Originally Posted by kezug
I would resort to testing each and every speaker connection through those same scenes. Its likely to be one of those connections. I know what you are going through...I did everything you are doing...even shutting off DRC (which is now back on because I found my issue to be with one bad connection/banana plug splice. Once I corrected that..it was fixed...even with DRC back on.
Good luck. Let us all know how it goes.
Okay, I just got done testing each speaker and at one point, with the Center Speaker disconnected, I thought I had found my problem. But later in the pod emergence scene (when people were being disentegrated and buildings were exploding), the receiver shut down. During the testing of the Center Speaker I was still able to play *most* of the pod emergence scene, including the time when the pavement starts going up and down (historically that's when my receiver would shut down), at -10, where my limit before was -17. But again, eventually it turned off so I'm still back to square one. My gut is telling me that this receiver, at least in some setups, doesn't cut it at really loud levels during scenes with tons of bass and/or high surges of high frequencies on top of that. What seems to confirm this is Pioneer's own words in their troubleshooting section where they tell you to try the Digital Safety feature and "if the power switches off even with 2 switched on, turn down the volume
." This tells me that Pioneer is actually anticipating such occurrences.
So, is my 919 (in my setup) underpowered, or is it a combination of the Pioneer and my Cambridge Soundworks speakers? I know the Cambridge speakers are rated up to 150 watts per channel, but perhaps they're not efficient enough at times.
Let me just say that with most material I can play the Pioneer really loud (there were scenes in Finding Nemo, such as the scene where Darla is tapping the glass or when the whale is ejecting Marlin and Dora, where the Pioneer sailed through them). I'm talking -5 in some cases. At those times though there isn't such surges of higher frequences, so maybe that is a big contributing factor. Anyway, I think I'm done *investigating* and now I'm ready to start searching, possibly, for more efficient speakers or a more powerful receiver/amp or both.
PS I should mention that *most* people that watch Blu-rays with me (and by the way, this ONLY happens during Blu-ray playback) think it's plenty loud at -17, so they would think I'm crazy for wanting to watch scenes like the one in War of the Worlds
at -10 or louder.Edited by djoberg - 12/22/12 at 3:14pm