How I Set Up My Own AVR

Keep in mind that AVR settings are kind of personal, and will vary as the equipment changes. I decided to do a walk through on some of my own Denon X6200W AVR settings, not to proclaim it as the right way to do it, but just to show the way I do it. Some or all of the settings I use may not be right for you, but my hope is that some may benefit from seeing how I adjust my settings and why.

Tip: the Denon X6300 comes with 11 channels now, and the Denon X4300 and Marantz SR-7010, SR-7011, and SR-6011 are all 9 channel, allowing 4 height effect Dolby Atmos and DTS:X speaker configurations, and most if not all offer Auro 3D as a paid upgrade. The Denon X6300 allows 4 height, but also back/rear surrounds as well, I would need to add an external amp to do that with the X6200w. I also really like the Sub EQ HT feature on these units, it does a really nice job.


2 thoughts on “How I Set Up My Own AVR”

  1. Hi Ryan,

    On behalf of all the home theater fans, we greatly appreciate your effort and time for sharing with us all the home theater stuff.

    I kinda have the same system and speakers like yours. I have the Denon AVR X6200W 9.2 atmos. I recently renovated my basement and set up a home theater in a 13’x19′ room running 7.2.4.

    I have the prime towers, center and 4 satellite for surround, 2 subs of pc-2000 and 4 jamo 8″ ceiling speakers.

    After odyssey configuration, I have set all speakers to small and 80htz for all the crossovers with LFE 120 htz. like the common way. my friend came over and he is a well experienced audio guy and told me that the current set up sound was not sounding good and lack of dynamic home theater sound.

    Then we run odyssey again and after we set the main to large with the rest to small. the crossover for the main is 40 htz, center 60 htz, and the rest is 120 htz with LFE + Main. He told me that with this setting , the sound is much better and he was satisfied. Lol.

    So I want to ask for your expert advise if this setting is right and good because I could not tell huge difference after listening to both different settings. Please advice if you could in details which way is better and how I should tell the difference. Or which movie I should use to test the difference.

    Also I like to enjoy 2 channel music. Please tell me which set up is the best to listen to stereo or direct music.

    Thanks very much for your time.


  2. Hi Ray,

    I’ve been down this road already. You can check out my Large VS Small write up, it explains what it all means. For sure, there is no right and wrong, but can tell you that on my old Denon X2000 with the speakers all set as “Large”, I could see the AVR dim a little when I was really cranking it. That never happened with the speakers set to “Small”. I can understand the desire to run the speakers as “Large” but “Small” actually gives you a little more headroom before reaching limits of both speakers and AVR, transferring the load to the Subwoofer amps.

    In a good system, it can be hard to tell the difference between different crossover settings. The Prime Towers are good to 32 hertz. I run them “Small” at 90 hertz, shifting the heavy lifting to the subs. They still put out sound as far down as they will go, it’s just with less power under the crossover setting.

    2 channel is another animal. You can do it with or without subs, Direct or on the Music Stereo setting. There are also some settings you can play with in the Speakers/manual/2ch playback menu. I did some intense critical listening to see if there was a difference in speaker cables, which I honestly didn’t enjoy (took the fun out of listening, more like a test) and in that case I ran them Large no subs, no EQ. I like having the subs involved myself, speakers set to small. Best bet is to close your eyes as you switch between settings.

    Glad you find this stuff useful, that is my goal. Again, there is no right or wrong, your ears should have the final say. I used to think LFE + Main and speakers set to Large was the way to go. Now I run them Small. Neither is “wrong”.

    -Ryan B.


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