Originally Posted by davelittle
I’m a new owner of the RS20i, and I’m hoping to get some wisdom from some of you experienced members.
First, some observations:
A couple of negatives observations -
1. I suspect the manual was originally written in Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, translated by Greek monks, then years later translated to Czech, and then finally English. Some of the clarity may have been lost in translation (LOL). It appears to be several software versions behind as the menus don’t match up. Also, it was written from the perspective of someone setting up there own unit, not so much from the perspective of someone who just wants to use the unit.
2. I also have the issue where there is no volume when firing up the unit. The Datasat gentlemen who calibrated it thought perhaps this was due to a hardware defect,. After reading the forum here, I am convinced it’s the HDMI handshake issue some of you have discussed.
The positive observation-
This thing sounds amazing!!! Eargazmically amazing! Every time I sit down to listen to it, I’m mesmerized.
So, now I’m hoping to ask some newbie questions:
1. On the main screen, pressing the Surround button, brings you to the page for processing options. In my case, I have a 7.1 system, so the options are None, DTS Neo, and Dolby PL Iix. Are these options for 2 channel sources only?
2. When, in 2 channel sources, I select either DTS Neo or Dolby PL Iix, I’m getting sound only out of the left and right speakers. Should I be getting sound from my surrounds as well?
3. What is DRC. What do the three options, On, Off, and especially On/True HD Auto do?
4. What about LFE Adjust: the three options DTS+10dB, PCM +0dB, and Dolby +10dB
5. Under Dolby PLIIx, what does Panorama On/Off do?
6. If I change the SPL levels of the speakers in one input, it seems to change them in several inputs?
7. On the main screen, it shows EQ and Output Presets. Can someone explain what exactly these mean?
In advance, thanks!
Congrats on your purchase, good to hear you are enjoying it. I'll try and answer your questions in brief with what I know.
1. PLIIz and Neo:X should work on all input channel quantities from mono and stereo, to 2.1-5.1 tracks, and upmix to use all 8 of your channels. If you want to add front height speakers, both will upmix to these too.
2. This will depend on how the bass management is set up for that input. Go to Output Preset - Bass Management to change the speaker config.
3. Dynamic Range Compression - as Jeff says best left alone unless you have to listen at very low volume.
4. If all speakers are properly calibrated then these should be left as they are since the LFE signals in Dolby and DTS material will be naturally down by 10dB as encoded. If bass is too strong in your room I would adjust via the Audio Levels screen rather than change these settings.
5. This is a processing algorithm that attempts to widen the size of the front soundstage. Set based on personal preference, but I would guess most people leave it off.
6. The audio levels are stored within an EQ profile. So if several inputs use the same EQ profile any adjustment to the levels will affect all inputs using that profile. You can create new profiles (including by copying from an existing one) and have levels and other settings different in each one, then when in the Home screen, tapping on the EQ indicator at the top will allow you to change between EQ profiles on the fly.
7. As mentioned above EQ profiles contain EQ settings, the Output Preset contains things such as bass management and speaker channel routing settings.