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Sony STR DB1080

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  1. plaver

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    I have the following amp, Sony STR DB1080 with 5 Kef eggs and 200w sub, all works fine, TV sound is excellent, feed via sony freeview box via Tos optical lead, I also have a Pioneer 565A DVD, the Audio DVD's and SACD sound is excellent, now here's my problem, when I am watching DVD's the sound effects are excellent, bullets flying round the room etc but the dialogue is very quiet so I turn up the volume, the next time there's music or a sound effect the walls rattle and I wake up the whole street, How do I increase the centre channel to the increase the dialogue sound level without increasing the overall sound level. The manual is not much help. Does anyone out there have this sony amp and can you advise me better settings for the centre channel.
     
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    night theatre mode
     
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    Tried that, I could not really hear any differance
     
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    on my STR - DB940 remote I have a centre (and rear) channel + / - level buttons, do you not have this option?
     
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    You can just turn the centre speaker up a little ,that should help with the dialogue.
    I wouldn't turn it up too much or it will spoil the effect from the front speakers.
     
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    Yes I have this function as well, the centre and fronts are set to +10db
     
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    You can't adjust the fronts on the sony only the centre and surrounds.
     
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    You can on mine they are call 'Front Surround' 'Centre' 'Rear Surround' I am asumming that 'Front Surround' means the front speakers
     
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    I think you are a little confused, this is what it means .
    Front is for the front speaker ,no level adjustment just a balance control.
    Centre is for the centre speaker -20db to +10db adjustment.
    Surround is for the surround left and right -20db to +10db adjustment.
    Surround back is for the surround back speaker ,this is only use if you have six speakers -20db to +10db adjustment.
    Subwoofer is for the sub -20db to +10db adjustment.

    If you have the centre and rears at +10db its not set up correctly , time for a slp meter.
     
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    Yes you could be right, I have reset the 'level' you mentioned to the following

    Centre +10db
    The surround right and left to 0db would you say this is OK or would recommend different settings
     
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    If you havent a slp meter set them up using the test tones and your ears ,if you sit nearer to the surround speakers than the fronts then i would say that 0db for the surrounds is still too much.As for the center 10db seem quite a lot over the other speakers ,at the end of the day if it sounds all right to you thats all that matters.
     
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    I have played back some of LOTR where the dialogue has appeared quiet, it did seem better.

    When I get sometime on my own I have to play around with these settings using the remote,

    couple of stupid questions, what is a 'SLP' meter and where can I get hold of one.
     
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    Spl meter is used for messuring the sound level,it takes all the guess work out for setting the levels.You can get one from (click me>HERE <click me).
    Well worth the money to get it sounding right.
     
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    Thank you for your help, I'll invest in a SPL to take out the guess work. :smashin:
     
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    also check your speakers are not out of faze (spelling?) as that could cause the centre to be quite if it's in the oposite faze to the mains.
     
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    I got one that I no longer need (Denon 3805 does it all :smashin: ) £20 +P&P and its yours :)
     
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    How about £20 inc P&P provide exe condition and all instructions
     
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    Yeah sounds OK. Its been used a couple of times max :)

    Give me a PM with your details.
     
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    PM has been sent with my details,

    I a little :confused:, is the Denon 3805 a meter, because I can't find any information, do you have link???
     
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    The Denon 3805 is an ace AV amp with a built in system for setting up the speakers, so you don't need a SPL meter.

    Cheers
    Rich
     
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    What a wally I've miss understood the thread.
     

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