Originally Posted by Kris Deering
A 1000x this. I have tried many Audyssey based SSPs and they always sound good to VERY good with movies but I continually go back to my Anthem Statement D2V simply because they never deliver the same sonics that the Anthem does. I try my hardest to get them there (pro calibrations, endless tweaking, etc) but no luck. I tried the 8801 last year and while it was fantastic for the price, it was missing something on the bottom end during movies and dynamics never seemed the same.
Maybe I will not try to force the issue any further, perhaps patch in my Rane EQ to the subs to tweak them and call it a day.
I recently tried the XMC-1 with the same results. With some clips that I use all the time for comparisons and demos it just fell short in terms of dynamics, presence and low end finesse.
The great value of XT32 (or ARC) is that it gets you there fast (wherever "there" is, which might be 90% of the way for XT32). That's nothing to sneeze at, and I take my hat off to Audyssey for making XT32 work as well as it does.
In contrast, it took me months of effort with the PEQ to get my system where I wanted it (well, within reason
). The REW measurements did not translate. Even with the BassQ, I measured amazingly smooth bass, and could tweak the curve afterward with PEQ, but it never had the punch I got after removing it.
I suspect that if you (or you can get Mark Seaton to make a return visit
) spent a day or two, followed up with weeks of listening and fine tuning, you could get remarkable performance from the XMC-1's PEQ. Or maybe run ARCOS, as that outputs PEQ corrections.
One idea would be to use REW to measure the electrical response of the D2V in each channel. Then smooth it with 1/3 octave, and model the XMC's PEQs to fit. I did that here based on the Dirac measurements and it worked very well, even with only 5 bands per channel. I did not have my 4 subs at that time, however, so that's been an ongoing challenge.