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I was watching Master and Commander at around +5 reference and it sounds great, but I notice that the BFD clip light comes on. I use the +4 setting on the back. I also notice that the right input meter begins to light up and clip as well when the left side (input I use) is clipped. Why does the right input meter light up? What exactly does this do to make the sound less good sounding? It does not clip my sub amps or bottom the subs. Thanks.
 

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but I notice that the BFD clip light comes on
Turn down the receivers sub out trim level.

I also notice that the right input meter begins to light up and clip as well when the left side (input I use) is clipped.
The channels are completely independent. If you feed information to both channels they'll both respond.

What exactly does this do to make the sound less good sounding? It does not clip my sub amps or bottom the subs.
It will add considerable distortion to the signal when it clips. Digital clipping is not elegant like analog clipping is. Reduce the input level to the BFD.

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Turn down the receivers sub out trim level.


The channels are completely independent. If you feed information to both channels they'll both respond.


It will add considerable distortion to the signal when it clips. Digital clipping is not elegant like analog clipping is. Reduce the input level to the BFD.

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Would digital clipping send my subwoofers MA-500 mono amps into protection mode as it does when I send a high level to the MA-500's that power my mains instead? My amps can go into protection quickly with a compressed CD at a moderate level.

The BFD dynamic range is much less than my amps.. I think, probobly hence the 15dB headroom. The gain I have control over is the master volume or the output on the pre/pro. I can turn down the output from -4 to around -8 and apply a couple small filters and loose around 10Hz extention. Should I try that instead of the 25Hz for listening louder, or do you think I should listen at an overall lower volume level?
 

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Would digital clipping send my subwoofers MA-500 mono amps into protection mode as it does
Digital clipping is something to avoid. Find a way to turn the level down.

The BFD dynamic range is much less than my amps
The FBQ is much better for that. BFD is really a consumer device....

apply a couple small filters
What filters?

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Sorry I meant the FBQ which is what I have. I will show my options in a couple graphs here. I can't seem to get clipping on the FBQ with more than a -4 setting lower than at -2 on the master volume. You can change the thread tile if you like. Not sure I can do that.

If I simply lower the output I'm sure I could get some higher midbass but not sure it if it is worth the extention. I will show you what I mean in a couple graphs here soon. The output I measure in REW is -2dB lower than when I measure from the CD player (analog) source so it looks slightly lower. I have it calibrated on the pre/pro where -20dB FS Pink PN equals 85dB on my meter (master volume at -5 which I reffered to as reference) when checking the CD player, and making the response track the target. I have done a comparison between using a CD versus using a DVD with some pink noise at -1dB FS and they looked the same level.
 

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Here are some graphs to illustrate what I mean by using some smaller filters with a 35Hz target level instead of the 25Hz one.

The first one I use currently REW says there is 13.6 headroom. The second with no eq said 7.1 headroom, and the last one adding one of the mains had zero headroom. This maxs out at around 2Khz, which I have been able to remedy in the past by placing a blanket over the couch near the mic. The mic was aiming up wedged between two seats centered in my front row at ear level. I changed the target to track 82dB. To get a 75dB target in REW I must lower the master volume -10, but my input in the VU meter reads around -24 instead of -18 so I like using the volume I listen more commonly at. This is -4 on the sub output in the pre/pro, -5 for the master volume. No amp gain adjustments on the four MA-500's I use to power the 4 12" drivers which are placed each around 3' - 4' from each rooms corner. Two are on the stage and two are on Helmholtz Resonators in the back.

Any thoughts if I should lower the pre/pro master volume versus lowering the sub output? I really can't ever recall hearing any kind of digital clipping. Not sure about seeing the next side light up. Maybe I was tired.





 

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I forgot I lost the 35Hz area when I changed one of the subs phase in the back. The other would look like this but I think I had used a higher SPL level but lower target for this graph. I seem to feel more bass with the other graph after eq.

 

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Here is what I get if I move the subwoofers to the corners (on the floor front, platform back) and move all seats forward. This puts my seating locations back where they were. The sub measurement was taken before 2 Pillar Traps and 2 GIK 244's were adjusted. The center channel looked so-so in my measurement before I realized it was off center. There is better looking decay in the waterfall at this 90dB target in the back of the room than the 85 in the front. This would allow me to turn down the gain and still enjoy the subwoofers, but I would be moving to the back row to sit. I had to move my surrounds also. The full range measurement has 1/3 Ocatave smoothing. I didn't adjust anything yet except the speaker levels not counting the sub and the mains are not to the exact inch. The mic was aimed at 45 for the mains response. What do you think?



 

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There is one thing I forgot to mention also. Something strange happened while I was setting things up. After I took the XA2 off pause (just like when I saw the FBQ clipping madly), the center channel amp started going into protection no matter what level I set the master volume or level trim. I ended up turning off the player and turning it back on and then it quit going into protection mode.
 

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I’d hate to be the room with you if, you’re running it like this. I’d need to use the ear plugs for my own benefit.:hide:

At best I keep SPL at 85db its no big deal.

Anyway at best my FBQ2496 will only reach -12db on channel A which is used for the LFE.1 track.
Channel B is used for LCRS that is sent off to the secondary sub bass extension and that doesn’t get any issues.

LFE..1 is sent directly off to the FBQ2496 while LCRS is taken from various sub bass filters and feed into the audio mixer where it then gets sent off to the FBQ2496 so I have the mixers faders to control the flow of summed L/R front centre and L/R surrounds.

If I get any issues I just make cut or modify the level of one of the L/RCL/Rsurrounds same goes with LFE.1.

I’ve played Master and Commander too many times in the past and since I had the FBQ2496 its been no where near clip unless the switch on the back is in the wrong position, then your have a few issues.

One thing I’ve noticed is crosstalk with -10db last November I think with that dreadful film IronMan it wasn’t my cup of tea it was too loud just not into loud film last year.

Well I had the -10db setting ON and whoa the LFE.1 crosstalk over to the sub bass extension and the amp for the LFE.1 was turned down while do a test. The sub bass extension wasn’t being used but it sent a nasty crosstalk :yikes:during the silly sonic boom, wow big deal!

So make sure you have at +4db that will prevent risk of damaging the subs.

Anyway I’m thinking of turning Madonna off yes this thread as interrupted my evening and you owe me a pint of paint of Milk please.:bigsmile:

You wouldn’t happen to remember the moment in the film where this happened do you?
 

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Come on mate you might be 8 hours behind me but its late hare in the UK its just gone past midnight and I’m willing to have a look at this issue. I need to know what part in the film, I have region 2 standing at my side and I need to know first before playing it.
 

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I was having lunch.

I should have followed up on this thread. After I have looked at the back of the FBQ the -10 setting was in fact engaged. The level does not sound that loud. I was only getting a 100dB peak in Jurrasic Park at the scene where the T-REX does it's big roar at the car after they climb over the cliff and the car falls. I will recheck what I am getting now. I have changed my subs locations, used much less eq, and the gain is at -6 instead of where it was before. I have been listening to -5dB reference (THX optimizer = 74dB -75dB) instead of louder.

The scene that caused the clipping on the meter was right after I took it off pause after the scene where they must cut the mast down. The scene was over and I only hear a very faint rumble from the next room as I was in the equipment closet. I did not hear any highs or midbass from the room during the clipping. I will give it another try today (not as loud a setting on the master volume) and see if getting the setting right helps. :hide: That's a good tip about the crosstalk. :T
 

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Lunch okay I see, I see.

I know the moment in the film and yes I have Jurassic Park DVD JPII on THX dts laserdisc and JPIII on DVD all DVD are region 2.

I’m surprised you didn’t notice the clipping during the opening “down all hands down!”

Keep it at +4db this will prevent crosstalk and both LED indictors illuminating.

I’ll start up the SONY CRT loud up the film and run some tests at silly levels, don’t worry not a chance I’m going to bust anything in. You might want to consider DCX2496 it’s a lifesaver.
 

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Must have been 90dB in Jurrasic Park I was thinking of. The 100dB must have been Master and Commander somewhere. I'm now getting 87dB for the same T-Rex roar at +5dB reference. While the T-Rex was walking I looked at the VU meter and there was one light lit up.

I will check Master and Commander...
 

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Lunch okay I see, I see.

I know the moment in the film and yes I have Jurassic Park DVD JPII on THX dts laserdisc and JPIII on DVD all DVD are region 2.

I’m surprised you didn’t notice the clipping during the opening “down all hands down!”

Keep it at +4db this will prevent crosstalk and both LED indictors illuminating.

I’ll start up the SONY CRT loud up the film and run some tests at silly levels, don’t worry not a chance I’m going to bust anything in. You might want to consider DCX2496 it’s a lifesaver.
Yes actually I checked that part first and the lights did not clip. There is a moment while the cannons are all shooting and the guy in the red vest is waving his sword and the hole room feels like it's exploding.
 

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Just as I suspected -10db is bad news. “Down all hands down!” will send it into clip and +4db at best is 12db at 0db on the Kenwood KRF-X9050D with LFE.1 at 0db.

So you probably didn’t notice it until about chapter 15. You don’t have the LCRS diverted to sub by any chance?
 

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At reference level (master volume 0) I am getting 106dB uncorrected C-weighting slow, for "all hands down" and the FBQ is at the fourth LED but was staying mostly around the third.
 

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Just as I suspected -10db is bad news. “Down all hands down!” will send it into clip and +4db at best is 12db at 0db on the Kenwood KRF-X9050D with LFE.1 at 0db.

So you probably didn’t notice it until about chapter 15. You don’t have the LCRS diverted to sub by any chance?
Right now I have each speaker crossed over in the XA2 DVD player except for the left and right at 80Hz and the internal crossover on my Outlaw 950 engaged also. The Outlaw diverts bass whether I flip the switch on or off. I was measuring my center and surrounds with the crossover on the Outlaw engaged the other day and it was not redirecting bass for the surrounds or the center. I'm still only experimenting with having that engaged. As it is, I had to put speakers in my center channel that were from one of my other mains I am not using because it would distort. I was noticing that the bass from center channel would reflect off the couch on eather side of me last I was trying without the crossover in the player on. I was told by Polk they matched close anyways. I have been focussing mostly on getting the center channel to sound better lateley. I am trying to listen for a problem, and it seems the dip in the center channel I measure is like my left and right speakers, except somewhat deeper. I can't explain why 100Hz -150Hz measures so high in it, but I suspect it is something to do with the drivers being mounted horizontal.
 

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I was having lunch.

I should have followed up on this thread. After I have looked at the back of the FBQ the -10 setting was in fact engaged. The level does not sound that loud. I was only getting a 100dB peak in Jurrasic Park at the scene where the T-REX does it's big roar at the car after they climb over the cliff and the car falls. I will recheck what I am getting now. I have changed my subs locations, used much less eq, and the gain is at -6 instead of where it was before. I have been listening to -5dB reference (THX optimizer = 74dB -75dB) instead of louder.

The scene that caused the clipping on the meter was right after I took it off pause after the scene where they must cut the mast down. The scene was over and I only hear a very faint rumble from the next room as I was in the equipment closet. I did not hear any highs or midbass from the room during the clipping. I will give it another try today (not as loud a setting on the master volume) and see if getting the setting right helps. :hide: That's a good tip about the crosstalk. :T

I think it’s fortunate that you did this thread after noticing the, funny. Well brucek did say turn it down! don’t be hero our ears are not indestructible! 130db is the limit for physical pain!

89db is the sensitivity for the control 5 at most 85db is used and that might be for all three depending on the frequency of the mix it might go higher in the lows by +90dbc and back down again.

I’ll set-up JP1 2 and 3 but 2 depending on the laserdisc player as it needs a little attention might take me while to start-up so bugger JP2 never really liked it that much.

Oh Pulse the film everyone hates inducing me, that silly moment with all the low end that is around -18 to 24db at best, yet the level of the slow pulsating computer signal or evil within it so to speak doesn’t really need to be at 120db levels I’d be surprised if most professional THX screens like the Empire would reach that level.

Cloverfield had high levels that danced up and down.
 

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At reference level (master volume 0) I am getting 106dB uncorrected C-weighting slow, for "all hands down" and the FBQ is at the fourth LED but was staying mostly around the third.
What is the centre channel like on its own with all-other channels muted left and right fronts surrounds and all-subs muted! What’s the SPL dbc level at the listening position.

I can switch mute any channel off or monitor the action over the LCR LF or HF to see I have any faults of kind. So mute all the other channels except the centre channel.

If you think I’m going to run the subs at this time, your crazy its flipping 1:35am.:bigsmile:
 
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