I would like to thank everyone on this thread for making my choice of the Denon AVR-1611 an easy one. (Purchased at BB since they priced matched the online authorized dealers). Since this is my first HTS I wanted to start with a solid receiver and build up from there.
Next, I purchased a pair of Def Tech's 800 for my fronts and the Def Tech 1000 as my center. My setup is hooked up with 12AWG speaker wire and 24AWG HDMI high speed cables, both from monoprice. The HDMI cables are extra thick, though they are not flexible for easy hook up. (Note, I'm currently running a 3.0 HTS because I have not decided what to run for the Rears and the Sub. I did not like the Def Tech 800 prosub for that price since I felt it was out classed by the similar Energy and Klipch subs. I would appreciate any recommendations for Rears and Subs, and have read the other threads, but still undecided).
Then with Batpig and Jdsmoothie in mind, I ran the Auto Setup feature, only to realize I needed to have the TV on. First no-no was that I used my hand to move around the mic. Second, I kept bouncing around the room for the next 5 calibrations. Some were done with all doors and windows open and some with the significant other on the phone. Great job for a rook.
Lastly, I popped in Inglorious Bastards on Blu-ray. Right off the opening credits, my center was making a weird noise, a blow horn sound. Then the movie began and the sound went away. The Fronts and Center sounded great throughout the flick. However, the sound came back during some scenes and when the significant other spots it, I knew something was off.
Thus, I ask for guidance. Should I start with the Auto Setup again, rewire everything, return the center, and/or am I being too sensitive since I do not have the complete 5.1/7.1 HTS? Thanks in advance for any input.