If you have limited range speakers, you will probably have Bass Management enabled for your SUB. If the mixer deliver a mix with LFE channel silent, the bass content will be on fronts channel and will go to your SUB via Bass Management. (No bass content is lost).Not all the stuff that isn’t music can be played through limited range speakers. If the content is below 40 Hz, it goes through my sub, and if it’s silenced, I’ll miss it. Yeah, obvious, but we seem to be talking past each other for some reason.
It is the LFE channel silent in the mix, not that you have to 'silent' your SUB.
Or maybe the poll question is about one’s preferred mixes - I still don’t know. As noted, I originally assumed it meant one’s physical setup, and that’s how I voted, but without more information, I remain confused as to what the poll is asking about.
Yes, the poll is about our preferred mixes, as the way of mixing 5.1 music is not standardized.
My only concern is about LFE signal delayed with respect to the Fronts bass. That can cause bass cancelations in the room. Thats why, to avoid that problem, some says it would be better to put all the bass in the fronts channels and nothing in the LFE channel. Either 5.1 with LFE silenced (for compatibility 6 channels) or 5.0 (only 5 channels that could mess an old receiver).
But, in any case, you will get all the produced bass either from the full range front speakers, or from the SUB. Or even duplicated if you activate a setting of LFE+Fronts, at least in the Denon.