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How to get the best balance of sound from my setup?

Discussion in 'Speakers & Subwoofers' started by London Lawson, Jan 17, 2006.

  1. London Lawson

    London Lawson Second Unit

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    I feel like my front speakers might be putting out more bass than they should and my sub isn't doing like it should. I have Paradigm Monitor 3 v.3 for fronts and a Paradigm CC370v.3 for a center and a Paradigm PW2200 for a sub. What are some basic settings I should set? I don't have an spl meter. I have not messed with any of the settings on the back of my sub.
     
  2. Jeff Gatie

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    Read the FAQ entry about calibration. This is a must step for a HT. You'll be surprised at how good it sounds after calibration. Also, you spent a fair amount of money on that system, an SPL meter is $40-$45 and will make it sound better than any Monster Cable or silly tweak that costs hundreds more. Get the SPL meter, you won't regret it.
     
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    You can begin by setting your speakers to small and crossover to 80hz
     
  4. London Lawson

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    I don't know where on my reciever I would do that or if I can. Kenwood vr7080
     
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    Every home theater receiver can adjust the individual speaker levels (calibration) and almost all let you set your speakers to "small". You have to look in the manual to find the procedure(s). The manual for that model is not online so I can't help you there.
     
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    1. Read the manual for your receiver

    2. Get Avia + Radio Shack SPL meter

    3. Read up on speaker/subwoofer placement and calibration (www.audioholics.com, ecoustics.com)

    4. Calibrate, verify, calibrate again,

    5. Get upgraditis, convince significant other of need for new equipment

    6. Repeate process
     

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