So i've been trying to dial in my set up for a while now and I'm really close but I feel the vocals/dialogue have a static-y sound, especially noticable behind sounds like 'sss' 'th' 'sh' etc... The volume is fine, its just not as clear as the rest of the audio is.
Right now i'm using the PEQ from the YPAO set up and most everything sounds frickin' great - music is really good & strong, bass has a nice sound, etc... The dialogue is not on the same quality level. I've tried to manually set the EQs and I did get rid of some of the static by reducing the high end a lot, but that seems to have killed some of the other sounds & I've read using the YPAO PEQ is good.
HTPC, audio coming from optical cable out of onboard audio GIGABYTE GA-F2A75M-D3H mobo, Realtek ALC887
APC C3BLK Power Filter
Polk PSW505 sub
Polk Monitor 65T front left and right
Polk Monitor 35B surrounds
Polk Monitor 15C center
Speakers set to small, crossover at 80hz
I know its not the speakers... because music sounds super clear. I'm using MPC-HC with LAV audio/video, but the static is present in any video player (VLC, flash, etc)
When i run stereo - > 5ch mode it sounds the same off all speakers, so I know its not just the center channel. I've tried moving the speakers around in the room a bit, away from the wall etc but it doesn't affect dialogue (once again music sounds awesome)
Where do I go from here? Re-tune EQ? new sound card? different receiver (i just bought this thing...)? something else? I'm fairly new to this but I've been doing my research. My set up is almost complete, I want to get clearer vocals though.
Thanks in advance for any advice.