Originally Posted by mogorf
Did you get around with Audyssey set up so far? I think you got a couple of nice advice and support over at the Audyssey thread. How's it goin', Bud? Just curious, coz I lead you to that forum.
Hope all is going well and thanks again for all the recommendations!
Yes, I tried running it 5 more times since you posted that with the all the techniques that mentioned in the Audyssey thread. It gives really accurate readings in terms of distance. There’s two things that it’s doing that I can’t stand.
1. It sets my towers at 150Hz and the rest of my speakers to 60hz. One of the times it dropped the towers down to 120Hz. The only thing I have done differently with the receiver is processed a DSP firmware update. When I first got the receiver and ran the Audyssey, it would always set my towers to large, then sometimes it would set the center as large as well. Other times it would force the double bass feature on which I could not stand. I would always go back in and switch it to 80hz. May be the firmware update did something to the receiver. Either way, I did a search on the Audyssey thread and someone else had the same problem. His THX certified speakers kept getting crossed between 150-100hz every time he ran Audyssey. Then he switched receivers from his Onkyo 906 to his 876 (I believe) and re-ran Audyessy at it crossed all of his channels at 80hz. No matter what he did, one receiver would be crossed much higher and the other would set the crossover frequency perfectly. From what I read - with Auydessy you can go up but shouldn't go down. Meaning….If Audyssey crosses something at 100hz, you can manually move that up (say to 120hz) but should not move the down (say 80hz). I even ran some low frequency sweeps to see if my towers were producing frequencies below 80hz and they were pretty strongly down to 35hz with no weird noises or nothing - just clean bass.
2. The first couple of times I ran the Audyssey, it seemed to sound OK. I did not notice the bright harsh sound I was talking about earlier. Later, I decided to turn it up (-10db from reference) and to me it started sounding more bright. The more I turned it up, the brighter it got. I prefer the sound of these speakers with just the correct distance measurements and everything crossed at 80hz.
To tell you the truth, I think I may not be one for the “Reference Sound” but more of just my preference. A few years back, I had the Pioneer 1014 receiver and after I ran the MMACC thing, it sounded the same as Audyssey to me. I love how my speakers sound without Audyssey (warmer but still very detailed). With Audyssey it sounds a LOT like the local IMAX, very clear and very good bass but too bright for my taste. I feel the same about some Klipsch speakers, a lot of people love them and I agree they are very clear but (for me) they can get fatiguing. I think it’s just my personal taste - no matter how wrong it might be
Now, I do LOVE what Audyssey does for flatting out the bass in my room.