New to the forum, new to HT, couple questions about existing system

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  1. Paul Sawyer

    Paul Sawyer Auditioning

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    I tried to do a bit of research before I dove into a new TV and stereo, but seemed like I recieved more "biased" opinions from the sites I visited. Too bad I didn;t land here first.

    First, an honest critique of components I ended up purchasing if someone would, then a few questions about set-up and 7.1 surround.

    Pioneer Elite PRO-730HD Monitor
    Pioneer Elite VSX-45TX Reciever
    Pioneer Elite DV-45A DVD player progressive scan DVD audio
    Polk audio RC65i in wall speakers(7-c, r, l, rc, lc, rb,lb)
    Polk Audio PSW450 sub(12")

    My room is 15' x 25' and the system, monitor and entertainment center is on the 15' wall. Seating is about 15-18' away. Unfortunetely, due to the room layout this is as close as I can get and still walk through the room.

    Any problems or deficiencies with these components?

    I set up 7.1 surround with the in wall polks. Is there a list somewhere of 7.1 movies. I searched the media areas to no avail. Is there even an advantage to 7 speakers? Few movies so far even kick those speakers to play. Being somewhat "new" I thought 7.1 surround was the future, I just wonder if I listened too much to the sales guys at the places I comparison shopped. Any movies you recommend? I watched 2 fast 2 furious and it used the rear ones on occasion. What is this format for 7.1 denoted? THX-ES?


    I have a small amount of static feedback in one speaker...is that a defect or a setting issue?

    When setting up surround, what is the best volume level to set each speaker up at? They have max/min setting and I wondered if there is a room size standard?

    Does the sub need to be backed up against a solid surface? Or does it not matter since the back just houses a port hole.

    Thank you in advance.

    Paul
     
  2. Cagri

    Cagri Second Unit

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    I will leave comments on your setup to experts, but about your question regarding setting up volume levels I suggest you to read the FAQ area of this forum. You'll need a ratshack SPL meter in order to properly adjust your individual speaker level settings.
     
  3. ColinM

    ColinM Cinematographer

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    I don't believe there are any movies recorded in 7.1. The system uses matrix decoding to formulate the signal sent to the extra channels, I believe. Lord of the Rings / Fellowship has the Harman company's Logic7 insignia on the back label, but I haven't heard why.

    You have some nice components! No need to upgrade for a long time.

    I don't know what to tell you about the static - a speaker will emit some hiss when active / no signal, that's normal, but it shouldn't be audible from more than a few inches or less away.

    For the surround levels - You should get your hands on an SPL meter (Rat Shack) and one of the set up DVD's - Avia, Video Essentials, S&V, etc. The levels you need are wholly dependent on the room / AVR / Speaker combo and will never be the same between 2 systems. You'll also get video setup procedures that will make the TV look much better than stock. Also think about ISF calibration services for the display.

    Keep the sub's port opening at least 3" away from the wall. It will only matter at hi volume levels, but port's need to breathe.

    Good luck, and again - nice stuf!!
     
  4. Paul Sawyer

    Paul Sawyer Auditioning

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    Appreciate the replies guys.

    One thing to note, the video essentials disc is good for the TV set up, but the reciever uses the mic port on initial set-up to read the room. Something I did a bit of research on. Must be a Pioneer thing?

    I need to do the set-up again I am sure since I did it before carpet and the like.

    Also appreciate the nod for the system component selection. I did some auditioning at the store, but I always wonder how at home it will sound. I've been impressed as have my friends. Plus in review here, I saw some negatives about Pioneer TVs. Everyone has their favorites I suppose.
     
  5. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

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  6. Drew_W

    Drew_W Screenwriter

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    The Auto-MCACC brings the speaker levels close to equal levels, but I still needed to use my trusty SPL meter to get them perfectly calibrated.
     

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