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AV Receiver has to be cranked up.... this normal?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by titanax, Jan 1, 2004.

  1. titanax

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    Hi all,

    My receiver has to be pumped to about -45db (range: -99db to 0db) to actually be able to listen to the dialogue. But only on some scenes that are mainly dialogue based, but where there are lots of actions...I can leave it at -60db to -65db.

    Is my receiver not powerful enough to drive my speakers? Especially my centre speaker?

    Please advise.

    My HT setup:
    RECEIVER: YAMAHA RX-V540
    DVD PLAYER: PIONEER DV-266
    S/WOOFER: YAMAHA YST-SW015

    CENTRE SPEAKER: ACCOUSTIC RESEARH MC1.HOL IMAGING
    FRONT SPEAKERS: TANNOY SIXES 609
    REAR SPEAKERS: TANNOY SIXES 603
     
  2. rupbert

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    I have the same effect on some older DVD's...

    I have receiver volume at -35 when watching TV, -50 when listening to integrated tuner, -45 on recent DVD's and -40 on some older...

    It all depends on how the source was transferred...

    However since you mention that it dialogue, the sub could be overpowering the rest of the speakers.

    Try the receivers test tone...
     
  3. titanax

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    The receiver's test-tones are all fine. But I just placed an order on the Sound & Vision HT Calibration dvd to be 100% sure.

    I noticed an issue with choice of audio setup:

    When I play "Mummy Returns" on DTS mode, I don't have to crank the volume at all...its sounds great at -65db to -60db, but when I change the audio set-up to DOLBY DIGITAL, I have to turn it up to -50db to get clarity on the dialogue.

    It is even worse with "Star Wars II"...for good dialogue I'd have to turn the volume up to -45db. Pity SWII doesn't come with DTS, so I couldn't test that.

    My receiver supports both DTS & DD, so why such a diff in the volume?
     
  4. rupbert

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    Yeah DTS on Terminator 3 seems to be alot louder on my receiver...

    Weird.
     
  5. Markie Boy

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    If I remember correctly DTS tracks are recorede at a higher dB rating on DVD than DD.

    Markie Boy
     
  6. rupbert

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    Just bought Just Married, a recent DVD Region 2 release...

    Does not have a DTS soundtrack, so listened to it in DD at -40 , the dialogue was at times quiet low, even though environmental noise / background music was 'loud'...
     
  7. bobgriffiths

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    The only thing changing in the system is the discs if your amp drives your speakers well on a few discs or with the TV/SKY input.
    Then its not your reciever.
    Many people buy test discs but without a SPL meter they are often useless espescially for setting a sub woofer. its very very difficult to set the correct bass level without a meter its often much lower than you think.
    a centre speakers volume has very little to do with clarity
     
  8. Nobber22

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    Agreed. But you shouldn't calibrate your speakers once and then leave them alone forever IMO. Some films (eg. Se7en) I believe need their centre channel turned up a few notches, to allow me to hear the dialogue better. It just isn't loud enough.

    Like most people, I always prefer to turn up the master volume a bit first, but am never afraid to fiddle with individual level settings on one particular title.
     
  9. titanax

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    I am new to the test disc arena so please bear with me....

    Are the SPL meters within the test discs or does 1 have to purchase them separately...what kind of SPL meters are there, how are they on pricing ?

    Any comments on Sound & Vision's calibration disc? I'm sure they don't come with SPL meter rite ?
     

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