Originally Posted by blacklion
Thanks! I did as you suggested and the sound is much improved. However, I set the center level to +10db. I can hear movie dialogue much better but the sound is somewhat hollow and boomy. But at least I can hear the actor's words much clearer now even with the master volume at -20db. This is very important for me as I watch a lot more drama than action movies. It does seem that one does not derive much benefit from buying drama movies in BD save for the visuals. Its more with the action genre that the HD audio specs really come into full use.
One more question - is it dangerous for my receiver or speakers to increase the master volume beyond -0 ?
To get rid of the boomy sound from the center, you may want to lower the center level and instead adjust the equalization at different frequencies. If you go in there, you can adjust output at any of the 9 frequencies provided, which may improve your dialogue issues without pushing your center too hard. See pg. 86 of the manual on how to do it, it's a great feature of this AVR.
Setting your volume so high (0) may be problematic for both speakers and the 1019, since high volumes is where you get distortion that can lead to speaker or amp failure. The volume as it's provided on the 1019 / 919 is keyed to a reference setting of 0. The value at 0 is equal to the loudness in a movie theater. So if you crank up to 0, you are trying to get to the same volume as when a movie is shown in a theater.
This is why most home setups don't come anywhere near that. Mine certainly doesn't, I usually keep my settings between -40 to -25 for TV, most movie watching; if everyone is out of the house and I want to rock the room with Transformers or Titan AE, I may push it to -18 or -17, but that is as loud as I need it.
If you still have issues with sound, you may want in the longer term to upgrade your speakers. For now, though the 1019 gives you ways to customize that may avoid that.