Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Just Outside Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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So here is an update of my 'distortion' concern.
I got home from work and fired up the media room (home theater for you sticklers) and started to look. Well my settings were in small, except for my surrounds. I changed them, changed the sub x-over to 120 and then I lowered the levels of the fronts from the levels that the Auto setup did.
I played the remasterd 5th Element and watched the scene where all hell breaks out at the opera and the resulting escape with explosion. The sound was uncompressed PCM. Didn't sound that bad at all, still a little static. So I again put in my copy of Transformer into the Xbox 360 HD DVD and it sounded darn good with great bass, great separation and great surround effects. I was getting some excited by my results.
Next I then put in Casino Royale and watched the opening footchase (with explosions) and everything was crystal clear in uncompressed PCM. I finally put in Stealth (hey, its a good popcorn movie and was a BOGO) and all the resulting sound effects from jets flying, missles launching and copious amounts of guns (from the planes) and explosions were once again crystal clear in uncompressed and I had the receiver cranked to a little over halfway. THe bass was again just pounding.
Overall I would say that I am VERY happy at this stage. I still have lots to learn about this receiver, but my initial impressions, after some struggles, is great. I can't believe how well the processing is and how they make my speakers come alive. THe flow from speaker to speaker is fantastic and I notice the upgrade immensely. I am sure there will be more tricks for me to learn, but hey, I need to read more of the manual.
ANyhow, I am not as freaked out as I thought I was, as my listening today was settling given that i listened to other disc's that sounded great.
One quick question, does a receiver/amplifier have to be broken in? Yeah, I know it is a stupid question, but I had to ask. It has been like 9 years or so since I bought a new receiver.
Thank you for all of your help and suggestions. It if wasn't for this thread, and a demo at A&B sound, I wouldn't have known how good this was going to be.
I don't have alot of posts since I joined AVS Forums in 2004. I mainly read the information in threads as a source of research material. - quoted from The Outcast in April 2007.