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Music too low....Sound effects too high

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I've got JBL speakers and a pioneer receiver with Auto EQ the I've had setup for a year now. It has always bothered me that the music volume is always a little low, but during an action scene the sound effects are ear blistering loud.

Is it possible to increase the volume of music, while keeping speech constant and lowering sound effects volume.

Thanks
Chris
post #2 of 12
How many speakers (two, three, surrounds)?
Using a surround mode (DD, DTS, DPL, DPLII, DPLIIx)?
What model# receiver?
All sources (DVD, BRD, cable, satellite, OTA)?
How are source(s) connected to the receiver?


Sounds to me as if you need to properly setup/calibrate your receiver/speaker settings.
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
5.1, I use DTS when possible, vsx-816, source is ps3
post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by turismo8889 View Post

5.1, I use DTS when possible, vsx-816, source is ps3

Point being, depending on source the answer changes. It may be as simple as your speakers are not calibrated. DirecTV has a HD setting that allows you to change the background effects from low to normal to high. So perhaps you may need to change that setting. Also, most AVR's have a dynamic setting that can be engaged or dis-engaged that also changes the loudness of effects. You need to calibrate, and then look to your sources.
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
PS3 is always my source in surround sound.....I used the MCAAC auto eq to calibrate speakers.

Chris
post #6 of 12
MCACC is not good. Set it up manually.
post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
Any tips on setting up manual eq.

Thanks
Chris
post #8 of 12

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It has always bothered me that the music volume is always a little low, but during an action scene the sound effects are ear blistering loud

By "Music" do you mean "front speakers," and by "sound effects" do you mean the rear speakers?

Regards,
Wayne A. Pflughaupt

post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by umr View Post

MCACC is not good. Set it up manually.

Declarative statements like this with no rationale to back them up are useless.
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
I tested my surround sound with "Return of the King". The background music playing through front left and right speakers is a little quiet, but when a fight scene breaks out the clash of swords is obnoxiously bright and loud.

Thanks
Chris
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by turismo8889 View Post

I tested my surround sound with "Return of the King". The background music playing through front left and right speakers is a little quiet, but when a fight scene breaks out the clash of swords is obnoxiously bright and loud.

Thanks
Chris

Well, if your system is calibrated properly, that is probably how it is supposed to sound. It's called "dynamic range."
post #12 of 12
Do you have your center channel turned up so you can hear dialog better at lower volumes? Because if you do, music will be quieter because it is often sent to the L and R speakers more so than the center. Many sound effects will be centered with the dialog, and will thus be much louder. That is, if you do have it turned up.

Check your receiver for any dynamics controls. I don't know what Pioneer calls them. Something like night mode or whatever. Switch it back and forth to see if there is a difference.

Is your center speaker the same model as the L and R?
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