What is you BEST Tweak of All-Time?

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  1. Lin Park

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    This thread leaves a lot of room as to what an official tweak is but for now let's just hear what others have done. Assume that there is some "rule" where you can only have a single "tweak" in your system - what is it?
    Examples of things that count:
    Replace factory supplied power cords
    Tilt center channel speaker toward listening area
    Examples of things that do NOT count:
    Add power conditioner (more of an upgrade)
    Drink more beer (more cheating than tweaking [​IMG] )
    I'm sure Mike Knapp won't agree to this "rule" but I'd really like to hear is input on this as I believe he has done quite a bit of tweaking in his day.
    Okay - let's have 'em!!! I'd start but I haven't really done any tweaking that has blown me away yet (hence this thread).
    Lin
     
  2. Dave Dahl

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    Is this a poll?
     
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    Speaker Placement and Acoustic Treatment. Nothing else even comes close!!
     
  4. Bryan Acevedo

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    I would say tilting down my speakers. I have Klipsch RB5 bookshelfs and an RC3 center. I had a custom media niche built, and the speakers are all about the same height, above my 60" RPTV. Since they have horns and are very directional (somehow some people think horns are less directional) aiming them down and toeing them in made them sound much better. By the way, my soundstage during movies is totally even now, the horns are all on a level plane! Sweet!

    So I would have to say speaker placement is the key!

    Bryan
     
  5. Kevin C Brown

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    I think 2:

    1) Moving my front speakers from 6" to 18" out from the front wall.

    2) Adding an EQ to tame room-induced peaks (but not so much valleys) for my sub.
     
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    Speaker placement is the best and cheapest tweak there is.
     
  7. BryanZ

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    1. Speaker placement (include tilting center).

    2. Adding mattes.
     
  8. Jesse Skeen

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    Disabling SVM!!!
     
  9. Alex Spindler

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    Using Avia for the first time. Seeing the movie without the "torch" mode was excellent, and the detail eventually won me over.

    A close second is reshuffling of the protective "mirror" to the back.
     
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    I knew it had to be speaker placement when me and my friend were watching the South Park episode Roger Ebert Should Lay Off the Fatty Foods when I got up and moved my main speakers and he goes wow thats alot better. He was right. Thanks South Park.
     
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    Mattes! Best and cheapest tweak I've ever done!

    Next would be speaker placement, including center speaker positioning.
     
  12. Karim Nogas

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    1. Speaker placement. Finally gave my speakers the room they needed to breathe.

    2. Bi-wiring the mains and centre.

    3. Applying AVIA until I got around to ISF Calibration.
     
  13. Jon_B

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    Using Avia
     
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    Hands down, the best thing i've ever done for my system is purchase the 'AVIA' disc and my SPL meter!
    Up until I got those two things, I was convinced that my system and monitor were set up right, how wrong I was, setting up my system with those showed me just how out of whack my system really was!
     
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    I never biwired. This seemed to be the rage a year ago, but I haven't heard much lately. I was never convinced it would make much difference. Do others second biwiring?
     
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    ISF calibration. My eight year old 50" RPTV looks great... but not so great that I'm not seriously considering a new 16X9 HD-RPTV...
    I guess the SVS sub would count as an upgrade, not a tweak [​IMG]
     
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    Another vote for speaker placement. Actually, I placed my speakers on speaker stands. I have the Monitor Audio Silver 5i's, and they are fairly short. Putting them on stands really opened them up. It was amazing how much better they sounded! Getting the tweeters at ear level was key! [​IMG]
     
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    Speaker placement - especially moving my mains from either side of the RPTV to in front of it by about a 1' or 2.

    and

    Avia
     
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    AVIA showed me what I had indeed been missing.
     
  20. Patrick McCart

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    I will adjust my monitor, sound levels, and black level (normal or enhanced) from DVD to DVD.

    Mono tracks have the surrounds turned off, the center or front speakers will have a little softer volume. Stereo is handled the same way since I only own 2 2.0 stereo DVD's.

    5.1 is adjusted until the sound has the intensity I prefer. I keep the surrounds level with the front to give a more enveloping sound.

    B&W films get no enhanced black level and I make the picture slightly brighter. 1.33:1 fullframe films (not P&S...just Academy Frame films) in color get a slightly darker and contrasty picture that is fine-tuned until it looks perfect to me. Widescreen films (16x9) are enhanced black level and also brightened a little to the right sight.

    DTS is usually handled the same as DD 5.1, but I keep the volume slightly lower until it sounds correct (DTS sounds a little fuller to me...)

    I also like to turn off my monitor during intermissions, overtures, exit music, etc when there's a title onscreen. DVD's such as Ben-Hur and Doctor Zhivago. The enter'act card for Zhivago spoils the surprise of the train shooting out of the tunnel.
     

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