Originally Posted by KevenW
So, basically, as long as I'm getting a dd 5.1 signal to the avr from the sat or bd player, the sound modes are to be set to whatever sounds best to me? I guess I don't really understand what is supposed to be best. seems to me that when the avr says dolby digital it sounds best. When I put it on one of the thx modes it doesn't sound very good to me and the volume is lower. I thought thx was supposed to be the best?
There are too many Listening Modes. You should start by using the Remote Control buttons Movie, Music Game and THX.
Each of these scroll through the various pre-selected Listening Modes for that particular "activity".
So if you are listening to music, hitting Music constantly scrolls through the most relevant Listening Modes for you for music.
Recommendation from me:-
For 2 Ch. Music
Pure - has NO Audyssey correction, display turned off, video processing turned off - no bass/treble controls
Direct is similar but allows display to be on (ot sure about video processing)
Stereo - allows Audyssey controls, and bass/treble adjustments.
All Channel - very bad IMO - do not use.
Any other "surround" mode - not for me. Might be more relevant for MultiChannel Source ie if DVD-A or SACD etc, so you can then play.
If HD track (TrueHD or DTSHD-MA), then I use Straight Decode.
For DVD DTS/DD try Straight Decode too, but you might try THX.
For Games -
THX - This is extra processing on top of the decoding - you can try it, but its a preference thing.
For Set Top Box stuff, your original post about adjusting to the source applies, with the guidelines above.