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msm
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Help with Home Theater Hookup

I'm looking for some advise for the best hookup of components for my home theater system. The following are my components:

 

TV: Samsung 4K UN49MU8000

AVR: Denon AVR-X1400H

Satelite: DirecTV Genie2 with wireless Genie Mini

DVD: LG Blu-Ray

Spearker System: Bose 5.1 Acoustimas 6

 

Both the TV and AVR are ARC compatible. I'm not sure if I should use the ARC feature or not. One issue I'm have is the volume of certain TV shows and commercials. Many times, I hear the dialouge of a television show fine, but if there is background music in the show, I can barely hear it. With commercials, some I hear fine, but many others I can barely hear.

 

Currently, this is how the system is connected:

 

DirecTV HDMI Out >> Denon CAB/SAT HDMI In >> Denon HDMI (ARC) out >> Samsung HDMI (ARC) In

 

LG Blu-Ray HDMI Out >> Denon Blu-Ray HDMI In >> Denon HDMI (ARC) out >> Samsung HDMI In

 

Any help would be appreciated.

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Re: Help with Home Theater Hookup

Morning msm,

 

Thanks for joining our community for our input on your HT set-up! I’m sorry to hear that they’re not performing how you’d like them to. I’d be happy to do some digging for you to see what recommendations I can make for you.

 

I took a peek into Denon receiver manual to see if there’s any connection advice available, and they shared connecting via HDMI ARC is the best option available with the given connections. Can you please double check that you have your TV’s internal sound off? You should be able to do this through Samsung’s main menu.

 

Since it sounds like most of the issue is with background details, and noises; have you tried to adjust the settings on your Denon? In the manual it notes you’re able to control the dialog volume that’ll come through your center channel. You can review the manual here. (P.S. The downloaded version is a little easier to read.)

 

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Re: Help with Home Theater Hookup

Not a fan of ARC but if it's working for you then leave it alone. ARC has no effect on your sound when watching SAT or BD because you have the components wired directly into the AVR. ARC is only used to bring audio back from the TV to AVR when using apps like Netflix, YouTube, etc.

 

1. Go to DirecTV menu audio section and make sure Dolby Digital is enabled.

 

2. Go to LG Blu-ray menu audio section and set the output to Bitstream

 

3. If you feel your dialog is getting drowned out go to the speaker settings menu of Denon AVR and adjust the center channel speaker up. A good place to start is

LF / RF =0

C = +1

RS / LS = +2

 

Set your surround mode on the AVR to "surround decode" or whatever Denon calls their auto surround setting.

 

I prefer to not use ARC because it sometimes makes weird things happen with switching. If you experience this just disable it and use an optical cable from the Tv to AVR instead.

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Re: Help with Home Theater Hookup

Thank you for the replies.

 

Mariah-BBY, responding to your comments: I'm pretty sure that the TV’s internal sound off. I also have the dialog volume up to 12dB.

 

 

Dimestore55, it's interesting that you mention that ARC is only used to bring audio back from the TV to AVR when using apps. That's another thing that doesn't seem right. When I what to what something on Amazon Prime, or YouTube, I have to crank up the volume on the AVR way high to hear anything. Doesn't seem right to have to do that. DirecTV does have Dolby Digital enabled. Not sure about the LG Blu-ray output set to Bitstream. Need to check that. I did adjust the speaker levels to where I felt they should be despite where the Audyssey put them. Thanks for the reference of:

LF / RF =0

C = +1

RS / LS = +2

 

So to be sure I understand, if I set LF/RF to 8bB, Center should be 9dB and RS/LS should be 10dB? I would not have thought RS/LS would be higher than the Center and Front speakers since they are so much closer to the listening position.

 

 

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There is no advantage in turning your LF/RF up to 8, it will not make your amp any louder. The amp is going to clip and distort at the same DB level no matter what the settings are. All you're doing is lowering the number value of the volume to get the same sound. I generally turn up the surround speakers because most surround information is quieter than the rest of the sound track and I feel it sounds better that way. You can play with those settings while watching a movie and go with whatever sounds best to you.

 

If you're still having trouble with ARC, try an optical cable and turn it off. I install many systems per week and only use ARC as a last resort because it is so unreliable and plagued with issues.