Originally Posted by Ranger101
I'm new in this i just bought the pioneer vsx-919ahk with the polkaidio rm6880 and set it up the polkaudio way(figure 6 in the manual) using philips 14 gauge wire. After this i used the automatic setting up for surround sound (auto mcacc)than went well but the two back speaker indicated reverse phase (i checked the wires and red was on red and black too) then went to go next. After i was done might as well try this baby out but man where is the sound i have to put it at 20 db to enjoy a movie i have a sony bdp s350 set up in hdmi. when i turn on the volume from 80 db i only start hearing sound at 50 db man there has to be something wrong? my ipod touch is the same i have to put the volume pretty high to enjoy music.
could it be because i used 14 gauge wire or is it just that my pioneer is busted?
That doesn't sound quite right. I get decent sound on my 1019 which should be exactly the same as your 919. For me, I get reasonable room level sound at about -35dB but I will typically pump it up to -27dB or so for a movie. Here are a few options:
1) Check the source - some BDs are just authored differently and need to be pumped up more. I've noticed considerable differences from disc to disc and between TrueHD, DTS-HD MA, and PCM. Try them all out.
2) Check the soundfield settings. Do you have any of the advanced surround options on? I try and turn all of these off when I can. They shouldn't attenuate the volume but you never know.
3) It could be your speakers. I've never owned Polks before but I understand they have low sensitivity which means you need more power to drive the same volume level. Do you know the sensitivity ratings of your speakers? You need considerably more power to run a set of 87dB speakers than you would a set of 90dB speakers.
One tip - if you find a volume level that works for you, you can set the 'Power On Volume Level' to that figure or something close to it. I think I have mine set to -45dB.