Before my network/freezing issues, I ran Audyssey five times to fine tune the sound. I have a pair of floorstanding Daqhquist QX10’s, a large Dahlquist center speaker and two dipole Daqhquist surrounds.
My sub is an circular SVS 20-39, which is supposed to reach down to 20HZ.
The Canadian-engineered Dahlquists are no longer made, but they are fine speakers, similar in sound quality to midlevel PSB, Paradigm or Energy speakers.
Audyssey set my full-range towers to 40Hz on three occasions and to 60Hz on the other two. My towers are supposed to go below 30Hz before any significant deterioration.
My center has been set at 60Hz twice and 80Hz three times.
My surrounds have been set at 110Hz four times and 120Hz once.
After all my Audyssey runs, I though the bass was still strong. Audyssey was dialing the SVS down -12 the first three times with the sub gain knob set at the “noon” position. I turned the knob down to the 10 o’clock position and still got a -12 dial-down.
Finally I put the gain knob at the 9 o’clock position and I got a -8.5 setting. Batpig suggests in his Denon FAQ that the sub gain should be set so that Audyssey doesn’t dial it down more than -1 or -2, but I don’t want to turn the knob down to the 8 or 7 o clock position. I’d be curious to know if anyone else has done that.
In any case, I have mostly stuck with my last reading. The Audyssey gets my speaker distances correct and I left the fronts at 40Hz, the center at 60Hz and the surrounds at 110.
I might drop the center channel to 80Hz and reduce the distance setting a wee bit because dialogue in some movies is still recessed. Base still seems strong, but my SVS is powerful and Batip says many of us are not used to reference bass. Guess I just need to do more critical listening.
Generally speaking, I find the Denon very accurate musically with crisp highs, good midrange and a tight but punchy low end. I am very pleased with the sound from Pure Direct, stereo and the surround encodings.
The only problem I seem to have is with a few Xbox disks. The latest NCAA college football that my son plays is supposed to be encoded in Dolby Digital, but parts of the sound mix are quite muffled, like when “sideline reporter” Erin Andrews pops up on the screen.
Tried a number of settings but cannot fix the problem. My son likes to listen to the Xbox in 5-speaker stereo to get around the issue. It’s unclear to me whether this is an EA problem or a Denon problem.