Originally Posted by mthomas47
Speaking only for myself, in my room, with my system, the most natural sound is achieved with Flat, no DEQ, and -1 Treble on my front speakers (using my Tone Control). Others on the thread will undoubtedly have entirely different views regarding what makes acoustical instruments, with which they are familiar, sound most natural in their rooms, with their systems..
In my room, with my system, with most
movies and most
music the most natural sound is with Audyssey Flat
, and No DEQ
. I shy away from cutting the Treble
(although I have to on one old movie). I do use the Tone
control to adjust bass on the LF & RF, usually between 0 (flat) and +6 dB. I boost the sub, as do most people here, anywhere from 3 dB to 8 dB. I set the Main Volume by ear. With music
on CD or SACD, it can be anywhere, depending on the disk. I listen to virtually all kinds of music, especially classical and later orchestral, at a SPL close to live. With movies
the Main Volume setting starts out at 5 dB below reference, awaiting confirmation when dialog starts. The dialog sounds natural, and measures that way*
, at 5 dB below reference most
of the time. If I played back at a significantly lower level, I might use DEQ.
I measured friends talking naturally in our HT. The mean centered around 60 to 65 dB, peaking at 70 dB, or a bit higher, all at C weighting, "Fast." When I tried a few movies, setting the MV by ear, as usual, the dialog measured at those same levels. Looking at the MV, I saw it was set to 5 dB below reference! There are exceptions, like one Lilly Tomlin movie, in which she speaks very emphatically, occasionally producing peaks of 74 dB at a MV setting of 6 dB below reference. All of this is based on using Blu-rays, almost always with DTS HD Master. DVDs seem to be recorded at a significantly lower level.