Originally Posted by thrang
I owned a Denon AVP-A1, a Denon 4311, and the Pro kit. The best sound I've experienced is with the Classe and it's PEQ.
Audyssey has its issues. I like it in low to mid range systems (I use it on a new Denon in my family room), but never could get a well balanced sound in my higher end environment, despite countless attempts and following all the recommendations.
I was pulling your leg a bit, no offense intended. I know something of, and certainly respect, your chosen path to exc HT SQ. That said, your experience with Audyssey is atypical, though certainly not unique. I'm glad you've at last assembled a system which is more pleasing to you. That is indeed the objective.
Audyssey works, and works well, when properly implemented in the great majority of systems. XT32 is particularly adept and adds to SQ in many high-end systems. Ask Kal Rubinson.
So your post seemed kinda funny to me in the context of the OP. He didn't post that he is unhappy with his results, he was just making some basic inquiries as to the benefits of measurements and whether it might be worth $150.
I hope we're cool, I don't mean to start a whole pro/anti Audyssey thing on this thread. Now, with all of our help, the OP is far more informed.