With the room you have, I think you have an excessively complex acoustical mess that Audessy simply cannot solve; nothing can! You have too many speakers trying to do too many things in a room that is not even symmetrical. The whole thing is out of control! Trying to get Audessy to fix it is like trying to lasso a runaway semi from horseback.
You would be far better off going back to 5.1 or 5.2 and work very hard to be certain that you have a satisfactory acoustical resolution of your problems at that level. Speaker positioning can be very critical. Get that fine tuned and working perfectly before you even attempt to increase the complexity of the system to 7.2. If you can't get 7.2 to work right, be satisfied with 5.2 or 5.1.
The comments you made about the bass make me fairly sure that your subwoofers are not working together properly and need a lot of experimentation and fine-tuning of their positions to get that working right.
The complexity of the relationships between speakers with 8 speakers is hard enough to sort out in a perfectly rectangular room with excellent acoustics and very limited hard walls or other hard surfaces.. It is EXTREMELY HARD TO MAKE A 9.1 OR 9.2 SYSTEM WORK WORTH A DAMN, and to get it to happen might require totally rebuilding your room with acoustically absorbent materials.
I have only seen it done properly once or twice and even if you could, it wouldn't sound significantly better than a good 7.1 system anyway. Think about the complexity of all of those speakers operating out of phase with each other and then compound that 10 times over with all of the reflections off of every hard surface in the room. The complexity and difficulties are off the chart.
Sometimes it is hard to get just TWO speakers properly positioned for good performance in a room, and you think you can get EIGHT perfectly positioned to do it. That is absolutely absurd! It is very close to impossible!!
Too much complexity leads to uncontrollable consequences; that is your problem. Your room is probably NEVER going to work right with 9.2, and may never work right with 7.2. Less is sometimes more.
Originally Posted by Dreamliner I'm told Audyssey is amazing, that I have a great receiver, that running Audyssey with 9.2 (Wide) should sound amazing, but I like pure direct more...why?Room:
22.5x15 (~2500cu ft), open to hallway/laundry. Not 'dedicated' but its the only function of the room (A living room that serves as a non-sealed dedicated 'Home Theater').Equipment:
|| Receiver: Denon 4311CI | Fronts: Boston VR2 | Center: Boston VRC | Wide: Boston CR67 | Surr: Boston CR77 | Rear: Boston CR57 | Subs: Dual Epik Empire | Panasonic PT-AE7000 Projector | 136” Carada 2.35:1 Criterion Screen ||Please understand, I'm not trying to bash anything, I'm just trying to learn what I'm doing wrong, so I can fix it, and be happy.
The speaker pairs are almost exactly symmetrical to my seating position (I sit slightly to the right). I ran the Audyssey Auto-Calibration in my room and followed the setup, I first calibrated in only one location, then three. I couldn't tell a difference. I felt the need both times to turn the bass way up (it calibrated it to -8db!) I don't need overbearing bass, I just want to know the subs are on!
Speech intelligibility seemed very low with the Dynamic-EQ and Dynamic-Volume enabled so I shut those off and it seemed to help a lot.
The best way I can describe is that Audyssey makes the sound stage feel lower and 'smooshed' like a wheezing asthmatic where Pure Direct sounds much more livelier and punchy like a gladiator. Every review/thread on Audyssey leads me to believe it should be the other way around.
What am I doing wrong and what more info can be provided to help?