Originally Posted by intensity68
I am new (novice) to the home theatre stuff and setup. I have a question ... and don't even know if my setup is configured ideally.
Jim, you have a perfectly logical question (not restated).
First, let me suggest that you run the AVR-4806's Auto Setup program if you have not already done so. Place the microphone (supplied with the 4806) exactly where your head is located when you listen to the system. You'll probably need to put the mic on a camera tripod or something of that nature. Also, make sure that all your speakers are, within reason, aimed at the mic and that there are no objects between any of the speakers and the mic.
The values Auto Setup finds for the various parameters (crossover frequencies, delay times, channel levels, etc.) will help us tell if anything is out of whack in your system.
It is not at all uncommon to set the master volume 10dB higher for some program material (or source components) than for others. Neither is -15dB an unusually high value for the master volume during a movie, assuming the channel levels have been properly calibrated. To give you some means of comparison, the 0dB master volume value on the 4806 corresponds to the movie industry's reference level for listening to soundtracks. If you're like most of us, you'll find that level to be a bit uncomfortable, particularly if your room is reflective (lots of hard surfaces) or your speaker system is the least bit bright. I do my reference listening between -9dB and -3dB, depending on how hot (loud) a soundtrack is encoded, but even that level is too loud for the rest of my family.
Run Auto Setup and let us know what you find.