Originally Posted by Nathan_R
But how can I adjust each source component's audio if I have nothing but the AVM-50's internal noise as reference?
My old Integra 9.1 had the ability to adjust individual speaker levels outside of the setup menus and without being handcuffed to the processor's internal noise. This would allow me to calibrate based on VE's test tones, which in my experience was far more accurate than built-in test tones. I see the Anthem has the ability to adjust Fronts on the fly, but I see no way to change FL and FR independently.
Cal with the D2 tones and get 75dB (or whatever you are using) out of all speakers.. then put VE into whatever transport you are using... you then cal the players
outputs to give you the same readings out of all speakers.. that's why the DVD players have output level controls for the different channels
I understand your intent and reasoning, but how do you know that the DVD player or sounce unit is at the proper levels? Using the DVD tones, you could just tweak the output level of the DVD and it would get you the same result... but you have no reference... IMO, you need to use the D2 tones as your starting reference..
Here's another point... the tones off of VE could be different for each player you play them out of... and each player might be different on it's digital and analog outputs, but since you have no baseline, you are not sure where the reference is.. My HD-A1 and 79avi are different, and if I used them to cal with, it would change with each player... also, how do I know that my sat receiver, which has no tones, is properly set up? The only way I can know is if I set the D2 using it's internal tones first, and then adjust the source components in their respective output menus...
As far as accuracy, I don't really see how you can say that source generated tones are more accurate that processor tones, at lease as far as the Anthem products are.... for a receiver to be THX certified, the tones must be accurate for setting reference level to gain that certification.. i.e. the D2 and AVM's
Every day that I mix, the first thing we do is to pink the room with pink noise from the console... we then check the tones from the playback machines and adjust them as needed...