Originally Posted by dan711
The manual is not that great. I understand it but sometimes I had to re-read a section a couple of times.
welcome to Denon, that is the truth
Not Denon specific, but when are receiver manufacturers going to space the speaker terminals further apart? Everytime I purchase a new one I end up cussing it for 30 minutes while connecting speaker wire.
there's not a lot of real estate on the back panel of a multichannel receiver -- invest in banana plugs
that is a life saver if you swap units fairly regularly.
So far I don't care much for Dynamic EQ. With it engaged there is a bloated bass sound filling the front of the room. Perhaps more tweaking is neccessary.
first off, Dynamic EQ just sounds really weird when you first use it, so you may just want to give it some time.
second, what source did you notice the "bloat"? the best way to test if you like the effect is with a good movie on DVD or Blu-Ray, since you know that is mixed at the precise reference levels which Dynamic EQ is designed for.
If you experience "bass bloat" with Dynamic EQ on other sources, especially cable TV, you can tame down the aggressiveness of the "boost" by setting the "Dynamic EQ Reference Level Offset". This is set in the "Audio Adjust" menu under "Audyssey Settings" (see pg 75 of the manual).
I have a fuller explanation on my website (in the Audyssey section of the FAQ) but the short and skinny is, the way Dynamic EQ works is by assuming that "0" on the volume dial is "reference level" and then, when the volume drops below "0", it adjusts the tonal balance to compensate for the loss of bass and surround impression which occurs at lower volumes. By setting the reference level offset to, for example, 10dB, you will essentially "trick" Dynamic EQ into trying to maintain a reference that is 10dB softer, so the boost to the bass and surrounds will be less aggressive. Instead of the volume being at, say, "-30dB", you will now be at "-20dB" for the same amount of "loudness", so Dynamic EQ won't act as aggressively because you are closer to "0" on the volume dial.
Good quality movies should sound perfect without the offset; with your cable box you will probably want to play with a -10 or -15 setting. You may also need that with music, as a lot of music is recording "hot" and without a lot of dynamic range and can sound very bloaty with Dynamic EQ.