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Originally Posted by Bob Pariseau View Post
For most tracks the Rear speakers are SUPPOSED to be subtle even when playing 7.1 tracks. This is why reviewers tend to remark on tracks that have very aggressive activity in the Surrounds. Aggressive placement in the Surrounds being considered something of a gimmick.

Also keep in mind that many 7.1 movie tracks out there on disc are actually derived from 5.1 theatrical tracks.

If you want to check to make sure nothing is wrong, play a CD (or other Stereo content) and select the Mode ALL SPEAKERS STEREO (which is really only useful for, say, parties), and see if the Rear speakers are putting out comparable volume levels.

Of course the other thing you can do is check with a calibration disc. I suggest you use the LPCM 7.1 Channel ID track from AIX Audio Calibration, Blu-ray, along with your SPL meter (held at Center seating, at seated ear height, pointed straight up towards the ceiling, and set to "Slow" response and "C" weighting).

If you DO find a problem, double check that you don't have any of the "Temporary" speaker volume trims set -- the ones you access using the buttons on the Remote. Those settings are remembered across Sources -- keyed to the type of audio format that is playing. To clear ALL the Temporary settings in one fell swoop go into Setup and:

1) Save User Settings
2) Restore Factory Defaults (if you lose video at this point, continue using the Front Panel display)
3) Reload Saved User Settings

The Temporary settings are not saved, so this resets them all.

The other way you can screw up the ARC solution is by fiddling with the speaker settings in Setup after you Upload ARC. The simplest way to fix that is to re-Upload your current ARC solution. Then Save User Settings so you can get the settings recovered easily, just in case...
Thanks, Bob
Everything seems to check out. Seems like a waste to have rear speakers.
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