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post #1 of 6 Old 11-30-2019, 08:58 PM - Thread Starter
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5.1 Setup Audyssey or Manual Configuration

Hi,

I recently set up the speaker positions for my new 5.1 system and wondered if anyone could advise on the optimal way to set up the levels, distances etc. The amp does have Audyssey, but I've read posts reporting varying degrees of success, also the room shape is not ideal as the sofa is near the back wall.

Would manually setting it up be a better option, using a SPL meter for levels and measuring the distance from the main seating position to the speakers with a laser measure pointed at the cones. In regards to the bipolar surrounds, do I measure just to the nearest side speaker?

I assume all speakers should be set to small with a 80hz crossover. One thing that I would like to get right is the sub going deep on low frequencies such as explosions but not booming on music. Unfortunately I cannot move the sub, but I tried to get it away from the corner.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks

My setup is:
Denon AVR-X3500H
Klipsch RP-4000F Fronts
Klipsch RP-404C Centre
Klipsch RP-402S Surrounds
Klipsch SPL-100 Subwoofer
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Let the auto setup do it, its very good with distances and levels. You can double check levels if you want later. Distance to sub will most likly show as more then it really is but thats because of internal sub DSP delays so the AVR ‘see’ it as further away, which it should. If you dont like audyssey itself you can turn it off after setup. Getting the distances/levels is only the first position which is easy to get right, what some have problems with is the other measurement spots that are only for the room correction, they measure too far away from 1st spot, hold the mic or other mistakes, some user and some enviromental thats just unlucky like noise from outside etc.


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Let Audyssey do the work and then adjust, if needed, once you start listening to content. I use various test tracks and movie scenes that I know well and typically adjust half a db of trim here or there, until it sounds just right to me.
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Thanks, I will try Audyssey and see how it turns out.

Are there any rookie mistakes that can be made with that approach, or is it just a case of getting the mic pointing to the ceiling in the correct positions and the same (ear) height?

Also, while the test is being done, do I just sit next to the tripod or could that affect the accuracy?

Would it be better to set it up at night as I do live on a busy road that might interefere with the process?
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Thanks alot for the links, looks like there is a fair bit of reading to get through before starting.

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