Originally Posted by Brahmzy
Thanks for the helpful post. I've actually got a 15" DefTec sub sitting in it's box the basement where it's been for the past 7 years. I never got that thing to sound good - probably a mix between too big of a sub in the wrong room in the wrong area of the room, configured wrong, lol. I'd like to get a 10" sub that could fit well into my setup instead of being this separate entity/personality with a mind of it's own. A big, boomy, sloppy mess it was.
I was battling poor dialogue volume from my center and was finding disabling Dynamic EQ helped that out. I've gone back and forth on all of these things, multiple times. I have aimed my center upwards to my head, which helped, but everytime I increase the center channel volume, it just seems to wreck what Audyssey was trying to do. Things don't have a balance anymore - all I hear is my center channel and yet, I still have trouble picking up dialogue sometimes. I am hoping a newer XT32 DENON AVR with separate dialogue control might help things out a bit. I'm also hoping my new RC-64II center might have a slight edge on my RC-62 center.
I had the same problem, it was because of bad calibrations, I tried putting blankets down, ect. I also have the klipsch rc2. Great center. Really pay attention to the first calibration especially and have a receiver with xt32. Make sure all your calibrations are precise with the mic centered perfectly centered and straight up. If your center is weak like mine was it's bad calibrations. Make sure your mic is at least a foot or more from your back cushion. I found that deadened the center when my mic was too close to the back cushion. I did about 20 calibrations before I figured everything out. I also bought an SVS subwoofer which is amazing. A pb 1000 or 2000 will do the trick. If you want an even better one go for it. When I first started I hated all he settings, they made my diologue bright, or muffled. Now when I use EQ the dialogue gets a little louder as intended and everything is louder as it should be. Keep trying and when you have detailed surround after a calibration build from that. See if you can nail one with a bright center and combine the two with what you did. Tinker with distances, tinker with room set up but for me with the center the most important thing was precise measurements from the couch. Not sure of your mic placements but this helped most for mine. Try this website and mic pattern.
I use recommended mic pattern 101. Worked perfect and my center detailed and crisp. I had problems for over a month, tried this and it worked nicely.
101, 101B, 102 - Best Image Clarity and good frequency response coverage. All dimensions are relative to PLP Center
Just filter Recommended Setup Mic Patterns, little further than midway down the page. That should help a lot