I watched Bumblebee this weekend. Other than the dialogue, the Emotiva Speakers sounded nice. Very laid back. I think even more laid back than I was expecting. Could be the Velvet I added to a portion of the side walls, to increase perceived contrast on my screen, that cut some of the highs. Anyway, the Center Speaker still sounded "Distant" or "In a barrel". It sounded like it wanted to break loose, but couldn't. After the movie was over, I performed several tests with Dynamic EQ On vs Off, Audyssey Reference vs Flat vs Off to no avail. I also raised my center to be in line with my mains, opposed to being low, angled up. I heard no difference between the two positions. I was too tired to switch out one of the mains for the center to make sure the center didn't have an issue. As I was quitting for the night, my bluray player asked me to update the firmware. I did, then I pulled up something on Netflix. Still noticed the dialogue was held back. I could understand everything, just didn't seem as forward as I liked. I then boosted the volume level of the Center a bit and that did seem to help. I then broke out the old Radio Shack SPL meter to see how Audyssey did calibrating. Not very well, unless it's more accurate than the SPL Meter. A couple of the Surrounds were about 5dB lower than the other speakers. The Fronts were all fairly close, but that was after I had already bumped the Center Volume up a few dB. So it appears that Audyssey set the Center volume too low.
For those who like to bump the dB of their Center Speaker higher than the rest, how many dB do you increase it? I don't want to bring in any other issues by pumping the center volume up too much.