Originally Posted by Ewingr
I find that my surround sides and backs are not very noticible. I've been flipping through the long list of listening types to see what sounds good.
I decided to check the level settings (not sure that is the right term), and found this:
- Left Front -.5
- Center -4.0
- Right Front -1.5
- Right Surround -7.0
- Surround back right -8
- Surround back left -8
- Left Surround -10
I hate to override settings done by using the microphone, but maybe the above settings is my problem.
I did follow the guidelines in the Onkyo manual, which wasn't that extensive a list of things to do. I put the mic in 7 different spots to do the setup.
I might mention that my seating is in fact closer to the back than the front, and of course the side surrounds as well. So it makes sense that they would be set lower. But I just really can't hear them much. I got up at one point and went back by the rear surrounds, and they were playing, and it was what I would expect to be 'ambient sound'.
I do also find the "microphone" setting not to my liking and allways put more or less dB in the speakers then Audyssey will do.
I never change the distances, only the dB.
I sit in the middle of a 7.1 setup and find the SL and SR allways to loud, the SBL and SBR ok, the fronts to soft, and the middle also to soft.
I put the SL and SR 3 dB lower, the fronts 3 dB higher and the middle even 4.5 dB higher, and this works for me.
And keep in mind i lower or increes the dB's Audyssey comes up with, i do not even them !
So if left is -3 and right is -3.5 i make left 0 and right 0.5 (pure i my situation)
This is the way i like it and as i am the one who has to listen to it i do not care what Audyssey will come up with, at least not for the speaker dB's
And i know a lot of "Audyssey heads" will say, no, no, no,.......
Just go for the setting you like, and the way you find yourself the most in the middle of the soundstage, Audyssey is just a helping tool and great to figger out the Xovers and distance.
But this is how i think about the Audyssey help