On January 4, 2009 at 02:13, Daniel Tonks said...
There should probably be full built-in speaker setup,
including levels and bass management.
The only choice is small vs large for the collection of the four left and right speakers, relative to the center speaker. I guess this is what you call bass management. There's no level adjustment!
It looks like the Panasonic BD55 will let you make this choice for both the front and rear pair of speakers. But, it also allows you to adjust the volume of the rear (surround) pair relative to the front pair. I'll be able to reduce the volume of the front pair by up to 6 dB. I hope this is enough. (I need to go get the sound level meter -- it's at work). Of course, none of this will matter if I can't find buy the BD55.
I'm off to Circuit City again ... it's a good thing it's close by!
BTW, I'm not the type who constantly adjusts the rear volume. I set it once, a couple of years ago when I bought a new pair of rear (surround) speakers, and haven't touched it since. If I have to keep the S500 I may end up putting resistors in line on the two cables that send the front speaker signals from the BD player to the receiver. Presuming I select the right size resistors, does anybody see a problem with that?