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post #1 of 15 Old 09-26-12, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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I have a Pioneer VSX-1020-K, and I'm looking to get the most out of the audio settings. If any of you have the time to voice your opinions, please do. I know that in the end, it'll be up to my ears, but I thought this could be a fun way to learn something about tweaking. Anyway, here is the manual, just let me know why you would set something a certain way. The audio settings start on page 67.
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I have a Pioneer VSX-1020-K, and I'm looking to get the most out of the audio settings. If any of you have the time to voice your opinions, please do. I know that in the end, it'll be up to my ears, but I thought this could be a fun way to learn something about tweaking. Anyway, here is the manual, just let me know why you would set something a certain way. The audio settings start on page 67.
Hello,
What Speakers are you using? With the 1020 having MCACC, I am not really sure aside from Bass and Treble that can be really tweaked. Compared to a standard EQ, MCACC offers a far more advanced EQ.
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These are my speakers, but in a 7.1 setup.
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You defiantly need to keep low bass away from the Kefs; I own/used a set of KHT 2005.2 "eggs," and anything below 80Hz can damage the drivers. I'd probably stick with the room eq settings; the auto set-up is probably crossing over the speakers to the sub at around 100-120Hz. That's a bit high for the sub, but is probably best for the speakers. You could try a setting of ~80Hz; I used that without trouble, but it IS pushing what the Kefs can actually do (bass-wise, that is).
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Hello,
I could not agree more with Gary. I am honestly shocked they are rated down to 80hz given how small they are. KEF makes excellent Speakers and I am especially fond of their larger Speakers.
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Re: Opinions on Audio Settings

Also, the manual clearly warns against a crossover setting lower than 80Hz; when I was using the Kefs for my HT, auto set-up assigned a crossover point of 110Hz to the speakers. That's probably about right.

I still use two of them as rears, but I have a passive NHT "sub" that handles everything from ~100Hz to 50Hz or so. These little eggs sound great, but they can not reproduce low bass. Be careful with the crossover setting.
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I currently have the crossover at 150hz, the options in that range are 80/100/150... I had it at 100hz and I'm just testing the 150hz, they recommend 120. The crossover knob on the Kube 2 is turned all the way to 140hz, so maybe I should set the crossover on the receiver to 100hz?
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I'm also trying to understand settings like the LFE, DRC, Center Width, Center Image, and Virtual Height (among others). I have all these random options and no real understanding of how to use them.
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I'm also trying to understand settings like the LFE, DRC, Center Width, Center Image, and Virtual Height (among others). I have all these random options and no real understanding of how to use them.
LFE is Low Frequency Effects, the .1 that we love. LFE level (or gain) controls the bass level. I'm not familiar with DRC. Center width, center image, and virtual height have no "correct" setting, mess with them until you find YOUR preference.

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