Originally Posted by Pres2play
I connected Anti-Mode to my Hsu VTF MK2 instead of my two budget subs and I'm getting even better results. Anti-Mode works nicely in my room.
Why run Audyssey with Anti-Mode in Neutral, and not Flat? I understand Neutral mode disables low-pass.
Are you also running a room analyzing program or is this all being done without the visual aid of a room analyzing program? How can anybody definitively know what's happening in their room's acoustics without this ever so necessary tool? Personally, I find it quite entertaining to see readings compress and open up as settings and placement changes are effected.
Please reread what I wrote. One wants to do an original subwoofer system set up pre-Anti-Mode and pre-Audyssey; neutral, without influence. Using a room analyzing program, a user should try to get the best out of their subwoofer system, before adding any EQ'g effort. Even with benefit of a sound meter, at best, one is guessing. A sound meter in use, usually fluctuates +/- 2-3dB and a sound meter has an accuracy of +/- 1.5 - 2 db. That's a lot of inaccuracy to depend upon when taking room measurements, not to mention that most general purpose sound meters are limited to reading >31.5Hz.
I'm sure in the back of everybody's mind is the maintained thought that Audyssey EQ's the whole perceivable sonic spectrum and offers speaker setting "recommendations" to all speakers via the AVR not just the sub-250Hz range like Anti-Mode, 8033S II does. Anti-Mode should be added to aid removal of any peaks or help decrease mounds to reduce dynamic range (creating flat measured sonic acoustics) and then Audyssey's analyzing recommendations and EQ'g efforts should be added on top of Anti-Mode's efforts.
Step one, via a room analyzing program and with the aid of a calibrated handheld sound meter, without any EQ'g influence (if necessary, disconnect Anti-Mode from subwoofer chain), using user subwoofer placement efforts and a subwoofer's parametric settings, get the best measured output of one's subwoofer system. And if no analyzing program, no soup.
Step two, with Audyssey set to original factory settings, run Anti-Mode and afterwards, check the results with a room analyzing program and to obtain best measured results, as necessary, tweak the subwoofer's parametric settings accordingly.
Step three, run Audyssey and again, afterwards, set internal AVR settings to best serve your "measured" needs (not that of others) and tweak any subwoofer parametric settings to gain the best measured results.
Hope the above clarifies any misunderstandings I created and forgive me for any additional misunderstandings my above creates.
(YAY! The taxes are done. So, next week, the room analyzer will be set up and based on the last saved REW measuring secession and what understandings I've recently come up with, it's all about setting up and seeing what the room analyzing program and parametric changes, have to show. And in the meantime, I'll get to use the latest, way cool, internally calibrated, sound meter purchased. In my opinion, it's a journey, not a destination and the movie soundtrack is the "parfait" desert.
PS: At the same time the above is being done, the MiniDSP is being looked into as my opinion, I don't think the Anti-Mode, 8033 is the best augmentation solution to solving subwoofer room acoustical problems and my personal opinion, yes, better can be obtained but in order to do so, one must throw the baby out with the bathwater and start over.