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Old 10-13-2010, 10:40 AM   #1
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Default AUDYSSEY DSX or DOLBY PRO LOGIC IIz?

Hey All,

I finally purchased my 2 extra B&W M1 sat speakers and have configured them with the Audyssey Setup as Front Height speakers.

Now I appreciate the height speakers should probably be a little more higher then what they are but I used the height speakers as my main Left and Right channel before I purchased the extra 2 x sat speakers. Now with the new configuration I am using my old Left and Right Channel which all the cables are fed in the wall as my new Height speakers...

Please can you advise me if Audyssey DSX Height is better than Dolby Pro Logic IIz?

I think the Audyssey actually matrix all the front surround content to the heights where as the Dolby Pro Logic IIz only matrix necessary content and is more subtle!

I tried both and really can not tell much difference.. Anyone with experience in the two different setups please can you help and give some of your advice..

PS: Please find attachements.. the pictures are not that great as taken on my mobile phone.. Below you can see the distance between speakers and my listening point.

Front Left Height: 5.40 metres
Front Left: 5.10 metres
Centre: 5.40 metres
Front Right: 5.10 metres
Front Right Height: 5.40 metres
Subwoofer: 5.10 metres
Surround Left: 1.50 metres
Surround Right: 1.80 metres.
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Old 10-13-2010, 12:57 PM   #2
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I've just recently gotten my height speakers going, using DPLIIz. After looking at your pictures, I'd say having them down so far probably negatively affects the effect (how's that for a confusing statement ). Any chance you can reposition your L/R way up above it all and change them over to heights....then make your heights your L/R again?

Overall my experience with the PLIIs stuff is that it is subtle...I am still trying to find some good scenes to test out the rain falling effect, which I hear is good. Through "normal" stuff it just makes me feel like the front stage is more of a wall, as opposed to a line of sound. No super cool surround kind of sound, but a more immersive feel.
TV: Samsung J620D (60")
BD Player: Panasonic DMP-BD75
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Center: Polk CS2
Surround: Polk FXi3's
Height L/R: Polk Monitor 30's
Sub: eD A2-300
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Old 10-14-2010, 07:39 AM   #3
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I've just recently gotten my height speakers going, using DPLIIz. After looking at your pictures, I'd say having them down so far probably negatively affects the effect (how's that for a confusing statement ). Any chance you can reposition your L/R way up above it all and change them over to heights....then make your heights your L/R again?

Overall my experience with the PLIIs stuff is that it is subtle...I am still trying to find some good scenes to test out the rain falling effect, which I hear is good. Through "normal" stuff it just makes me feel like the front stage is more of a wall, as opposed to a line of sound. No super cool surround kind of sound, but a more immersive feel.
Thanks but I have to disagree with you about the "negative effect" as I already notice an improvement over sound with it either being Audyssey DSX or PL IIz..

Any other suggestions please .. Thanks
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I think it's just a question of preference between those two. About the DSX Wides?
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Thanks but I have to disagree with you about the "negative effect" as I already notice an improvement over sound with it either being Audyssey DSX or PL IIz..

Any other suggestions please .. Thanks
You yourself said you thought they should be higher, so I'm confused why you don't think it would help. I'm not saying you can't use them the way you have them...I'm just saying that the effect might improve if they were higher.

Overall it probably boils down to trying each a few times on the same movie and making your best pick. Then, just enjoy.
TV: Samsung J620D (60")
BD Player: Panasonic DMP-BD75
Receiver: Denon 1712
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Center: Polk CS2
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Height L/R: Polk Monitor 30's
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Old 10-14-2010, 11:40 AM   #6
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You yourself said you thought they should be higher, so I'm confused why you don't think it would help. I'm not saying you can't use them the way you have them...I'm just saying that the effect might improve if they were higher.

Overall it probably boils down to trying each a few times on the same movie and making your best pick. Then, just enjoy.
I may even configure them as Wide channels and use them as DSX wide channels, I am pretty sure that the Audyssey Setup will sort out the distances and timing..
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Old 10-14-2010, 12:48 PM   #7
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That's an idea. According to Audyssey, the wides should come first...so maybe that use will lead to a better experience anyway.
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