Hi . Wanted to understand the difference between audio settings Direct and Normal? What's the recommended setting for most cases like music and movies? Is there any manual/release notes online where I can understand these settings?
Also is there a recommended bass/treble setting for best sound output? I am trying out different settings for a sharp bass response (not boomy) and rich sound. This am trying after calibrating my system yesterday. Have placed my subwoofer over a left corner same side as my TV. Thanks.
Apr 19, 2017
I have the Bose Lifestyle 600 and I've been using "direct" for every source. Although one time while casting a show to our Chromecast using Playstation Vue, I noticed I had to turn the volume up to 50 to get it to sound decently loud which is normally VERY loud. I changed it temporarily to "normal" and the volume actually got somewhat louder for some reason. We were watching a 3 part Casey Anthony Documentary so maybe it just had a bad soundtrack. However, while casting Spotify Premium, the music sounds louder and fuller when I have it set to "Direct". I too would like to know exactly what "Normal" does. I would assume "Direct" means there's no decoding done on the Bose console. This I would think would give you the highest sound quality compared to "normal" so long as the source properly decodes it before it reaches the Bose console. I was also wondering if using "direct" for blu rays will allow the blu ray player to do all the decoding vs the Bose console. I'd prefer this because I notice the Bose console only decodes Dolby True but it does not decode DTS-HD Master Audio. A lot of blu Ray discs use DTS-HD Master Audio and almost all blu ray players will decode this audio format as well. I would like to hear a formal answer from Bose on the OP's question before I would assume anything.
Thanks dvanderloon for sharing your thoughts. Agree we need to hear official answer from Bose experts. The other day I was surprised to see Lifestyle 600 playing 7.1 dolby digital plus surround sound via my Apple TV. Didn't know it can play 7.1 tracks. I also notice "Direct" to sound more louder especially while playing music. I am currently playing everything via Normal as I thought Normal would mean Bose would try and play all tracks in its 5.1 format.
Apr 4, 2017