Originally Posted by mthomas47
I have one additional comment on recapturing gain and whether to turn Audyssey off for music. You should surely experiment, but in general, Audyssey will be very helpful for both movies and music. If I understand your gain question, the -6db settings across the front are fine. If you want more total volume, just use your master volume control. If you want more volume just from the front three, you have several options including increasing the individual levels post Audyssey (won't affect your calibration, but will affect the implementation of DEQ, so check the FAQ on that one); or better, experiment with something like the Dimension control in PLII. Most of the surround modes offer some method of concentrating sound more to the front or rear.
I am guessing that you were just thinking that the -6db is too low, which it isn't, but if there is something specific to the front that you hear and want to tweak, there are a number of ways to do it without interfering with your Audyssey calibration. Bottom line: if you have a good calibration, you shouldn't need to turn off Audyssey.
Thanks for the additional information. I previously had the Pioneer AJ series LCR, but when I wanted to blast the music sometimes, I listen loud, the amp would get so hot it turned itself off one time. I have a Denon 2112 with 90W per channel. I attributed this to the low sensitivity of the pioneers (87 or so) and the 6ohm rating. So now I have the Klipsch Icons, which are rated at 98 for sensitivity. When Audyssey lowers my front stage by 6 dBs, this sort of negates the higher volume I wanted to achieve with the more efficient speakers.
So, what I have found works is, for loud music listening, I can use "stereo" or "multi channel stereo" modes and it seems to give me back that 6dBs from the front stage. Then switch back to PL II when I put a bluray in. Your comment did prompt a couple questions from me though.
You said this: "increasing the individual levels post Audyssey (won't affect your calibration, but will affect the implementation of DEQ..."
What is DEQ and where can I set the levels without it affecting my calibration? After I run the calibration, the individual speaker levels I am changing are adjusting the levels on the calibration as far as I know.
And what is this? "Dimension control in PLII"