Originally Posted by Athlon646464
I just picked up a new 2113CI.
I'm wondering about the use of the colored buttons Movie/Music/Game/Pure. Does using those buttons over-ride the Audyssey settings?
These buttons had me confused at first too. I detest effects added to sound, and I thought these buttons were only for that, but it turns out that's not the case.
Pressing Pure bypasses everything and go straight to the speakers. You will get no Audyssey.
Why would you want this? Because Audyssey adds quite a bit of lag to the signal. It has to in order to correct for speaker distance and group delay between speaker cones. So, if you're, say, playing Rock Band on the X-Box, this will add audio lag that you don't want. Press pure, and presto, no Audyssey, no lag.
The other buttons are badly named IMHO. They are really presets for processing modes you would like to use for the digital content being fed to the unit.
Say you are feeding a Blu-Ray signal with DTS audio. Press and hold the green Movie button. Up pops a menu on the screen where you can select which decoding method you wish to use. Want stereo? It's at the top. Standard DTS decoding? It's there. Neo upmix? There too. Maybe you like Neo for movies. Fine. Select Neo. From now on, when you press the Movie button, you'll get Neo.
The options are a little different for each button, but not much. There seems to be a difference between Neo for movies and Neo for music. I have no idea what the difference is. There's also a Dolby game mode on the game button. Again, no clue what that means.
For some reason you can't pick a decoding mode with Pure. You'd think that just bypassing Audyssey wouldn't mean you'd have to stick to a particular decoding method, but it seems that Pure just decodes as "best available" given the digital stream.
Now you pop in an audio DVD. It also feeds DTS. You press and hold music. This time you don't want Neo. You want the pure as-mixed multi-channel audio. Fine. Select DTS. Now you can switch between Neo for movies and DTS for music by pressing the Movie/Music buttons respectively.
Personally I would have preferred dedicated decoding mode buttons on the remote, but whatever. The whole things seems overly complicated, and I don't get why there are different options for each button given the exact same input signal. Regardless, I don't care about all the FX options that are on the menu, so it's either Pure or DTS or Dolby for me... Oh, and Audyssey is amazing. My completely mismatched speakers sound like they are factory paired.