Originally Posted by boden08
I was previously a Yamaha rx-v365 with 5.0 avant Mordaunt Shorts. with the Yamaha avr i was able to direct the low bass that the sub would usually produce to the front main l/r speakers and was more than enough without a sub.
Since then i came to realize that the connections and the non audio pass through on the Yamaha started to get irritating due to only having the two opticals to go through, the lack of quality sound and the lack of features.
After reading posts and reviews I decided to upgrade to a Denon avr x3000, the improvement was huge and has all the features that i need. now the problem came when i spend a while setting it all up to my liking and realised the lack of bass from the front main speakers. after changing some setting i still could not find out where to go, read up on the manual and the internet and i seemed to do everything that the was suggested.
I would be grateful if anyone has any ideas on this or information, maybe I do need to get an active sub but wanted to gain so valuable information on this receiver before I do.
If you will simply shut off the processing software completely and run all your speakers in a direct full-range mode, that should be a big improvement.
In my experience the software often causes more problems than it solves, plus ALL digital processing tends to lower sound quality unless very expensive professional-quality equipment is used.
I also think that the inferior power supply and amplifiers of the Denon and Yamaha are not going to drive your speakers without producing unacceptable levels of distortion. They will never sound that good. The power supplies are too puny to give the kind of speaker current required for decent bass.
The superior power supply and amplifiers of the NAD T758 would make your whole system sound 300% better IMO.
And please don't look at power specs to guide you; they are total nonsense.
The only numbers that count are actual DISTORTION when a REAL SPEAKER is connected; no one gives such numbers, so your ears are the best way to tell what is what.
Actual distortion with real speakers connected can be 100 times what one gets on a test bench with a resistor for a load; especially with Onkyo, Yamaha, and similar mass-market designs that skimp on power-supply capability and put their money into feature after feature instead of audio quality.
Lots of bells and whistles, but the beef is not there.