Originally Posted by dsrussell
No, not necessarily. People look to the top Audyssey when they are integrating two subwoofers, which I don’t believe you are doing. I’d say get the speakers positioned where you have a nice, large soundstage with a wide, solid sweet spot. Small locational adjustments can help give you better sound at the listening position. It would also help to find out what exactly you do not like about the speakers and what you are trying to improve. Is your room considered bright (wood/tile floors, bare walls) or soft (carpeting, overstuffed furniture)? How far are you from the listening position to the speakers?
I'm having a pretty good soundstage and good imaging currently, LP is 9 ft to both mains and also 9 between mains. Floor is carpeted, one wall has thick curtains, one is not and Audyssey does the correction on the bare side speaker consistently over many runs, so curtain is planned for the barewall.
I like the EMPs fine, especially after the towers' bass is remedied with the i12s, I just am thinking of ways to improve the sound of the setup in general with the current EMPs, and first thing came to mind is a better Audyssey version. But that reason alone is not really enough to justify the purchase of a new AVR so I also want to know whether the more expensive AVR's hardware could also have an impact on the sound as well. The DSPs definitely will help with movies but I'm interested in knowing how much will it improve stereo music 2.1. My use of the system probably is around 85% of the time for music, 7.5% for movie, 7.5% for TV (recorded mostly).
I'm streaming music to the X1000 from Apple Music via network airplay and wonders the sound quality can be also improved by having better compression methods. The problem is I like the huge selection that Apple has despite its rudimentary GUI. I tried Spotify and found both their sound quality and selection worse than Apple's (personally and subjectively only) though I've read somewhere that Spotify has a higher bitrate than Apple music (ie. 320 vs 256). I considered Tidal for FLAC music but really not a big fan of its smaller selection compared to aapl. Hard copy is not an option anymore for me so all the hifi format medium are not in the equation.
In short, the source of the sound and the hardware/software combo that plays the sound are the two that I'm thinking of.
Of course anyone has any suggestion on any other factor that i should look into please do give. (just don't tell me to buy newer and more expensive speakers because the thought did cross my mind and no can't do