|Originally posted by PCman:
I checked the settings and do have Dynamic Commpression turned on. I guess I need to get a CD or DVD to calibrate the system anyway. I would think recievers woulod come with one.
Turn the Dynamic Compression off. Dynamic compression is for late night watching when you don't want to wake the household or when you live close to the neighbors (like an apartment). Dynamic compression will compress the low and high frequencies which essentially increases your dialogue. therefor your dialogue should have been more audible.
Your problem is calibration. You do not need the DVD discs to calibrate your system, all AV receivers/preamps have test signals. What you do need is a sound pressure level (SPL) meter. You can get them cheaply at Radio Shack. By calibrating the system you must set the time delay for the surrounds as well as the output level for each speaker (HINT: Set the center channel about 1-2 dB higher than the other channels and set the subwoofer 6 dB higher). But, generally all channels should be set at the same level. It is no crime to deviate though.