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David Preston

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Mar 23, 2003
I just bought the marantz 4300. I beleive I got a pretty good deal on it. I paid $375. I thought about getting the 5300 but I didn't need the front inputs and its only 10 wpc more. Could have got it for $529. My question is how should I set the distance on speakers. I sit about 8 ft away from my tv. I was watching a movies the other day and noticed that the actors mouth was moving different that the sound I was hearing. Could it have been the dvd or have I got the distance or delay wrong? Also should I set my front sreakers to small even though the are 12" cerwin-vega floorstanding speakers. If anyone can help tell me the best way to set this thing up. Not use to these features I just upgraded from a older pro-logic receiver. Thanks in advance. David

Brett DiMichele

Senior HTF Member
Sep 30, 2001
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The speaker distances should always be measured to the
general seating area or if there is more than one area
you could set the speaker delay to the center of the room
this isn't the best way, but if you have seating all over
the room there isn't much you can do about it.

Also you should pick up a RadioShack Analog SPL Meter
and Avia or Video Essentials disks and do a proper sound
level calibration of all the speakers.

As far as setting small or large... Do you have a seperate
powere sub woofer? If so, you can set the mains to small
and see if you like the way it sounds. If you do not have
a seperate dedicated sub then run the mains as large and set
Sub = No that way all Low Frequency Effects (LFE) are directed
to your main speakers.

As far as the dialog not matching the mouthes of the actors.
This is not a DVD issue. It is either your speaker delay
settings (distance) or just the location of the center
channel in general. If you have a large Rear Projection TV
I would suggest angling the center channel downwards. Use
a Laser Pointer or string and go from the tweeter of the
center channel to ear level in the listening position and
set the center to that angle (you may have to get creative
here and use shims or something).

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