I recently put together a home theatre system and am looking for some advice on how to set it up to get the most out of it.
The receiver is a Harmon Kardon AVR 1700 hooked up to Energy Take Classics 5.1 speakers using 14 guage wire. The TV is a Samsung UN55C6500 LED TV.
I primarily watch programming through my cable set top box and also occasionally watch MKV's through my Western Digital Media Player plus and also HULU through my smart tv app. Everything is connected to the receiver using HDMI cables.
I am extremely new to the whole audio world and seem to be having difficulty setting up the system to deliver the optimal sound majority of the time. I have the center, and two front speakers right by the TV while I have the rear ones mounted about ear level behind the couch. I've also used the calibration mic that came with the receiver and run the EZ Setup on the receiver to calibrate the speakers based on listening position.
I am trying to understand how I can acheive the surround sound effect most of the time and seem to be getting it with certain programming or certain channels without having to change any settings. Do I need to change my setup so that the audio is sourced through something beside HDMI cables or do I just need play with the settings on my receiver to achieve the optimal sound? Also, a lot of the time the dailogue seems to be a bit low and seems to only be transmitted through the front speakers so I find myself cranking up the volume to understand the dailogue better but find that it gets too loud during action or other scenes (i.e car chases, explosions, gun fire etc.) and end up having to reduce the volume only to have to turn it back up when the dialogue begins again. I live in a two floor condo so I am often trying to be respectful of my downstairs neighbors hence I try to monitor how loud things get, espcially at night time.
Any help or advice on this is greatly appreciated.