Updates everyone! ISF calibration, acoustic treatment and more!
Just the other day i had Shawn Byrne http://www.soundadviceht.com
aka SierraMikeBravo come over to calibrate my 151 and unlock Audyssey Pro on my AVR along with installing the incredibly easy to hang acoustic panels from QuestAI. I would highly recommend him
Shawn was very professional, friendly and took the time to explain everything i had questions for and giving the time frame that he had to work with we were moving around furniture and speakers, installing the panels calibrating both the audio and video all in 8 hrs he did a fantastic job and made sure i was satisfied with the results! As far as video calibration is concerned i was using D-Nices settings and instructions to the "T" for ISF-Day and Night which i unlocked myself with the purchase of ControlCal for around $50 months prior to him coming over and while i thought it looked great, i was off which didn't shock me at all, so let this be a lesson for anyone copying settings from anyone here on this forum DO NOT DO IT!! No D-Nice settings, it varies from TV to TV and environment to environment don't waste your time, do yourself a favor you will be better off putting your set in Movie, Pure, Cinema modes whatever your tv has and then just have Shawn come over to assure that you are getting the best out of your HDTV.
Now audio... I know my room needed work before so i talked to Shawn about it and I ended up going with acoustic panels from QuestAI which i would highly recommend over the others, the weight of the panels alone and ease of installation was amazing, they are lightweight and its just a couple of brackets that poke into the back to hang. We moved the furniture back and relocated the sub and main speakers, then we ran Audyssey Pro and calibrated several positions, the results now are far better than what i had before, stereo imaging is wider, voices are easier to hear and while my room isn't perfect, no room is, and i don't quite get that speaker disappearance effect that i was looking for listening to 2 ch music but its way closer than it ever was before and this is probably a result of my room and its defects, my music sources (because he had a demo cd after calibrating audyssey that simply sounded amazing) and maybe a bit of the design of the B&W 600 series, but now i know my room is as good as it can be given a normal persons budget or complete remodel of the room... you get the idea. He even suggested areas that i could improve upon which helps too.
Here is the result of everything... now i will be replacing my reclining couch with a 2 seat theater seating and the side couch will be replaced with either a nice chair or 2 seating couch instead of the 3 wide