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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 2007-01-02, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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Neo:6 vs Dolby Digital

I have been wathcing movies on bell expressvu in neo:6 using an optical cable and it sounds great, much better than pro logic 1 or 2 from what I can hear. Also I have been watching dvd's in dolby digital (using a cheap optical cable) and I've been experiencing difficulty hearing dialog clearly. Even with the center channel at the +10 setting (max). Could this be due to the cheap optical cable or is it a speaker issue? I do have a stage 2 monster line conditioner aswell. Thanks for all who respond.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 2007-01-02, 08:19 PM
 
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I find setting my Sony receiver to "Auto A.F.D." provides the best possible audio quality for whatever source material I am watching, and I don't have to do a thing.
If I'm watching a movie and it's DTS, or DD 5.1, the receiver automatically reproduces that sound source.
In my experience, I would only tinker with the audio settings if the source material was PCM 48 or DD 2.1.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 2007-01-02, 09:55 PM
 
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I would not calibrate my receiver based on BEV audio

I would only calibrate with a known good source like dvd/hd-dvd because there are all kinds of issues with what the channel provider is sending you.
If your system sounds good with a dvd then leave it and write off problems with BEV as source issues.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 2007-01-02, 11:33 PM
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It would really be good for you to tell us what equipment you are running and the audio configuration.
Generally, getting the dialog volume from the center channel can be a problem in DD. Unless you have a hardware problem, adjustments to your "soundfield" might be required. Using the test noise, you can approximate speaker settings if you don't have a meter or autocalibration. Start with the front left and right levels and get them to a manageable level. If your receiver levels go from -10 to +10, maybe work at zero for the fronts and build from there. The center might then be more acceptable in the +5 to +7 range for dialog. Because surrounds might be closer, they might even be -1 to -2 level. But you try to get a balanced sweet spot from the sweep of the test noise.
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