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I meant to add this earlier, but I didn't have time, so here goes:

If you're adjusting levels by ear, without an SPL meter, set the receiver volume to your normal listening level, then go into the audio menu to adjust the individual levels. Start with the main speakers. Check the left and right levels individually, then play something in stereo. If the audio sounds like it's properly "centered" in the front soundstage, the levels are probably closely matched. From there, test the center channel and then the surrounds, and match them to the level of the mains.

When testing the subwoofer, keep in mind that you will have to turn it up louder than necessary for a test tone to sound roughly as loud as it does on regular speakers, which means it will likely be too loud for regular listening (i.e., a bass- or LFE-heavy movie or audio track). In that case, adjust it until it sounds roughly comparable, then dial it back a few dB. Then test with a movie track and adjust the subwoofer level up or down as desired until it seems more properly balanced with the rest of the speakers.

(If it's too soft, you won't be satisfied with how the sub "pounds"; if it's too loud, it may sound boomy or the bass may be otherwise exaggerate or out-of-balance with the rest of the speakers.)

That's how I'd do it, anyway. :p
 

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Hi Marc,

I am actually thinking about getting a sound level meter, I just have to find one somewhere. What do you use to test the sound, a specific CD or DVD or just use the test tone? And what volume level do you set the receiver to?

Transmico.
I bought a Radio Shack meter on Ebay for about $35 delivered. I use the Avia Home Theatre DVD and try to hit 80dB per speaker.

Other times I just use the built in mic utility. They're both produce good results.
 

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Hi Marc,

I don't think the HT-S3300 has a built in sound utility, if it does I don't see it in the manual. Can you point me in the right direction if you know where to find it?

Transmico.
 

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Hi Marc,

I don't think the HT-S3300 has a built in sound utility, if it does I don't see it in the manual. Can you point me in the right direction if you know where to find it?
I think Marc may be under the same mistaken impression that 57 and I were, earlier on, regarding what "Audyssey" means with respect to your HTiB (vs. what it normally means - namely, a built-in, auto-calibration function w/ microphone).
 

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If you have an iPhone or compatible iPod Touch, there is an SPL Meter app for a few bucks that seems to work just fine (though I have nothing to compare it to).
 

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I don't have one yet but it's on my xmas list. I'll just have to convince the wife!:D

Thank you everyone for your help, I will give you updates in the near future.

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My bad. I have the TX-SR606. I was under the mistaken impression Onkyo included mic calibration on their whole line.
 
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