Originally Posted by devanee
I wanted to get fellow owners opinions about their 605 settings.
I recently decided to upgrade to a second sub and re-ran audyssey. I getting to know a bit more about our avr and come to find out it is only 2EQ which some have advocated against.
in addition, I notice that I can never get my spl meter to hit 75dB as is recommended when calibrating. This is with avr sub volume at 0 as is recommended initially. I am needed to set the gain for both subs at about 3/4 of maximum and only get around 65dB.
Sounds from audyssey are quite high when played. Audyssey usually will set fronts/center around 0 to -3dB.
I was wondering what volume level others have their 605 set at? I heard that it does not matter when running audyssey but what about afterwards?
Hope this is not too confusing. I will be running audyssey again today not that both subs are calibrated to 0dB.
It is SO interesting that you brought this subject up, dev, because I was going to ask similar things of other 605 owners -- and did a ton of Googling on the subject too (there is a plethora of information out there regarding Onkyo and "low volume"; all you have to do is get into a search engine and enter these terms)...
Let me discuss, now, some of these areas with you being that you posted about it...
First -- I am not set up via Audyssey/auto routine via the mic, and the following is the way my 605 is adjusted with regard to calibration values:
Front Left: +6dB
Front Right: +6dB
Surround Right: +6dB
Surround Left: +3dB (I sit a bit closer to that in-ceiling left surround speaker)
In MY room, these values have everything balanced in terms of channel separation from the sweet spot.
Also -- under "Source Setup," I have "IntelliVolume" set to "+10dB" for my "DVD" input (which my Blu-ray player is connected to via HDMI).
Now -- most interesting about what you stated was the comment regarding Audyssey setting channels so that overall output seems "high" or "hot," even though the system seems to set your fronts and center around the -3dB to 0dB mark. I say this is "most interesting" because -- and this is going to go into what you asked regarding volume levels -- even with my channel calibrations in the "+dB" (most hot) range, there are not too many times I feel my system is outputting "too loud" of a soundstage; perhaps we have radically different-sized rooms, but...
Okay, so that gets me to your question about 605 volume -- even with these "jacked up" calibration and preamp leveling (IntelliVolume system) settings on my AVR, I STILL need to crank most Blu-rays and DVDs into the 40 to 50 range on the volume display. Some discs, such as the Avengers: Age of Ultron
Blu-ray which was mastered poorly, need to be cranked significantly beyond 50; just this Halloween night, to give you an example, I had to crank the John Carpenter's Halloween
THX DVD and its Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack up to around 52 for my wife and I to be able to make out dialogue, and even she was like "Why do you have to make it so loud in order for us to HEAR it?" And I was annoyed by it as well...
In general -- unless a DVD or Blu-ray has been mastered VERY hot, such as is the case with the Dolby TrueHD mix on the 30 Days of Night
BD or the DTS track on the War of the Worlds
DVD -- I never run my Onkyo in the lower portion of the volume range (i.e. 30-35 or so) as it seems way too damn quiet. And, as I said, this is WITH running high speaker calibration numbers as well as increased preamp input leveling via Onkyo's IntelliVolume...
What are the kinds of volume numbers you're seeing on your 605? Perhaps we can compare that way (a lot of this has to do with the efficiency of the speakers you're driving with an AVR or amp)...