Originally Posted by tom886
You can back up the professional calibration with the web-interface, so if you think your result is not good, you upload the calibration to the receiver again.
I do have the file with all the calibration info on it, but doing the audio calibration with a microphone with test tones will make the audio worse. I consider that file for emergencies only. And, it won't improve the design of my center channel's performance. I can try turning up the dialog setting, but that will only make the dialog louder while sitting in front of it...off setting the balance with the rest of the system. Off axis, it might make the dialog perform better in a way I might be able to make out the dialog...maybe, but that won't change the design of the center channel drivers since they are not capable of dispersing sound waves to the sides of the room.
If turning the dialog portion up works for those sitting off axis from the center channel, then the dialog will certainly be too loud for the person setting in the center (directly in front of it.)
I think what I need is a center channel that is capable of dispersing audio signals for those who are sitting off axis, while still maintain a sense that the audio is coming from the center. However I'm not going to do that till I buy new mains and get a center channel that match.
Even now sitting off axis, I can tell the audio is coming from the center, it's just very hard to hear. If a real person was standing where my center channel is, and if I was sitting or standing way off axis from that person, I'd still not only be able to tell where the sound is coming from, but I'd be able to understand what is being said. If a person has his hand muffling his mouth while speaking, no matter how loud he speaks, I still won't be able to understand the words.
I think the center channel speaker is the problem and I don't believe any amount of calibration can fix that. But I will just for the hell of it turn up this dialog setting and see what happens.