So My old non HDMI sony receiver was outdated, underpowered for the $2500+ speakers I have and I needed something new. So i have been saving and checking craigslist daily. I bought a Denon 2309 CI, a $900 Receiver when new in 2009. It has 4 HDMI ins. and has a lot of great high tech stuff for the time. IM having issues with my sub though. THe Denon has a microphone that set ups your system for you. The first day I set it up I was very impressed with the sound. but today I hooked my ipod up to listen and all of a sudden I cant get my receiver back to the 5.1 channel audio, and im good with this stuff, or def above avg . So I decided to re calibrate it. and the difference in how the receiver calibrated it from how it did two days ago made me wonder big time how good it really is.
Anyways by sub is a Sony subwoofer, I have a 5.1 channel system, my Polk's are my rear speakers which are the FXai6's which are incredible surround speakers, expensive but worth every single penny!! I have a B&W center, and a company that went out of business and got $1500 speakers for $600!! amazing speakers, my front channels. So the sony sub has a light where the power button is, if its totally off no light of course, if its on standby red, on green. SO my receiver is recognizing the sub and putting it as " LFE", I saw someone elses thread and people recommending picking the "LFE and Main" instead. but everyone has got an opinion. Its hard to tell what to do. Ive heard a lot of people who say you should set all your speakers to small because if you have a nice system the sub will do all the low end sounds anyways, but my fronts have great low end capabilities, so does the center channel, and having the low end spread out seems like the way to go.
SO my questions are:
1. Do I rely on the calibrator? because before it set my subwoofer to a negative something number, like -8.5, now its saying +10, while everything else is -5.0+. and I can tell too because the sub is way too loud, ive had to manually go over and turn it down on the sub.
2. SHould I set it to "LFE" or "LFE+Main"
3. WHy is my sub showing up on standby when the system is turned on, then during certain shows will turn on and then work?
BTW, the guy I bought it from the first time I went to look at it the sub channel didnt work at all, being someone who worked at an audio place, the guy, he said he would bring it in to his tech to look at, first he emailed me it was a simple solder issue, then days later he said it wasnt and he just had to factory reset it and it works fine. When i test the channels it does work. but it seems like the receiver is confused sending a signal when being used while watching a movie, or playing a game. I love Denon, but man is this receiver not very user friendly. Im new here, love stereo's, and hope someone has some ideas.