Ok, fellas here's the setup. Sony STR-DE685 receiver matted to a Sony DVP NC655P dvd player hooked up to a cs400I, two rt1000i, and two rt55i. I live in a condo so I have forgone a subwoofer for now.
Now, onto my question. What "level" do you fells use to set your center channel speaker and does it change for movies? It seems like I have to set my center to +3 - +5" for film just to get clear dialouge. It seems like films today on 5.1 systems emphasis the explosions and effects and fall short of providing clear powerful dialouge. However, when It comes to playing music I have to scale the center down. In 5.1 pro logic 2 my center needs to be placed at "-3 to -5" otherwise the center overwhelms every other speaker during music play. All speakers except for the rt100i are set to small. They seem to sound better that way.
What am I missing here? Is there a universal setting to acheive 5.1 harmony? Btw, am i the only person here who cranks there surrounds to +6 to +8 to get anything appreciable out of them?