Originally Posted by columbusdjkc
I just bought this receiver and I'm a bit new to Denons. I have a couple of questions if anyone is willing to help.
First off, you should check out my website as I answer a lot of the basic Denon questions. The 4310CI has a lot of advanced functionality that is a little outside the scope of the site, but 90% of the functions and setup will be covered at my site.
I have a 5.1 system with two Klipsch RF-82s an RC62 two RS62s and a THX-12 sub with a KA-1000 amp. Currently on the blu ray input I am using the PLII (without the z or x) Is this the best surround option for my 5.1 system?
No, absolutely not. If you are seeing "PLII" on a 5.1 setup that means you are only getting a 2 CHANNEL signal! PLII is a method of matrixing 2.0 > 5.1, and you would use this for two-channel TV broadcasts, older 2-ch films, etc.
You need to configure your Blu-Ray player as you are not getting the correct source signal. You should see a discrete surround option -- for example "DOLBY DIGITAL" for a 5.1 DD track, "MULTI CH" for a multichannel PCM track, "DOLBY TRUEHD" for a TrueHD track, etc.
You can always check how many channels you are receiving by looking at the little lights on the display. The little boxes that light up on the left side indicate INPUT channels, and the right side lights indicate OUTPUT channels. So, for example, when you see two boxes lit up on the left, and six boxes (5 + sw) lit up on the right, and the display says PLII, you are getting a two channel signal and upmixing it to 5.1 output with Pro Logic II.
You can also go to the INFORMATION menu and check the AUDIO INPUT SIGNAL and it will tell you exactly what you are getting.
Also the bass from the sub is just a tad bit to much for the wife. I read on an FAQ somewhere that I can change the LFE to -15DB. I checked the manual and it says I should be able to but I don't see the option anywhere. Can someone tell me what I need to do to enable this option and where to go?
Turning down the LFE is done in SURROUND PARAMETERS for any given multichannel surround mode. So you will have to do it separately for DOLBY DIGITAL, DTS, and MULTICH input signals.
But before you do that, I would just play with the overall subwoofer level and try and find a volume that doesn't sound boomy with Dynamic EQ engaged. It if is STILL too much then you can experiment with lowering the LFE volume.
I'm pretty new to all this surround sound stuff. In fact I just set this up a couple of days ago (and it took me two days to do it by myself!) Any help would be most appreciated.
Just take it slow and enjoy the learning curve
With the 4310CI you basically decided to jump in at the top in terms of complexity, flexibility, and functionality, so don't feel bad if it's a little overwhelming at first.