Originally Posted by Nordo
Just run MultEQ Editor on my Denon X1500H (7.1 system).
Results look very good using REW.
Listened to some music, and the sound was great (default sound mode was Multi Ch Stereo).
However when I changed to other modes such as DTS Neural:X or any of the Dolby Digial modes, it sounded like I had thrown a heavy blanket over my whole system.
Tried some movies with the same result.
Over the years I've heard of other people with this problem, but it's the first time I have experienced such a dramatic difference in the various sound modes.
Any ideas why this is happening?
I mostly watch movies and, as many don't have enhanced sound (DTS, etc.), I usually use Neural:X.
But now that's not an option.
Originally Posted by Soulburner
You should use the default mode for the format. So that's usually Stereo for 2.0 music and whatever format the movie used: Dolby Digital, True HD, DTS-HD, etc. Do you watch a lot of older movies? If so, try the Dolby Surround mode if you have it.
Mike (mthomas47) convinced me to try PL II Music
(on Marantz; I don't know what sister company Denon calls it) on some 2 channel music
. It works really well on some 2 channel (making it into a simulated 5.1 on my 5.1 system), much better than I would have thought, and on other 2 channel music, Stereo seems to work best. So I try both with a music disk.
... I think Dolby Surround for older movies
has been updated into (Dolby) PL II Movie
(Pro Logic II Movie
), at least on Marantz; I'm not sure what Denon calls it. For two channel stereo sources on movies and TV it works well on my setup. It puts the dialog in the center channel where it belongs, but feeds a variable amount of the music and sound effects to the other channels, with some films and not others. It worked well on Downton Abby
, which wouldn't have had the dialogue in the center channel otherwise (our soundstage is 14 feet wide, tweeter center to tweeter center, so a phantom center for dialogue is too broad). Some older movies
made 1953 and later have 4 or 6 channel sound, so when we run them we let our equipment pick the mode, which is often DTS Master HD, or Dolby True
HD, since they have been remastered to Blu-ray.
older movies are, well, mono. Criterion
and others put the dialog in the center (sometimes). I think Denon has a special mode for this, so check manual.
Multi Channel Stereo
, page 118 of your manual, (as opposed to Multi Channel In
) tends to be exciting
and a few dB louder
than the other choices (is that what you are hearing?) because it puts a nearly equal amount of the 2 channels of sound in all 5 or 7 channels -- left into all left
speakers, right into all right
speakers, and the center an equal mix
+ sub -- good for a party ... a sonic high.
If your player will do SCAD or DVD-A, try multichannel music from these formats. Your AVR or pre-pro will select Multi Channel In
(or whatever Denon calls it) for these, with 5 to 7 discrete channels + sub(s). It can be fantastic!