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"Were the comparison you were using using the same source material etc, as in Apples for Apples?"
I just compared Audyssey on and off a few times. Mostly it made the sound much brighter, to where I turned the treble down 5 dB.
Interestingly the HK 635 had the same treble issue, but it sounded nicer and the imaging was improved slightly by the EQ.
My HT system is quite compromised in imaging for two reasons - all the speakers are against the wall, and the asymmetry from the right speaker being only a couple of feet from a window wall, while the left is roughly in midwall.
At one time I had the same speakers flanking the fireplace (see pictures below) and a several feet from the back wall, and the imaging, particularly depth, was worlds better.
On last night's movie the 972 impressed me by adding quite a bit of depth.
Maybe I'll knock together some stands to get the speakers out from the wall; not sure whether the 972's advantage will grow or shrink.
Thinking more about last night, a nice effect was that the soundstage seemed expanded around to the sides.
This is what a lot of users are reporting for Audyssey DSX Wide in the Denon and Onkyo threads.
It would be interesting to compare Trinnov w/these.
I imagine DSX w/real wide speakers would win, but for those who can't/won't add the requisite speakers, Trinnov is looking like a nice option.
Though it's really too soon to generalize based on just a couple of movies.