Originally Posted by LBJ2
Hello: Yes IMO you have to spend a little more time adjusting this system and using the right cables then the previous Sony Sound Bars.
Couple of things to check:
- Use only marked "High Speed" HDMI cables ( that means 1.3 a, b, c or 1.4) for all your connections.
- Try turning off Aduio DRC.
- Try turning on/off your night mode.
- Do adjust the Bass, Treble tone levels ( separate from the SW or CNT settings).
- Make sure your TV speakers are turned off completely and your TV is set to output sound to the Audio System ( 550W)
- Do output audio from Bluray/PS3 in Bitstream not PCM( You can check this on the receiver display--you should see DTS/Dolby displayed not LPCM ). I noticed a significant difference in clarity and detail when sending DTS HD via Bitstream from my bluray player to the 550W.
- Change the position of the sound bar--sometimes the cabinet itself can cause distortion e.g., surround wood, glass, metal etc.
- Change the position of the S/W
- Test this system with a Bluray disk DTS or Dolby. (Some broadcast programming from radio, OTA, cable or satellite just sound terrible no matter what.)
The above seem to make the biggest difference from those I have chatted with on the various forums as well as the product comments on Amazon.com. Hopefully some of these will help you too. Let me know.
Hi again LBJ2,
I've followed most of your suggestions and they do help.
I had my audiophile friend come over for his input, the first issue he brought up was the lack of left/right speaker controls. Maybe because of this, or just because it's a soundbar with L/R speakers so close together, there isn't much of a stereo effect.
He was sufficiently impressed with the audio from Underworld and the Matrix (DVD, not BR) lobby and helicopter scenes, but slightly put off by the audio in the DVD menu until we switched soundfield from Movie (where menu audio loop was terribly hollow-sounding) to stereo or standard. Obviously one normally wouldn't stay too long in the menu system, but he noted his own system automatically switches sound fields if the channels aren't available.
He also confirmed what others said about soundbars in general: they sound much better higher up. It normally site slightly elevated off my TV table (0.5m above floor), but when I held it up against the wall above the TV about 1.3m (4'4") high, he said it made a huge difference.
A non-audio issue: I have the S/W under a small table by the couch, but there is faint ozone or other chemical smell whenever it's on, and especially noticeable during/after heavy bass. If I'm watching TV more than an hour, I start to get a headache. I thought it would disappear after using it awhile, like new car smell, but it hasn't happened yet. I had put the S/W there because it didn't add clutter to the room, and it was nice to have the bass effect next to me, but is there a better/proper place to put the S/W?
And for that matter, is there an "sweet spot" distance between the soundbar and your ears?