Originally Posted by darenwh
I would hold off on replacing the speakers until after you try another AVR. Back in January I purchased a used set of Phase Tech speakers to include 2 Velocity 12's, the Velocity 6 center channel, and a Phase Tech 10" sub. I connected these to my receiver and old speakers (Acoustic Research being used as surrounds) had issues with dialogue in movies not being as clear as I would like. I also noted that they seemed unable to hold up when played at higher volumes or when a more dynamic part of a movie would occur. The receiver I was using was a Sony DG510 receiver with 100 watts per channel. This is a newer Sony receiver with HDMI inputs. Just an FYI, some companies measure watts per channel in 2 channel mode, not 5 channel mode. I do not know if Sony is one that does this. Anyways, I wanted to get a different reveiver to replace the Sony as I felt it was the issue. I finally got my chance when Costco started selling the Pioneer SC-1522K for $599.00. Well, to make a long story short, using the new receiver gave me much cleaner dialogue and allows me to run the speakers at higher volumes with no issues at all. So, based on my experience with Phase Tech speakers and a newer Sony receiver I would recommend replacing the Sony, not the phase techs. That said, if you do decide to replace the Phase Techs give me a shout out at darenwh at hotmail or yahoo so I can make you an offer on the surrounds. I would love to replace my AR's with them.
FYI: I don't have anywhere near the knowledge of most on this board but that's my experience and information given is based on my limited knowledge that just happens to be on similar equipment to what you are using. As the advice is free remember you get what you pay for...
Another point: The center channel is responsible for the largest amount of dialogue and will be driven to higher levels than other speakers when watching a movie with a surround track. As that is the situation, if the receiver is trying to push it hard but does not have the b..., um, capabilities to push the speaker to the volume it's trying to while pushing the other four speakers in the system then that is where you will first hear the poor performance and hissing. For that reason it does not surprise me that is where you are hearing the worst issues. That doesn't prove that there is nothing wrong with that speaker, there still could be, it just explains why that is where you may be hearing the worst issues.
my sony 830 is 130 watts per channel, that is 7 channels at 130 watts each
Originally Posted by Fr. John
Thanks for posting. That's encouraging and I really do think I'm going to start with a new AVR.
Fr. John sorry for not watching the forum lately other wise I might have helped here.
but to get the sound you want you have to go into the menu and select the speaker set up you have.
7.1 could be 4:3.2
the difference between the 820 and the 830 is you have two sub outputs as far as I know...I have one.
now for getting the full sound out that you want BR deck should be set for PCM audio out.
the disney WOW disc if you could afford it might help, as it helps you find if speakers are out of phase too.
it has a room filling 7.1 audio as it's sound setup.
as for HDMI sony specified 1.4a was used as in and out put. mine,bluray goes PCM through to my AVR and to the TV
and feeds back to the AVR over the HDMI.
PS I have seen where you tried the sony 1000 series. they are about the same for set up. the 1000 series has more power
and a different GUI set up.....but they operate about the same. it took me a while of stumbling around to
figure mine out......not many here on AVSforum like sony but my old 1980 still works 4 channel.
just in case you were wondering one AVS member had a house meeting of locals for HT discussion.
he had Anthem 500 set up done with some very expensive speakers. my sony with some BIC speakers
sounded much better than his did. i have three BIC Formula FH6-LCR bought from overstock or amazon
should be near the $105 ea. price range used for surround and center. cheapos 20 year old JVC for front L/R high
and old DIY rebuilt onkyo thrusters from the 1980s as front side drivers/with subs replacing the 30hz 12".
let me know if you need help. most of the first 5 pages looked like a bunch of nobody can help BS.