I am settling into my new 7.2.4 config (FL/FR, C, SL/SR, SBL/SBR, FHL/FHR, RHL/RHR, plus 2 SWs in a 16' x 18' multipurpose room with 9' ceilings). Since the whole family is in quarantine I haven't been able to really open it up as the only Atmos movies I have are not ones my young boys should watch just yet. However, while watching some Atmos demos, my wife even commented how she can understand why I was looking at upgrading our TV a few weeks ago. I will take that as a victory.
Can I get anyone's thoughts on the following?
- I went through the Audyssey config with the mic. When looking at the speaker levels they are all in the negatives. FL/FR are -3 all the way down to SWs are -7. Is this telling of something particular in my setup? Should I tweak it in any way? I admit I don't have the nuanced ear most of you probably have, and it sounds so much better than what I had before, but I don't know what I don't know. Is the 8500 too much for my room?
- I switched out my original FHL/FHR speakers for a larger pair. Do I need to re-run the Audyssey config completely or just set the levels for these new ones so it sounds uniform with the other speakers (which is a -3/-3.5)?
- How big is the payoff for connecting either Front Wides or a Center High? I saw in the Denon manual a config where I can add either to my setup. I have read there are some limitations to how often either of these speakers are used, but I do have an extra set of speakers I could throw somewhere if it would matter. I am hesitant to do it cause I don't think more is always better, it clutters things up a bit, and it would be more speaker wire to hide. But if it opens up my sound stage or fills in some gaps, I am willing to consider it. I know this is a matter of opinion, so responses from those who have actually tried it are appreciated.
- Anyone care to comment on their "go to" scenes to show off their setups? For me it was Matrix Chapter 30 with all the bullets and bass. However my boys are old enough but still young enough now that I am mindful of all that goes on in that scene. The Dolby demos via the Xbox are nice, but is there something else I should be aware of?
This whole process has been exciting and knowing I have this forum is a peace of mind as I wander into territory I haven't been in for years. My first surround sound setup was a Canon 4 head VCR and Canon surround sound selector I convinced my dad to buy from the local movie rental place. I had 2 homemade speakers in the back and my 2 Pioneers up front, and boy was I hooked! I don't have the time to fiddle with it like I could back then, so your insights and experience are again, much appreciated.
Thanks and be safe everyone!