Originally Posted by ahender
Thank you. I have tried Dynamic EQ and not crazy about it. I do like using Dynamic Volume for HT. With conventional TV, I always have issues understanding dialog at a reasonable level. If I turn it up to an appropriate level, everything else is too loud. Dynamic Volume definitely helps in this area.
A few things you should check. It doesn't make sense that you have too much bass at low levels. Fletcher Munson curves say you should perceive less bass at lower levels. Dynamic EQ will be adding bass to lower levels.
1) Your audyssey calibration. The fact that you have too much bass when you should have too little at lower levels speaks to a bad calibration. How much adjustment did audyssey apply to your sub? If a lot you should probably adjust the level on our sub and recalibrate. If audyssey has to do a lot of compensation it may not be right. Get the sub level closer and recalibrate. (I think the rule is if it applies more than 6 db of correction either way you should adjust sub level and recalibrate) You may need to experiment with sub placement. Consult you denon manual or 'ask audyssey'. (Or JDsmoothie or batpig in any denon thread in the receiver section. Batpig has a very thorough online guide to denon receivers).
2) Check the reference level off set setting. Dynamic eq works by adjusting the frequency as a function of the difference in volume from the reference level. It is referenced to a film mix level. The off set provides different reference level off sets for Dynamic eq to reference off of to apply fletcher munson correction. Here is what the settings should be.
0 dB (Film Reference) (Default): Optimized for content such as movies.
5 dB : Select this setting for content that has a very wide dynamic range, such as classical music.
10 dB : Select this setting for jazz or other music that has a wider dynamic range. This setting should also be selected for TV content as that is usually mixed at 10 dB below film reference.
15 dB : Select this setting for pop/rock music or other program material that is mixed at very high listening levels and has a compressed dynamic range.
When I had a Denon, I usually just left it at 5 db for everything. That seemed to be a good compromise between everything I used it for and the type of music I listened to the most.
3) If you like dynamic volume for HT applications (I do too, for speech intelligibility), make sure it's off when listening to music. Nothing will destroy dynamic range of music more. I'll be the first to admit that I've forgot this a couple of times and then realized that something was not right.
4) Denon has a lot of sound modes, make sure none of those are on. Just stereo is what you want.