Originally Posted by Skerlnik
Unfortunately I don't own any of those titles, but I'll probably order a few since they're good movies anyway.
One thing I noticed while listening to music last night-- I couldn't determine if it was on or not until I moved the volume to about 75%, then it started to fill out the music, which was a good thing. The only problem with that is after 50% volume I start to hear what sounds like wind noise
coming from the driver when no music is playing. I've wiggled the cable, and the sound does change somewhat, but it persists. I'm not sure what the problem is as this is a new cable, but when I get home later tonight I'll try another cable as well. Is this common? I can't live with the sound when my AVR is off, it's that noticeable.
...which brings me to my next question...
Why doesn't the AUTO feature on the amp work? When I switch mine to AUTO, and then turn on my AVR, play music/tv/movie, the LED remains RED
. If I didn't have to leave the amp set to ON all the time, I could probably live with the wind noise.
Sounds to me like a hardware issue. My auto mode works great on both of my subs, even after a Y splitter (and triggers on faster then my older velodyne auto mode) and although the low frequency stuff literally moves air around, I do not hear anything like wind noises. Just tight, deep, accurate bass. If it's a hardware issue Brian's on it and it will be resolved...
But, just in case. What movies have you tried? Anything from the 4 or 5 star master list of bass thread rankings? Such as Transformers (basically any of them but the last one is especially bass stout), War of Worlds, etc... Are you watching them on blueray in TrueHD audio or DTSMA?
Your AVR calibrated the subs to be level with your mains. Set like this the music content just doesn't have the deep notes to jump out at you. Even Hip Hop / Rap bass isn't too deep (I think it is like 40Hz ish, maybe higher). Organ music can get down there, and some electronic stuff. I had a big sound quality improvement for music, but the "I'm blown away" reaction happens with the big production action movie flix. For me the music improvements were things such as more detailed cleaner bass notes clearly moving up and down the musical scales, details like fingers sliding around on the bass guitar as you would hear live, and cleaner tighter kick drums. It's stuff you need to be listening for.
It is not uncommon for folks to run their subs "hot" to be louder than the mains. To do this calibrate with the AVR, then adjust the AVR sub trim volume 3 to 6 db higher (or more for the bass heads). Even with hip hop stuff you pretty much need to run the sub hot and crank it for feel, 40hz doesn't feel the same as 15Hz or 20Hz. Calibrated to level, bass can take a little getting used to, but some folks really like it after some listening. It's just personal preference. The audyssey thread is packed with "where did my bass go" posts. Sometimes it's just a calibrated vs running hot thing, that you can adjust to preference with the sub trim. Other times you can get better results for your MLP by taking all the measurements closer together (like within a foot of MLP). You could be sitting in a "null" that moving the sub or your chair will fix (or more subs, or room treatments).
You may try an SPL meter app on your phone or get an SPL meter to see the output in DB.
If you are on a concrete slab you will not have the same tactile feel.
That being said, I'd be surprised if there is not a hardware or configuration / set-up issue based on your description. Sorry to hear about the issues, it can be resolved.