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So many freaking sound modes

Hi, I have a Denon AVR2500H paired with a pair of KEF Q350s and one thing I am struggling with is what sound mode to use for movies and music. The AVR automatically switches to "movie" or "music" mode depending on what I am doing, however each of those modes has a bunch of submodes. I read quite a few threads online about this but I would love to hear what other people think works best with a 2.0 setup. I personally go with stereo mode in both cases, the matrix mode seems to work nicely as well.
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If you’re watching movies, you should consider adding a center channel.
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Use what you like.
That's not really a helpful post ratman...anyway the poster has a 2.0 system like myself and everything he uses will be down mixed anyway.My opinion is use what's bests for a stereo setup and forget about dts:x...or any other matrixed sound...more than likely it will sound lower in volume and detail.

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I personally go with stereo mode in both cases, the matrix mode seems to work nicely as well.
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That's not really a helpful post ratman...
2 speakers. The OP uses stereo mode. That's probably a good choice IMO. If matrix mode works nicely, that's OK too.



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If he only has 2.0 and he uses any surround mode would not a 5.1 channel disc send info to channels that are not there, therefore losing it? Would a matrix still lose the signal sent to LFE?
Even a 2 channel mix would sound weak in my experience if not in stereo and there are no surround speakers.

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The problem is it depends. Depends on the mode and the way the mix was done and how it interacts with the mode. Usually a stereo mode will work best, but some times a different mode might give more punch or sound better or be clearer.

That's the problem - the mode to use depends on the content being played - one movie might require stereo to sound best, while another movie a downmix sounds better. Which one to use depends, and it's one reason why they toss so many in. The only real way is to try a few of them and pick the best. (Once you test a few, you know which ones affect the sound the most and are the ones to try, while the other ones can fine tune it).

The modes are free to use, so there is no harm in testing them all.
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