Originally Posted by AustinJerry
Sigh. I remember the good old days when this thread focused on providing useful technical advice to new owners. Lately, it is more like the TV show, "The Price is Right".
Don't worry, I have some head-scratchers coming.
Originally Posted by AVSF458
Warren/Jerry Et Al, Us newbies are already here. thanks to you guys.
Yes, thanks especially to Warren for the ad/coupon. I think I'm the one that killed that coupon; the rep scanned it in as he rang me up. I had been researching AVRs for a couple of months and was still on the fence with this unit on my short list at $1500, and the minor feature variations between the units I was looking at became irrelevant at $900.
I am really loving the unit so far. Mine is a 405XX S/N with current firmware. I finished installing it yesterday late afternoon and my wife and I spent the evening rocking out. The initial Audyssey calibration seemed to go well enough. I just ran cal in one mic position on the two mains and the sub at first to get the sub level in the ballpark -- mid-gain on a Klipsch 12" netted -3.5db. I finished hooking up the surrounds and ran a full 8-position calibration with the mic on a photographic light stand/boom.
First thing I noticed was overall low volume, so I went to each input in the 4520 menu and upped the gain. Initially I set Dynamic EQ off and compression off. Some initial tests seemed a bit light on the bass so I set the sub to 0db. I know I have a lot of tweaking to do but for the first run I was really, really impressed with the clarity and presence. Unfortunately my center and surround drivers run out of gas before the mains, so to really push the envelope I had to switch to stereo mode.
When trying to push it to 11, I ran into my first problem. OR, question, let's say. Whether running music via Airplay or HDMI from my PS3, the volume won't go above -6. If I spin the volume knob or use the remote I can get it to flash between -6 and -5.5, but then it always settles on -6. Anyone have any thoughts as to how to begin to investigate this problem? I don't remember the correct nomenclature for the -10 or -20 volume limit/reference/whatever setting but that is off.
Second question/problem... When listening to Airplay, if I try to launch and use the iOS Denon control app, the music stops and the app freezes. I don't seem to see this behavior with HDMI sources. Has anyone else experienced this? Is there some hidden setting that makes it behave?
OK, last one for now... I find that sometimes when switching sources, the video will syc, then fuzz out and blank, then sync on about a 5-10 second cycle, ... repeating then never staying synced. Since it does the same thing on different inputs and can be resolved by either power cycling the TV or(less reliably) by unplugging/plugging the Monitor 1 HDMI cable I hope it's either the cable or the TV(an elderly Westinghouse). Anyone else seen this sort of behavior?
I do have other questions but I'm pretty sure the RTFM calibration and/or more experience will address most of those.
Thanks again for the heads-up on the price, and thanks to everyone for being part of a great resource.