Originally Posted by cadett
1. Audyseey doesn't even set the distance. The reciever does.
2. Audyseey doesn't set the levels, the reciever does.
3. Audyseey merely captures data & then interpolates that data based on the average of all spots the data was collected from & then applies filter(s) to flatten out the response so that there are no peaks & valleys in the sounds generated.
4. You should run Audyseey then use the SPL Meter to adjust the levels to 75, center to 77, & the sub to around 80db. Also point the spl meter at the ceiling, not the speaker. Because you don't point your ears at the speaker, it envelopes the listener.
5. Raising the intellivolume is the same as turning the recievers volume up(so why use it at all, unless one source is louder or softer than the reference source).
6. Don't get hung-up on the number on the front of the reciever, it's just a reference.
Generally, from what I read from the forum 'sticky' about Audyssey, the only time one really needs
to do a 'tone/meter' setting is in the case of multiple subwoofer in different locations.
I am used to the doing the meter thing, having come from the analog world.
This is my first experience with a 'self-correcting' system.
One can certainly experiment, but from the Audyssey data I saw, with the exception of the sub distance, the other distances are darn close to what I used to get using tape measure. The sub distance will generally be greater than a direct measurement because of time phase factors, and I don't think I would want to change those to actual 'ruler' distances.
When I used the meter before, I would first measure from the main listening point. The Audyssey measures from each mic location and the calculates (averages?) the resulting distance. Even at that, the resulting data is very much as I would have expected.
Again, I am not saying there may not be advantages to doing manual measurement and subsequent measurements/adjustments. Certainly, many of us have tweaked up xover settings to something we feel is more balanced or pleases our ears more.
One should be mindful of how Audyssey works and like any system may have some limitations. Often those are the result of not being able to mitigate every possible condition.
Of course considering the acoustical properties of the room and proper speaker placement before
relying on any automated correction system or even doing a manual tone & meter measurement, will always reap the best benefit in the end.