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Tone level vs channel level


Can someone explain me like I was 5 what is the difference between tone level( settings,speakers,manual,test tone level)vs channel level( options,adjust channel level) in my marantz sr7015 . You can raise db in either of these two but what is the actual difference in what you hear?




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Re: Tone level vs channel level

Hello, Kianva.


Thank you for reaching out to us and welcome to our Forums Support Page. 


Here we can provide assistance with any question or situation you might have. Making sure you get the best performance possible when listening or watching your favorite form of media is important and I understand wanting to get the best sound possible. I would be happy to help explain the differences between tone level and channel level. Tone and channel levels work together to help improve the quality of your sound system or sound bar. Below I included the difference between the two. 


Tone level can change the pitch, quality, and strength/intensity of your speakers output. When you increase or decrease your tone level, it will change the vocal and musical performance of your speakers. When you want to listen to music with a more vocal focus, you would increase the tone to get a stronger voice output.  


Channel level is referring to the amount speakers or sound sources you have. When you increase the number of speakers, the channel level will also increase as a result. These number can range but typically fall in 2.1, 3.1, 5.1 and 7.1. The number before the "." is the number of speakers and the number after "." refers to the subwoofer. As a example a 5.1 channel would mean you have five speakers and one subwoofer. In addition as channel level increases, you also will get better surround sound.


I hope I was able to provide you with insight into your questions about the differences in tone level and channel level. If you have any additional questions, please let us know.


Thank you,





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