Originally Posted by SanchoPanza
Have tried mine 3 different ways, all after running Audyssey MultEq XT (Denon AVR-3312CI & 3311CI for wife's system):
1. Everything as set by AVR.
2. Small & 80
3. All Large, with Crossovers untouched & Bass LFE+Mai
So far, #3 sounds best; #1 is how it is now.
Here is a bit of info I heard about mixing practices that affect #3 above...at least it has in the past. Most full range cinema screen stacks can only reach down to about 45 Hz or so. Mixers have for quite a while overcompensated for this by shoving a lot of extra bass into the LCR stacks because the director wants to hear more bass from one or all of the LCRs. Of course, what is really being recorded is far more bass than he really wanted...to overcome the limitations of the LCRs.
When that mix comes home to us with our systems very capable of being powerful below 40 Hz, guess what. There is the potential to hear highly bloated bass in the LCRs which was never intended or even heard anywhere eIse if you choose LFE + MAIN or run full range on full range range capable LCRs. It's another case for using bass management and LFE only (not +MAINS). You eliminate that unintended idiocyncracy of the mix.
Unfortunately, I don't know if and when this practice has ceased or how to tell what titles have been mixed this way. I'm told it's a lot. So, I guess the moral of the story is, if it sounds good, use it. At least you know the potential of what might be going on, though.
Just sayin'...food for thought, FYI.Edited by Cam Man - 10/18/13 at 7:08am