Originally Posted by mekkerl
I am thinking of adding front heights to my 1611 set-up. Does the 1611 process and EQ these nicely where I will hear an improvement? Is it worth doing with the 1611?
We watch about 85% BD movies and about 15% sports.
One person had this response on another thread:
I have had mine set up for about 4-5 months now. I have recently started turning them off for movies. I found that all they did was play the same sound that is coming out of the rear surrounds, and that it lessens the directional ques (for me any way)
I do still enjoy them when I listen to music in Multi Chnl stereo, but If i was doing my basement again, I don't think I would bother.
I just don't want this to be the case for me...turning them off, etc...
I have a 1611 that I am running front heights with. Let me just say that the heights absolutely suck with music. No amount of tweaking makes it any better. I often enjoy PLIIm sourround sound matrixing of 2 channel music and you loose that when using heights with the 1611. Of course I also listen in stereo and all you have is your mains for this. I think it would be kinda cool to be able to run stereo out of your mains and heights at the same time...but there is no feature for this.
Now for movies, especially sound effect action type movies the heights are really nice. It most cases it makes my fronts seem like they are 12 ft tall...I have a huge wall of sound coming at me. I dont notice that the heights are reproducing the same sounds as the surrounds...the biggest thing I notice is that ambient effects seem to be a lot less localizable and the wall of sound I already mentioned. For dialog oriented movies (comedies and chick flicks mostly) I barely notice the heights, or the surrounds for that matter.
Also when playing blu's with hi def audio or any surround source material for that matter, you keep the surround audio and the PLIIz processing works in conjunction with it to produce the front height effects. The display on the denon will say for example DDHD + PLIIz or some such.
I have also heard setups with heights that were able to use the DSX processing feature and it sounds really nice. I hope to one day own a higher end denon with this feature so I can take advantage of it.