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Well, the last ton-o-pages got off on a few people having serious problems or very deep dislike of Audyssey EQ. That's all well and good, but I actually watch and listen to material. Lots of material and of varied type. Often via recorded cable, often high quality Blu Ray. Occasionally, Internet TV and poor quality downloaded Netflix material.
Tonight, I watched "Hot Fuzz" Blu Ray in DTS Master HD. I upscoped from standard DTS 5.1 Master HD to 7.1 via PLIIx. Audyssey EQ was applied and finally all set to DSX H + W in The PLIIx was set to Cinema. Dynamic Vol set to Day. -15 db on the 4311 master volume.
I go in to such detail, because I believe what you feed the 4311 and how you choose processing matters. Oh, one last thing, I set the Sub 1+2 volume up 2db from Audysseys EQ recommendation.
Well, this movie, quite like "Inception" had over the top LFE material. I had to step down the Bass to Audysseys recommended setting. There were no shrill highs, not harsh treble. etc... The movie was a lot of fun and the scenes where action blasting crazy. Only the Brits could unload 5,000 rounds and hit absolutely nothing... We Yanks pulverize cities with a few leaps and running shots; usually fired in slow mo by Scarlet Johansen or Angelina Jolie.
Really, it was quite good, bullets zinging as they should and people talking right on the screen like they should. I state all this because I believe the 4311 can't make bad material sound good. For those who get flat, thin, dissapointing sound what material are you using? I know this is subjective but I get a very wide quality of sound based on material. Without offending (note I didn't bash any particular speaker/outboard amp/room) What material are you getting dissapointing sound with? If you look at recent charts via REW posted, nothing shows out of whack EQ. It just might be helpful to say what you are listening to and what you have your system set at. If you use subs, are you changing the crossover points? If you use subs and main, are you using the Fronts + Sub double setting?
Had fun with "Hot Fuzz" I recommend it as a nice workout for LFE material, with old people blasting away at a village..... and missing a lot.