Help with Denon 2900 setup

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  1. Alan Wise

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    Because I was not born with much in the way of patience, and the fact that I find Denon's manuals lacking in the way of user friendlyness, I am requesting help in setting up my Denon 2900 player.
    I have it connected to my new Denon AVR-3805 receiver as follows:

    Red, Green, Blue component cables.
    Toslink Digital Optical Audio.
    6-Analog cables for DVD-A and SACD (set AVR input to "EXT-In" while playing these).

    So far all seems good using the system defaults.
    But, I'm certain that there are little tweaks to be done that can optimize my home theater experience.
    I should note that this system is used primarily for movies.

    All reccomendations would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks, Al. Wise
     
  2. John Garcia

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    If this is the only component video device you have, there is no real reason to hook it to your receiver.

    Calibrating your speakers with a sound pressure level meter would be your next step. Then video calibration with a setup disc such as Avia or Digital Video Essentials would be beneficial to your video side.
     
  3. Alan Wise

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    John,
    Thanks for the reply.
    I also have my Comcast 6200/2005 HD-CATV box and a second DVD player connected through via component video cables.
    I enjoy the ability to allow the receiver do the switching and leave my Sony HD-RPTV on one video setting (Besides being impatient, I'm lazy).
    I set up my Denon AVR-3805 with the microphone that I purchased at the same time. Do you think I should check this calibration with an SPL meter? I don't own one but this would be a good excuse to buy it.

    I have run my DVE disk and calibrated the video accordingly.

    Thanks again, Al. Wise
     
  4. John Garcia

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    Well, haven't heard if anyone compared the Denon's ability to calibrate with an SPL meter, so I can't say if it is good at doing this or not, but I'd wager it will do a decent job. Since you've already done the video calibration, you're already doing well in my book [​IMG] The next thing might be to look at what types of things to do to the room to improve the sound. Speacker placement, corner and/or wall treatments, etc...

    Any excuse is a good excuse to pick up an SPL meter. [​IMG]

    I haven't gotten around to picking up a component cable for my Comcast box that I got about a week ago.
     
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    Go into you 2900's Setup Menu and tweak the SACD and DVD-A sections to your taste. Also, if using bass-management in your receiver, be sure to disable it in the 2900.

    Bill
     
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    how should the dvd-2900's speaker settings and delays be configured when being used with a AVR3805? Does the speaker settings, crossovers, and EQ effect the EXT IN?
     
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    I'm going to get into the set up menu this weekend and play around some. I will go to Radio Shack and buy an SPL meter, and do a comparison test versus the Denon auto system. Obviously I will publish the results on this forum.

    Jeremy, you have the same questions that I do. Perhaps my experimenting this weekend will give us some answers.

    Thanks guys!

    Al. Wise
     
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    if it's like my 3803, except for the ext. in levels, the receiver's settings are not applied to it's multichannel analog inputs.

    use your 2900 to bass/time manage it's analog output.
     
  9. Alan Wise

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    Thanks Scott!

    Al. Wise
     
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    I know that. I was just wondering if the 3805 was different. And even if the speaker settings are not applied, is the AUTO EQ applied to the EXT IN?
     
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    For most receivers, no tone controls, speaker settings or bass management is applied to the multichannel inputs. On my receiver there is a separate area to calibrate the m/c input levels.
     
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    My Pioneer Elite 53TX came really close. We're talking +/- 1dB in terms of adjustments made when compared with SPL readings, and the distances were just as close. For the average user without an SPL meter, I was extremely impressed at what a great job it did.

    I'd guess the Denon would be close as well. Please post here, I'd be interested to hear how well it does.
     

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