Originally Posted by batpig
Wait, what do you mean by the "LFE mix"? I am a little confused by the reference to the speaker manual. What speakers do you have??
Not sure, my old receiver had a setting for it. I think it's more or less the Bass Level setting on the Denon. Manual says:
LFE mix level:
This parameter lets you attenuate the level of the LFE channel output from the sub woofer without effecting the level of the bass frequencies sent to the sub woofer from the front, center, or rear channels via Dolby Digital bass redirection circuitry.
There's also one for DTS.
again, what speakers do you have? impossible to say if that is "normal" without that info. are they tiny satellites like bose cubes or little kef/orb type microsats?
They are micro satellites. Sony SA VE315. On my old AVR, I never messed with the crossover and the defualt was 120 with a range of 60-180. I took the Denon down to fr-120, cn-100, sr-100 - this might be too low, but I don't crank the volume really. Perhaps I'm just imagining things, but the sound felt a little "fuller" to me. It's my understanding that this setting redirects the bass sounds lower then those numbers from the speakers to the sub correct? On another thread, someone said I should put the LFE from the default 80 to 120hz. What's the purpose of that?More audio impressions:
I checked out your Audyessy Faq and the section on the surrounds. Honestly, I do feel like my 5.1 surround levels are set too high after running the setup. Not so much overpowering, but more unbalanced. Mostly I noticed this in the game Brutal Legend. Your car plays music, and when you hop out, it continues. When you're facing the car is sounds normal/slightly muffled since you are away from it(cool effect), but when you spin around, the sound travels over the all the speakers to be directional to where the car is. In other words it will go from left to left+center+right to right to right+right surround to right surround. Anyway, when it gets to the surrounds only, ethier individual or both, the volume goes way up. So, with your back to the car, the sound is much louder coming out of the surrounds then if you are facing the car with the front+centers outputting the sound. I've been tweaking these via the manual speaker setup.
I do notice some "pops" when the AVR switches sound input which others have mentioned in this thread. IE, going from Dolby Digital to stero or prologicII. It's not loud, but since I sit near the surrounds and they seem unblanced right now, you can hear it more. It's like a quick crinkle noise.
I've also noticed some quick sound skips in Directv on certain channels, mainly espn and espnnews. Not sure if that's normal or not. Others seem perfectly fine.
I'll probably have to look into new speakers to really take advantage of this AVR, but that's not the main reason I purchased it.More Video impressions:
Dvd upscaling/converting seems pretty nice so far. I'm not big into this feature, but I do think the black levels look nicer then when my tv just did. I'm doing component 480i to hdmi 1080p. I put in an old calibration disc and also checked a THX optimizer on a movie. Didn't have to do much, but did take my tv's brightness down a bit based on some of the test patterns. I watched the first section of the Empire Strikes Back up to just past the snow battle. Looked very nice, I'm quite satisfied with the picture quality of this.
Of course, now that I'm on one tv input, this effects everything else. Since I'm using the converter/scalar for Directv as well, I usesd the Denon to pump the brightness up a few notches to balance that out. I'm not real concerned about calibrating Directv since it's too random, but I don't want it to be dark. Seems fine, everything is converted or scaled to 1080p right now.
I had my x360 doing no conversion, just going straight 1080p pass through, but, with this setting I can't pump up the brightness. I didn't want to turn that function on, but decided to at least try it. I'm not exactly sure what it does with a 1080p signal but, I actually think it looks slightly better with the functions turned on so I can adjust the picture via the AVR. Other then the brightness diff, I could just be imagining things, but I'm pretty impressed with the picture quality. Felt like it was actually better.
For blu-ray, I'm planning on using a new ps3 slim as a solution.
I'm pretty happy with the setup so far. I'm considering looking into new speakers as well. Either a better matched set or front and center to start. Would it be advisable to use 2 of my old micro sats as the 2 additional surround spots for either rear or height? Or, should everything be replaced together?
Thanks again for all the info everyone.