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22-06-2003, 09:35 AM
My 2011 sound fine with movies and even at -10 on the volume it is quite loud, however when playing music either in 2 Channel stero mode or pro-logic mode the music is very quite at -10 and even at +6 it really doesn't have that much 'loudness' especially copared to the levels with DVD's. Has anyone else noticed this?
On a seperate note, I've just got my new Atacama AV stand and I've positioned the centre speaker on the middle shelf, should the centre speaker be positioned closer to the listening position than the front speakers or further back?
22-06-2003, 06:16 PM
I tend to find I listen to analogue sources (Sky, TV, VCR) at about -25 to -20 on my 2011, with DVDs ranging from around -13 to -10 depending on the disc and the time of night. On the odd occasion I listen to CDs through the 2011 I set it to about -20.
Regarding your centre channel, the accepted best practice is to ensure that the centre is at least slightly behind the imaginary horizontal line between the two front speakers. Ideally the front three speakers should be arranged in a slightly concave arc. The centre should not be placed in front of the L/R speakers if at all possible.
22-06-2003, 08:01 PM
Juboy is bang on with what he mentions. Another way is to reduce the output of the centre channel by a few dB's.
I do this regardless because quite often, discrete centre channel recordings sound too "in your face" and a few dB's lower on this channel just seems help the coherence of the front soundstage.
Try it and see :)~:-)~:smile:
22-06-2003, 10:18 PM
I'll adjust it so that the centre speaker is further away from the listening position compared to the main speakers.
Juboy, do you really only have the volume at that level? I've jsut watched Attack of the clones on DVD and had the volume level at 0. When playing CD's I seem to have it at around +6.
Can anyone else with a 2011 please input as to what sort of colume levels they usually listen to.
22-06-2003, 11:14 PM
:( sorry to reply to this as I cant comment on your volume levels. But was wondering how much you got the 2011 for and where.
Is it worth paying the extra for it and wait a month or so and save. am the maranz or yamaha guy. am on a bit of a budget.
Cheers from a guy that is just very jealous.
23-06-2003, 06:35 AM
Zero, it must be remembered that speakers have different sensitivity levels, I use Kefs all round, which are fairly high sensitivity rated, if yours are lower you'll be needing to turn the amp up higher to get the same perceived volume levels.
Youngy, got my 2011 from Unbeatable on the insane opening offer with the Computer Shopper voucher. One of the best and luckiest purchases of my AV life (other than being introduced to the world of Velodyne by Uncle Eric). Had to wait a few months but boy, it was worth it.
23-06-2003, 08:57 AM
When circumstances allow i run DVDs at around -10 and CD at the same volume...any louder i'd be worried about hearing damage.
23-06-2003, 09:24 AM
I'm running B&W 603's. and 601's. coupled with a REL Strata 3 sub.
Youngy989, I paid around £800 for the Amp and I purchased it from www.hifibittz.co.uk I also purchased a pioneer DVD player to go with it.
I was very impressed with their service. I had called around 7-8 places that day and no one had any in stock, this company had just got a batch in and I phoned the order through at 4:30pm on a Friday and the courier delivered them the next morning at 8:30am.
I am very pleased with the amp and whilst the sony 930 was a good amp in it's time the pioneer just takes the sound stage to a higher level.
Perhaps I just like my sounds really loud?
23-06-2003, 10:57 AM
Have you done the full MCACC calibration? If so then stereo will inevitably sound quieter, since there will only be two speakers working at one time :)~:-)~:smile: .
Secondly, are you going for impact or distortion? When I had a listen to the Pioneer in a shop we turned it up to 0 on the Prodigy's Breathe. It was like being smacked round the head with a wooden plank, but the sound was never hard or distorted, as you get with less well built amplifiers. :bow:
23-06-2003, 11:10 AM
I've done the calibration, however I've moved the speakers around a little and re-adjusted the sub abd therefore I'm going to re-calibrate again.
The sound (even at 0 volume) is never distorted, I did find with my Sony 930 that when the volume was at similar db's then the sound was nowhere near as chisp.
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