Hey Folks.....I've been silently ratting the forums for about 3 weeks now looking for the holy grail of cheese. I "FINALLY" picked up a new set of Polk speakers to upgrade my aging (circa 1980 yet still kicking) JBL floor standing speakers (god I must have repaired the cabinets on those guys a dozen times). ANYWAY, back to the point, I replaced the JBL's with the RM6700 Sat Combo and a PSW404 Sub (very nice combo indeed). I picked up a Rat Shack Digital SPL (I was never good with analog meters ...too lazy I guess) and have used the built in tone generator in my Onkyo SR600 to calibrate all the speakers to 75dB based off of the left front channel at 0dB adjustment. Odd thing now is this weekend I picked up the Sound & Vision HT DVD Tune-Up kit and I was going though the audio tune-up setup to verify everything and lo and behold...the speaker balance calibration from the DVD showed very different readings (+/- 5 dB) in the levels of all the speakers. IE...Onkyo internal pink noise generator, all channels are at the same dB level. S&V HT DVD sound balance, the channels vary +/- a few dB's and in extreme cases +5dB.
So the question is, "What's a guy supposed to do here?" Do I balance off of the Onkyo internal generator or the calibration DVD? My fear here is that using the DVD may make the movies sound good, but when I listen to music or CD's the levels will be off (dedicated CD player different from the DVD player).
Any takers here? System specs below in the sig. DVD player is hooked up via TOS link cable. Sub is connected via Polk's "recommended" speaker level line in, front as "large" and sub as "off." (I still haven't bought into this cow yet but I'll see how it works out.)
PS...this Forum really rocks. It's nice to see people actually helping each other out for a change. I know I've answered some of my dumb questions by just reading around in here.