Originally Posted by Star Hawk
I have tried that. I found that I had to increase the center at least +3.0 db before I could hear any audible difference.
+/- 3 dB is not a big jump In the world of audio adjustments, . Remember +/- 10 dB is twice as loud, and that is not an overwhelming amount.
The problem with that is, whenever the action gets going, the center channel gets overwhelmingly loud if there's special sound effects.
That's a movie mastering issue. A common complaint.
That still leaves me having to sit there and adjust the center channel gain and/or the master volume control during the action scenes. I also tried adjusting dynamic range control settings on my AVR which are supposed to increase the softer sounds while decreasing the louder parts. That didn't work well at all either like taking away half the sound.
Sounds like you over did it.
Is it possible to try other adjustements. IOW do what you did but somewhat less of it.
So I figured perhaps the C-C100 center suffers from comb filtering.
It is not exceptionally bad in that regard. Looks like it should work well given the right setup.
The RC-LCR speakers have two midrange speakers off axis wrt the woofers and tweeters. Perhaps that's why they are designed that way for better dialogue and wider dispersion.
The mild offset with not have strong effects.
The other route to go is get the Panasonic DMP-BDT 500 which has a dialogue enhancer.
You already have one of those.
Perhaps that would work better than riding the master volume control or center channel gain on my AVR.
Maybe more care and patience with the existing dynamic range would do just as much for you.
I know I need a better BD player. My present one is horribly slow compared to my neighbor's newer BD player. Also mine doesn't decode DTS-HD MA which is found on just about every blu-ray disk I buy or rent these days.
Finally, an unambigiously valid set of issues.
I just want to start upgrading my audio system which is basically entry level. I just don't know what to do first that would give me the best bang for my buck.
Edit PS: Arnold, do you think getting an RC-LCR for the center won't do much better than my old C-C100? Thanks, S H
I see a good subwoofer as your first speaker upgrade.