Hi guys, it's been a while and I need some help with calibrating my system and guidelines on proper use of the different modes of my receiver. I'm very happy with the way the system sounds for movies, but it fails a bit short for music.
So first of all, my system consists mainly of:
Speakers: 2x M70s, 1x CS2, 2x M40s, 1x PSW505
Receiver/Amp: VSX-1121k, Carver AV 705x (Driving all 5 speakers)
Problem description: When listening to music, I feel the sound is a bit muddy. It's a bit hard to explain but it seems that some frequencies don't produce enough "bang". I would say things like drums or Dance beats don't sound as snappy as they should.
The Receiver/Amp combo should be plenty to run those speakers, so I don't think the issue comes from a lack of power.
Things I've tried:
I've tried CDs/Lossless M4As with all my different sources and I still get the same result. Therefore I don't think it comes from the source either. I've tried the different listening modes but I find that anything but Stereo or Advanced Stereo has too much fake surround for my liking.
I've ran the MCACC and tweaked the distances/levels to my liking, but it looks like I'm missing something.
By the way, I don't have a lot of issues with very low frequencies, the sub seems to handle those fairly well.
What to do next?
I'm considering playing with the Pioneer graphic equalizer and boost some of those frequencies that seem a bit weak. Does anyone have any suggestions? (Maybe what specific frequencies to tweak, maybe some other settings to look at...)
Change the crossover frequency to something higher (I believe it's set at 80 right now, so maybe 120?).
What you can do to help:
Please let me know of any suggestions you may have. It kinda sucks to have a descent system and not get a matching experience with music.