KEF Calibration

mactep76

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Hi, I have a set of KEF3051 speakers hooked up with an Onkyo SR804 reciever. I did an auto calibration using a supplied microphone. do i have to further change anything when it comes to sound calibration. I know absolutedly nothing about the technical terms like Hz, ohm, db etc..

Also, what listening modes are best for what types of inputs. Listening modes available on Onkyo are: Pure Audio, Direct, Stereo, Mono, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, PLIIx Movie, PLIIx Music, Dolby Digital EX, DTS+Dolby EX, Dolby Digital+PLIIX Music, DTS 96/24, DTS-ES Discrete, DTS-ES Matrix etc..totally overkilled and confusing...

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Arthur S

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If the auto cal sounds good leave it alone. I use Stereo, Dolby Digital, DTS, and very rarely anything else. IF you have 7.1 use DLPIIx.

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PS It takes a lot of reading and testing all the different surround modes to decide which are really worth bothering with.

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mactep76

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Thanks, Arthur.. i guess those modes come on automatically depending on what kind of input comes in.. for instance if tv is on ESPN HD, it would automatically go on DD?
 

Jeff Gatie

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If you set the receiver to decode "auto" (probably the default setting) it will pick the best codec 99% of the time. If the program/DVD is in DD, it will output DD. If you choose DTS, it will output DTS. If the program is in stereo, it will output stereo (while decoding any Pro-Logic surround info in the stereo signal). All the ES, EX addtions to DD and DTS are digital 6.1 formats and will only play if you have a 6.1 (or 7.1) speaker setup.

The only thing you may want to change is to have pro-Logic sources default to Pro-Logic II (if they don't already). It does a better job at surround info that regular Pro-Logic.
 

mactep76

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it's set to auto..but seems that no matter what i do, i cant get the DTS to output from DVD player. keeps going into PCM Multichanel.... getting very frustraiting..please help. thanks
 

Jeff Gatie

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You have to manually turn DTS on in the DVD setup menu. DTS is off by default 99% of the time because it can damage some receivers.
 

mactep76

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thanks Jeff, i finally figured it out yesterday..i set some option to Auto..now i get DTS. watched Pulp Fiction over again..great movie
) is there any special way i have to calibrate a subwoofer..now it's set to 0db.. is that correct? also i have several switches on it(crossover i think)...i left it the way it came...
 

Jeff Gatie

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The Primer, available in the Basics section, has a detailed description on how to calibrate your whole system. Good reading there!
 

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