Originally Posted by Flomaster
FML... after the firmware upgrade all settings lost. That's OK I knew it was going to happen. Now I can't find my ypao mic. I do have a sound volume meter from radio shack that measures db.
If I'd thought of that sooner I would have suggested you save all the settings with Receiver Manager so you could restore them afterwards. But I didn't go with the YPAO results anyway as they didn't sound that good to me.
It's quick to set all the speakers to the same levels with an SPL meter. Also set all speakers as small, with an appropriate crossover. Then if you think you want more/less bass adjust the sub level up/down. Also, since none of us really listen at reference level I would bump up the surround levels a couple of dB (having all levels matched on the meter just doesn't sound right at lower volumes). For overall tone, don't be afraid to use the good old tone control, or the GEQ to adjust individual speakers.
If you really feel the need to play with the PEQ that YPAO uses, you can do it manually on the 1800 via an RS-232 connection (even though you can't do it through the normal menus).
And use the system memories to save several different setups, so you can easily switch between them. The system memories were one of the best features on those models, and for some reason they took them away on the Aventage series.