Originally Posted by cannga
Ok Craig/VGI, I am game re. trying center spread. Don't have manual with me now but recall vaguely leaving this at the default setting thinking I don't need it. Now that you've mentioned it, some questions please:
1. What do you try this feature with, film or music?
2. 2 channel or multi channel material?
3. What settings do you use?
4. What do you like about it and what do you base your adjustments on?
I guess I'll have to do for now. when VGI shows up he may give you more ideas but I use it mostly for DirecTV and DVD & Blu-Ray, any kind of multi-channel movie or show really because about 80% or more of the content generally shows up in the center channel speaker but your best speakers are usually the front left and right.
My manuals instructions for the setting of the Center Spread feature are hopelessly wrong for the CB-IIIHD, the instructions below are correct.
The manuals explanation of what Center Spread does is correct although I've edited and reworded that in part here as well.
If you follow the directions below exactly then you too should easily be able to set the Center Spread feature.
Do this one input at a time, one Center Spread digit at a time until your front soundstage sounds like you want it to for the selected input.
The results can be quite dramatic and amazing, game changing in fact! There can be a "REAL" night and day difference by using the Center Spread feature, if used correctly.
It basically stretches the center speaker across the entire front soundstage making it seem larger without having the center channel blaring at your head and without losing effects from the left/right or center speakers.
The smaller the size and lower the quality of your center channel speaker, the bigger the impact this feature will make to your front soundstage, but it will still have a tremendous impact even with three identical speakers.Center Spread
This parameter adjusts the mix between the center speaker and the front left/right speakers.
The higher the value, the more center channel level is reduced in the center speaker and added into the front left/right speakers.
A value of 0-15 can be assigned to Center Spread. If the value assigned is 15, then all of the center channel information would be routed to the front left/right speakers. In this case, it would be the same as phantoming the center speaker.
Center Spread is a post process activated in the POST PROCESS submenu.
Go to Post Process, which is on Page 3 in the Setup Submenu (Press Setup Button -> Press Button 1 = INP -> Press A/D Button -> Press Button 4 = Post Process) and turn the Center Spread feature on by pressing button 5, then back out of all Menu's.
The front panel will indicate that Center Spread is active but it will not indicate it's value here, you'll find a SPRED indication light just right of center next to Dolby Digital or DTS etc. and left of the volume indication.
The range of Center Spread (0-15) is set in the 2ND PAGE of the BALANCE Sub-Menu.
Press Balance Button -> Press A/D Button -> Press Button 5, adjust with volume Up & Down buttons to taste.
This is the only place where you will be able to see what the value of the Center Spread setting is.
Edit: Tip - If you like the effect of Center Spread on the left and right channels but find the center channel has now become lower then you'd like, you may find it advantageous to raise the Center Channel Volume Level of any particular input in which you've activated Center Spread. You may do this by increasing the inputs Center Level Volume adjust and raise the overall Center Channel Level, or just adjust the DD Center Channel Level adjust and or DTS Center Channel Level adjust just a bit.
Try it you'll like it, and it will become one of your favorite features too Edited by bigbrother52 - 11/17/13 at 9:37am