Originally Posted by Gibbsman
I'm curious what most people have their volume on their F12 set to and what the channel level is set to in the AVR?
Gibbsman, my setup, and what I did:
My receiver is a Denon AVR591 (with Audyssey). My speakers: Front: vintage Pioneer CS77s (3-way w/12-in woofers); Rear surrounds (side, really): Sony SS5000 towers (3-way, w/8-in woofers); Center: an old DCM (2-way, w/6-in woofer), and the F12 subwoofer which was the last speaker added. The room is, roughly, 18X14.
On my first Audyssey calibration with the subwoofer, I set the F12 volume control at 12 O'clock (i.e. pointing straight up); Audyssey reported a -12db subwoofer channel level. On the next calibration, I reset the F12 volume control to 10 O'clock; Audyssey returned a subwoofer channel level of -5.0db; it set the other channel levels to Front L/R: -10.5/-9.5, Center -1.5; Surround R/L -2.0/-2.5. It set the crossover freqs to: Fronts 90Hz, Center 40Hz, Rears 40Hz. It set all the speakers to Small.
Those settings sounded good; but, I wanted a heavier Subwoofer sound and a boost in the Center level. After fiddling around with various F12 levels, I wound up resetting the F12 volume control to the 10 O'clock, boosting the AVR Subwoofer channel level from -5.0db to +2db, and boosting the Center channel level from -1.5db to +1.0db. At the +2db setting, the subwoofer is, definitely, louder, heavier; I can shake the walls, with both music and DVD movies; as far as I am concerned, it sounds good. I left all of the other settings alone.