I have a (couple?) problem(s) and am ot entirely sure where to post this, so please feel free to redirect me.
I am very new to this, but have been doing tons of research.
I purchased, nstalled, and set up my system through the last week (installing wires in walls, in-ceiling speakers, etc.) for a 5.1.4 setup.
Began listening Wednesday. I was imediately impressed with the crystal clarity present in music, as I'd never heard KEF before but was following the recommendations of many gurus on this site who seemed to speak with credible authority when I finally made my purchase. This after about a year and a half lurking on these forums.
I watched this cool little animated Dolby Escape
video with my boys which showcases Dolby Atmos/Vision that came embedded in the software of my television.
PROBLEM: What I noticed was, at the 33 second mark, when the girl in the video flips the switches on her tuning fork, the 3 or 4 tones emitted were barely audible and I had to raise the volume exceptionally in order to hear them.
I ran Audyssey the <Wednesday> night before last after receiving and hooking up the subwoofer. Had a glitch telling me the center speaker was out of phase and recommending I check polarity and ignore if correct. Polarity was correct, so I ignored. While verifying settings, I discovered Audyssey had set my Fronts (Q700s) and Center (Q600C) to 60Hz Xover, so I adjusted to 80. Top fronts were at 90, Top Rears at 80, Rears (port-plugged Q100s) at 110. I changed The fronts and center to 80 and kept everything else the same.
Listened to some music pretty low volume, with the family sleeping.
Then last night, I googled this forum for some ideas for tracks that test range and clarity and played them on Tidal. Here's the rub; when I played Portishead's Glory Box and Wandering Star (tracks I enjoyed on my old AIWA shelf-system back in the day)
PROBLEM: I realized that the vocals were considerably louder than the instrumentation. I remembered them being almost equally matched, so I find this very curious. I played the same songs on my cheap <Roku> earbuds at work, being played on my computer with a HORRIBLE onboard audio in an HP min-case. The vocals and instrumentals were much more evenly matched, as I had remembered them on my AIWA back in '93.
So, is this just the sound profile of KEF? Or did something go wacky with Audyssey, maybe having to do with some kind of noise cancellation from the center speaker? Or am I not running sufficient wattage with the SR7012 to power the front channels?
I've read, from a review on Amazon, that there is an issue with the internal quality of the knob between the rear binding posts utilized for bi-wiring or bi-amping these speakers and that you should externally bi-amp them to get the proper range of the speakers. Is there validity to this and could that be what's going on here? The cables are currently hooked to the bottom binding posts and I intend to bi-wire them anyway but just have not yet done so.
Any help or advice is appreciated.
Don't know if relevant, but in hindsight I never adjusted the volume of the subwoofer in Audyssey, as I have seen performed in a video before the testing is performed. I put the volume at 50%, as directed by Rythmik, and the results of the final setting for the SW, as a result of running Audyssey, was -5dB.