Want to start with welcoming Doug to the forum. Found out that he has been
building HT system and music conservatories in a professional capacity since
the late 70's. He and I spent some time on the phone yesterday and he gave
me a great overview of how to properly set up my speakers...
....which, by the way, do jive with what Gregg Loewen suggested.
Anyway, Doug is going to be a huge asset to the speaker area of this forum.
Thanks for joining.
Finally got my speakers hooked up and calibrated using Audyssey on my
Popped in Pacific Rim and was frustrated that there was no sound being
directed to the rear speakers. Didn't take long for me to think about going
into the menu setup. Duh....these discs don't necessarily default to 7.1.
Listening to Pacific Rim, and then Chicago, I was able to faintly make out
the sounds being encoded to those channels. I realize that my setup is not
optimal, and as such, I have a feeling that the sides are canceling out the
rears as it's very hard to pinpoint where the sound is coming from.
Doug has urged me to drill holes and point the rears downward. At some
point I may be forced to do that, or, if I can find a way to tilt the speakers
on the pole stand, that might work better.
I am glad I saved all the Dolby Digital and DTS demo discs that I had picked
up at trade shows over the year. Found the Dolby Digital HD3 demo disc to
be the most impressive demonstration of 7.1 sound with its various music
clips and even a scene from Transformers. I was able to hear more precise
effect and musical instrument placement on those discs. Of course, their
bouncing sphere log with traveling female voice is kind of incredible to hear.
So, the 7.1 has turned out to be an enhancement, but thus far, I am not
certain a huge one. It seems like anything going to those rear channels is
being drowned out by the side ones. However, when listening to the Dolby
Digital logo sequence, it seemed that the sound was evenly being distributed.
...and again, I know my setup is causing this problem.