Originally Posted by cp1966
Sorry, I forgot to list my sub, I have an Outlaw LFM 1-EX subwoofer.
I do not recall if i have the Dynamic EQ enabled or not, but I think I have my main speakers set to large, so I can change that and see if it helps. I believe I have one setting for low effects set to "main and sub" or similiar.
The setting LFE+MAIN results in the same low frequencies being emitted by both the Front speakers and the subwoofer. The interference between them usually causes the bass to be muddy and boomy. Enabling bass management (setting the speakers to "Small") usually is more appropriate. The optimal crossover frequency depends on the speakers and the room acoustics, but 80Hz usually is a reasonable starting point.
I tried using "direct" mode and didnt really care for it as the sub was not engaged.
Direct disables all signal processing, so it also disables Audyssey and DynamicEQ, usually causing sound accuracy to suffer.
When I say no "oomph", I meant overall listening quality, not just impact from a subwoofer. Like I said, listening to movies is great. But music is not fantastic. The sound/imaging/clarity sounds better from my Kg4s.
It could also be my room, but why would concert Blu Rays (like John Mayer) sound so incredible if the room itself was so bad?
There are at least a couple of reasons why CDs and BDs sound different:
1. Visuals provide a substantial distraction from the audio quality.
2. Their recorded dynamics are different.
The playback settings that you use for CDs have to be quite different from the settings used for Blu-ray discs.
Blu-ray soundtracks are mixed with different goals than audio-only soundtracks intended for CDs or other media, so they often have quite different dynamics. Unfortunately, most modern CD audio is recorded at a high level with substantially reduced dynamics while Blu-rays are not. This difference can make it rather difficult to find optimal gain settings. Remember that even slight differences in sound level, as little as a small fraction of a dB, can cause one soundtrack to sound better than another, with the louder being preferred.