Originally Posted by citsur86
Maybe but not much I can do about that. Hard to believe that's the case though because it doesn't sound like the vocals are getting bounced around or anything like that. They just sound at a lower volume so if I turn the system up to the point where I can easily hear them, at louder scenes the volume is VERY loud. There just seems to be huge swings in volume depending on the scene. Maybe I can try to capture it in a video.
Currently since I'm not using a subwoofer I have fronts, center, and surrounds set to Large speakers. Maybe that has something to do with it?
Hehe, welcome to the world of movies. I always crank up volume somewhat below reference until I can hear dialogue reasonably, which usually means, when action scenes come...your head will get blown off. And in untreated room that is a huge issue because combination of direct and reflected sound will be, if nothing else, quite annoying to listen to.
But there are other issues you need to address. Your fronts are too close to the center, thats the other reason why it gets drowned. You need to move those 600s much farther apart, because this way...you have no soundstage at all, I'm sure your music suffers as well. From pictures...I'd go for at least 9 feet apart, maybe even more...not sure if on another side of each window is too far apart...but you can try, and of course toe them in.
Second mistake you made is that you run all speakers at full range and have no sub. Thats horrible because center and surronds cant handle lows. Your fronts kinda can...so, all speakers to small except front floorstanders, keep them at large, and then set crossover at say...80 Hz for starters.
Third problem you have is that those fronts (683s I assume, I had those once), have somewhat bloated bass, and keeping them close to back wall reinforces it, probably making upper frequencies muddy...hopefully MCACC does something about it, but still would be nice to move them away from back wall although I assume that might not be an option.
And to end the essay, try what Kini62 said...leave fronts in place, kill center and let fronts handle dialogue. I had the same fronts and I am of opinion that they can make a wonderful phantom center, especially that close together (even better then matching center in not so great room