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My first real audio setup.

Hi

I finally went out and got a decent setup for my house. It's 3.1 setup right now and when I get some more money I'll finish it off with a amp and 2 rear surround.

Denon AVR-X2100w

B&W CM8 S2

B&W CM Centre 2 S2

SVS SB-2000 Sub

Any good tips on boosting dialogue in movies ? I have a big mid tone loss in my left ear and I have a hard time hearing the dialogue in movies.



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Can you seperate your L and R speakers more? they are too close together...other than that, good looking system and some nice, neutral speakers!

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Can you seperate your L and R speakers more? they are too close together...other than that, good looking system and some nice, neutral speakers!
Yes I'm going to try to space them out 7-8 Feet as suggested from my friend too.

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I am assuming you ran the auto calibration for your receiver already.

What were the settings it set for the speakers?

You can always boost the center channel 3db on the receiver menu it might help. Also check the crossover for the center. I wouldn't go lower than 80hz there.
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Hard to tell how far back in the stand your center is from the pic but you might try moving the center out as far as you can and see if that helps.
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I am assuming you ran the auto calibration for your receiver already.

What were the settings it set for the speakers? I was going to cut the center off at 80hz too.

You can always boost the center channel 3db on the receiver menu it might help. Also check the crossover for the center. I wouldn't go lower than 80hz there.
I'm going to run the setup once I have everything in place.



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Hard to tell how far back in the stand your center is from the pic but you might try moving the center out as far as you can and see if that helps.
I can try that as well.
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Run Audyssey.
Boost the Dialogue Level from your center channel a few dB.
Set Dynamic Compression to medium or high.
Turn Cinema EQ on to soften the upper treble range.
If those don't work, adjust the graphic equalizer. Try rolling off a little at 63Hz if there is too much bass that muddies the dialogue. Try boosting from 1kHz to 4kHz to improve intelligibility and clarity. Boosting at 4kHz will add some brightness.
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Try to angle your center channel up - making sure that the tweeter is aiming for your ears. That might help

Also, look into acoustic treatments (Gik Acoustics, Real Traps, etc.).

Good looking B&Ws, btw.

Yippee-ki-yay...
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Try setting the crossover for the center channel to 100 or more to see if that helps.
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Looks like I have a lot of testing to do tonight and thanks for all the advice guys.
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Not to hijack the topic, but at what levels should the frequencies for the center speaker be set at?
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I ran the setup and added the +3db in the center channel and it was a big improvement. I'm thinking about adding a amp down the road but my current Denon AVR-X2100w doesn't have preamp outs. Do you think I should return this current unit and switch to the Onkyo TX-NR828 with preouts?

Current: http://www.crutchfield.com/p_033AVX2...2100w&skipvs=T

Onkyo TX-NR828

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_580TXN8...NR828&skipvs=T
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If you see an additional outside amp in your near future certainly upgrade.

Have you had to turn the volume up quite high on your Denon to get the audio you want? It should have enough power given the sensitvity of your 8ohm speaker of 88db-89db.

Your towers are only rated up to 150watts RMS.
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If you see an additional outside amp in your near future certainly upgrade.

Have you had to turn the volume up quite high on your Denon to get the audio you want? It should have enough power given the sensitvity of your 8ohm speaker of 88db-89db.

Your towers are only rated up to 150watts RMS.
I'm watching TV and listening to music at 60-75 volume level on the Denon.
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Try Crazyrobs suggestion and boost the center channel 3db. I have mine boosted 3db and it sounds great.

Receiver - Denon 4311CI
Speakers - Klipsch RF-82 II rest coming soon
Subs - Rythmik FV15HP's
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I'm watching TV and listening to music at 60-75 volume level on the Denon.
What were the settings that Audyssey set you speakers at? Sometimes Audyssey can set the speakers a bit wrong.

Sorrt but volume 60-75 means little to me (do not turn the the receiver to max while playing audio but what is the max level). To have have Decible(db) meter to see how loud your speakers are?

I rarely have had to even turn up my under powered receiver to more than 50%
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