Originally Posted by Bigham16
The small adjustments made a huge difference in my room. The center was a little on the light side for me and the sub's need a little more juice with DEQ off.
Pretty much what NorthSky said. The sub level is intolerable for ANY movie watching. I don't get the echo's but my entire front stage is drowned by the surrounds on ANY movie I watch with DEQ on.
You and I, we are on a very similar page from the same book. ...Perhaps a different chapter but it don't matter, same exact storyline.
I even left DEQ on with original Audyssey measurements and turned the volume close to 0dB but it was just nasty loud.
-20dB is the sweet spot for movie watching in my room with DEQ off.
♦ Zero dB (0dB) is reference in our rooms (pretty much), and it can be quite loud.
♦ Minus twenty dB (-20dB) is peaceful level, very tolerable for all common mortals living on our planet.
...Background type of listening; where you can tell when movies are mixed too loud or not loud enough.
...And when it's good to raise the center channel by 3dB or so and the surrounds by 2dB or so (me, in my room). And when the going gets tough (explosions, mayhem, guns, grenades, tanks, cannons, ...), you can tell too about them movie mixes.
And no amount of dynamic range that you applied digitally via EQ is going to improve that; not for me, no way.
Best way to experience a Blu-ray movie (not all of them) is to listen to it @ the same volume level that it was mixed, recorded, and listened to by the sound recording/mixing engineer, with sometimes the music composer and the movie director (but not always).
...And no Dynamic Volume, no Dynamic EQ applied.
For lower volume levels below reference; applied anything your receiver has in it to your own personal taste and hearing preference. ...There are tons of ways to change the original sound; and one of them, or two, or more, might just be the one(s) that was/were made in heaven just for you.
More than anything else in life; suit your oneself first. ..Then you can share that happiness directly reflecting of/from you with everyone else around you; children, grand-children, wife, wives, mistress, mistresses, girlfriend, girlfriends, sisters, brothers, friends, family, families, ...everyone.