Please Help, does this problem sound familiar to anybody - and how can I fix it????
I recently (December-2001) upgraded my center from the CS245i to the CS400i with the CC trade up program after reading all of the comments on this site.
When I play the usual DVD demos (Gladiator, PM, Toy Story2 etc.) the center channel speaker sounds great for "Special Effects" and detail and it blends well with my other Polk Speakers (See Below).
The problem I notice is more in the "Dialogue" of movies or the "Vocals" of a concert DVD. During certain parts of a movie, I hear a slightly "distorted sound" as if the speaker can't produce the sound accurately. (More on High Notes then Low Notes.) The last time I heard this type of sound was with my $250 All-In-One K-Mart stereo in college when we tried to jack up the music, but I don't think I should hear it with the Polks!!
The best examples of this "distortion" happens when the character screams or yells (EXAMPLES: Tom Cruise yells several times in "Vanilla Sky" and Nicole Kidman Screams in "The Others"....and at times Don Henley's Voice in "Hell Freezes Over" and "Inside Job Tour")
I have calibrated my system several times using Avia and SPL and have made some minor receiver adjustments to the Center's Volume / Bass / Treble with no noticeable change.
Please let me know if there is a way to test my Center Speaker and the Drivers and/or Tweeter to determine if there is a problem with the speaker itself or if this is how it should sound.
Mains: RT800i + RT35i
Sub: SVS 25-31 PCi
Receiver: Sony STR DE945