Home theater setup - need help

Discussion in 'Beginners, General Questions' started by Colemont, Aug 31, 2006.

  1. Colemont

    Colemont Auditioning

    Aug 31, 2006
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    Hey everyone. I have a Panasonic 50" WS LCD HDTV. I am having no problems with that. It is something else. I just purchased a Sony 5.1 componet HTIB system - in fact it is this one here - http://shop2.outpost.com/product/478...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG. I then managed to purchase two Polk Audio R15's on sale for $40 for the pair at Frys. I used them as my two front speakers running 16 gauge wire to them. I used the center speaker Sony provided and have NOTHING as the rear/surround speakers because I live in an apartment and am having a hard time setting that up. I just purchased a Sony DVD player with HDMI and progressive scan and HD up conversion - also found here - http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Sony-...oductDetail.do and that is my setup. I am running Matix Optical to the reciever from the DVD player - also found here - http://shop2.outpost.com/product/466...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG

    Now. Here in lies my problem. When listen to a regular cd - the audio seems fine. I turn it up to around 30-35 on the reciever and can hear it fine. However, when I put in a dvd to the same player - the dvd audio is way low, and I almost have to max it out on my reciever to hear ANYTHING. This can't be good. I have it set to Dolby Digital on the reciever - but yet again, I am pretty much only using the two front speaker, the sub, and the center speaker - NO REAR SPEAKERS. Why is the audio so low? Am I missing a setting somewhere? Is it the Optical cables - since they are NOT monster cables?

    Also, would any of this have to do with the speakers being mixed - two Polk Audio R15's as the front L/R and the Sony speaker as the center?

    All in all this is my first HT setup and I found a great deal on all of the equipment and did because I live in an apartment and cant really go with high high end right now - it would be pointless. Thanks for your thoughts and answers, and I hope to build a great relationship here.
  2. Robert_J

    Robert_J Lead Actor

    Aug 22, 2000
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    As long as you have calibrated the speakers, then they will all play at the correct volume. Not being timbre matched, they will sound different as the audio pans across the front stage.

  3. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Administrator

    Jul 3, 1997
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    Ronald Epstein

    Welcome aboard!

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