avia/VE vs. receiver tones vs. THX OPTIMIZER

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  1. Troy_K

    Troy_K Stunt Coordinator

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    Well guys, I have spent weeks trying to properly calibrate my mains, center, rear and new SVS sub. I kept tweaking, and repositioning, and just wasn't very satisfied. Even thought I got a perfect level match with my SPL meter, my left main seemed to be too loud, my center was weak, and the right rear was the only rear I could hear very well. This was all with my Denon's test tones calibrated to 75 db at 00 on the volume.

    I discovered the THX Optimizer on my Toy Story DVD, and ran the tones on there with my Denon at 00. Boy was there a difference. I had to back off many of my channels by as much as 5-6 db! I finally got all the channels to match at 75 db, set the sub to 80, and walla! Everything sounds so much better. If this new setting is reference at 00, I can finally take it. Before, I could never stand 00 for more than a second.

    Can anybody here tell me if the test tones on the THX optimizer are more/less accurate than that of AVIA or VE? Also, I know AVIA calibrates at 85db, and VE at 75. Can somebody compare this who has Toy Story for us with the THX optimizer tones?

    Thanks,

    Troy
     
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  3. Troy_K

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    Yea, I've learned now that Optimode pretty much is useless. Even THX on their website says not to use it to adjust speaker level volumes. I got the new Sound and Vision Home Theater Setup DVD, and it rocks. See my review/results in my new thread.

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