I know that surround sound for HT is not supposed to be too obvious but I'm afraid that our surrounds are just too subtle. Right now we are running 5.1 driven off our Denon 5420CI. The fronts and center are Kilpsch Reference bookshelf speakers about 10 years old (RSX4/RCX4 IIRC); the surrounds are Niles ICS 7 inch in ceilings (a choice driven by the open concept design of the space.) There doesn't seem to be much surround at all as just about everything seems to be coming from the front soundstage (which sounds very good).
I'm concerned that the surrounds will suffer even more when my new speakers arrive - Philharmonic 3's for the front L/R and a Philharmonitor used as a center.
FWIW, the in-ceiling surrounds are about a foot behind and a foot to either side of the main listening position. I'm not sure if this is 'curable' with adjusting the levels to the rears or if it's indicative of the surrounds being 'over-matched' (which will only get worse with he new speakers).
Set up #1: EMP e5ti, e5Ci, and SLS Q line Audio surrounds, Outlaw LFM1 Plus sub, EMP 10i10i sub
Set up #2: Def Tech SM450, CLR2002, SLS Qline surrounds and Klipsch 12wD sub
Set up #3: JBL130, JBL120C and Klipsch synergy sub
Also, making sure the receiver is set to the proper surround format
Also the Klipsch is more sensitive, and will play louder with less watts
Check the volume level, and bring the surround level up higher, to match
the front level with test tones - even if you do it by ear to begin with.
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Speakers > MB Quart VS05, Boston VS260, Snell K7
Subwoofer > Mordaunt Short Aviano 7
Receiver > Tascam PAR-200, Pioneer VSX-30
Hadn't thought about the sensitivity so that makes sound. The AVR is set correctly. It does have AudessyXT32 but the cord wasn't long enough from where the AV closet is to where the main position is. I'll check the volume level and see how that works out.
I recommend you get an extension cord for your calibration microphone and use it. It should be fairly cheap.