Originally Posted by Zen Traveler
I see that you've posted your dilemma on several threads and wonder if you switched out the RC-3 with one of the RB-5s to see if the situation follows the speaker instead of the center channel? Fwiw, I agree that with Audyssey engaged it shouldn't sound worse. Something else to check are your settings--Make sure Dynamic Volume is off and I would be curious at what parameters you tried. Fwiw, I prefer Dolby PII to Audyessey DSX but YMMV.
EDIT: If you've had this setup for 10 years I would think the RB-5s and RC-3 should blend well and if you are hearing sibilance in one, you would also hear them in the other given those speakers all use similar HF drivers and horns.
2nd EDIT: You asked if your hearing may be changing (in another thread) and something else to consider is your expectations with the new AVR--If anything it should sound the same not worse, imo.
Thanks for responding!
I did post, over time, in the Denon thread, the Audyssey thread, and the Klipsch thread, thinking it had to be one of those three elements and hoping I could figure out which one ...
I did try switching out one of my RB-5s for the RC-3 and heard--or thought I heard--some slight improvement, but the issue was still there.
Thinking it could be the source material I listened to the same blu-ray iso on my computer through headphones and the distortion was not there.
In defense of Audyssey, I suppose you could argue that it is just making the already-present distortion that much clearer, assuming it is already present in the signal chain ...
I'm thinking it is my speakers, plural, not singular. A while ago I was tweaking stuff and I carelessly plugged in a cable without turning my system off first ... the result was an ear-piercing blast of static through all of my speakers ...
So: A, maybe that blast of static damaged my speakers in some way,
B: I'm just not happy anymore with the sound of these particular speakers
C: It is an issue with Audyssey. In the Audyssey FAQ one of the questions is: "Why does my treble sound worse after I run Audyssey?" which makes me think this isn't an unknown issue.
By the way, here is a thread from someone who seems to be having a problem very much like mine ... Never got resolved, sadly.