Originally Posted by Screen Shot
At times I "think" I hear a slight difference, possibly tighter mid-bass. However, it is so slight I may just be hearing this because I want to hear a difference.
Is there anyone that has a "decent" room for acoustics to start with - that hears much of a difference? Maybe ARC is just for horribly sounding rooms to start with? If that is the case I would assume money would be better spent on room treatments versus electronic processing.
Or possibly my Anthem ARC is not working. I guess the only way to know for sure would be to borrow another MRX, set it up, and compare. Lots of work.
The goal of ARC is to correct things either your room is causing, or that the speakers you have are poor at.
If you have really good speakers, which under ideal conditions are "near perfect" than the main thing you can hope to gain from ARC will be correction of your room.
If your room is near perfect, the corrections that ARC is going to make will not be as significant and that is a good thing! We don't want to go changing something that isn't broken in the first place!
Originally Posted by jayray
Your speaker measurement curve (red) is quite good so ARC didn't have to do much. This is a good thing. However ARC has allowed you to see where your sub needs help and that is from 100-50 Hz. Move it around because you are losing some good pounding effects in movies. The dip is too hard for ARC to correct so you have to help it by moving the sub until the measured curve rises in that freq. range. You'll be amazed at the impact this will have during movies. When you find the best spot the target window will likely show Sub cutoff at 120Hz.
As Jayray pointed out, in a post only a few after yours... your measured curve (the red line) is really pretty good! The measure line of course is what ARC hears without doing any correction. Does this mean that ARC did nothing, of course not... it just means that the changes it made will not be really hyper obvious unless you have really exceptional hearing that has been trained more to hear the subtle differences. (I'm not blaming the inability to hear the difference on your "old ears" but rather saying that the differences are more subtle than often seen and therefore will probably only be really noticable to someone with exceptional hearing... which for the record is not me, but I do have a good friend that would notice... and yes you can put him in a blind listening test and he will be correct, one amazing ear on that guy.)
What Jayray did suggest is that your sub is lacking. It had a big spike that should have made things at a certain frequency seem really boomy, ARC helped correct that. However it cannot make up the places where your sub simply is not performing. I don't know if you were able to improve on the sub after this comment... I don't have the time to re-read everything, but that is where you should be focusing your efforts at the moment if you have not corrected it.
Originally Posted by Screen Shot
eric-t resposted my curves in the post above this.
Don't think I have slap echo.
My room dimensions are approx. 29 x 13 with an 8 foot ceiling. My L and R speakers are 9 feet apart on the short wall. My main seating position is approx. 12 feet from the screen. No windows in the room.
I think you are hoping that ARC will somehow fix the hole in your bass, this ARC cannot do, no room correction can do that... you need to fix your sub first.
After that, enjoy that your room and speakers are pretty good to start with!
Also, even though I don't have a perfect ear like some... I did find that I could simply listen to music and movies for a lot longer without any sort of fatigue. Before I bought the MRX, I didn't have a clue what that statment meant, but now that I have it, somehow I can just listen for hours without even noticing I've been sitting there and often at louder levels than I was comfortable at before (trust me... my neighbors noticed). This is not a simple psych effect, as really I'm not even concentrating on the Music being played... I'm simply relaxing, doing other things and afte a while it is clear that is having a very different impact on me than it used to where after a while I would find myself turning it down or eventually off cause I was "tired of listening". So even though my untrained ears may not hear all the differences, my brain is somehow appreciating them and much more relaxed to what I'm listening to when they are there. Sit and listen a while and you may find the same... Old ears or not