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Volume level variation because of my cheap reciever?  

post #1 of 6
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I had a cheap Sherwood home theater setup and liked the sound, but watching a movie can be a pain. I have to turn up the volume to hear people talk, but then when something happens in the movie, you are blasted out of your seat! I thought it might just be becuase the reciever was soo cheap. So I went out and got a new RCA, not expensive but expected it to be different. It is the same! Is this normal to home theater or is it a simptom of cheap equiptment?
post #2 of 6
normal. Turn the gain up on your center channel, that way you woln't be turning up everything to make the center louder. (You can also turn down the gain on the other speakers, leaving the center alone)

I found this annoying in the old pro logic days. a receiver with 100 watts for the mains and 30-60watts to the center and rears caused this problem every time.

Dan

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post #3 of 6
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My reciever is "Dolby Digital Ready". There is no setting that you mentioned. It does not have optical in, just RCA type 5.1 digital inputs. I have had this RCA for a few days and plan on taking it in to trade for a Digital version with optical input. My (soon to have) new Dishnetwork system has only optical out so I need optical anyway. Just found out. Maybe that reciever will have the setting you mentioned.
post #4 of 6
Check your DVD player. My Sony S500 has an option in the settings menu - DRC (Dynamic Range Compression). Turn it on and it will make softer sounds louder and louder sounds softer.

Bryan
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I checked the settings and do have Dynamic Commpression turned on. Maybe it will make more of a difference when I get the digital cable needed to connect the DVD to the digital in port. I will get one today. I wanna hear Dolby Digital. I hope it sounds alot better.I guess I need to get a CD or DVD to calibrate the system anyway. I would think recievers woulod come with one.
post #6 of 6
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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.
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