Originally Posted by Kytann
Maybe I can manually EQ it to sound OK. The interface for making adjustments sure isn't user friendly though. I miss having actual bass and treble knobs
and some competing systems, mainly Audyssey used in Denon, Onkyo, are completely auto-EQ.
you will gradually get used to using a modern A/V receiver
these are NOT the stereo systems of old
They are far more sophisticated than what you're used to. The interface for MCACC is about as good as you can get, maybe a few competing systems are slightly better, but they are all menu driven with individual adjustments for freq bands. Just think of it as a slider graphic equalizer without the dancing LED's and you'll be fine. It's been my own experience that letting it calibrate automatically results in a nice, integrated soundstage, surrounds, rears, center and fronts. Manual adjustments are there for personal tweaking to taste but the auto system is proven technology and will get your speaker-room response in the ballpark.
just make sure you use the mic properly -
1. place it on a tripod, mic stand, or if needed, on a seat back, but in the main listening position. Don't place it in front & lower than the seat back (on the seat itself, for example) or reflected sounds will throw off the calibration & EQ.
2. make sure the mic is pointed directly up to the ceiling, with the disc horizontal & parallel to the floor, in other words, don't tilt it forward or back, or you will get an incorrect calibration
3. try to stay out of the way of the mic and speakers, preferably out of the room & point the remote, but at the very least, don't stand behind or in front of the mic. and stand still. even small body movements can effect the lower freq measurements.
4. pick a quiet time to do the calibration. no footsteps, kids running around
5. do the full MCACC, so you get all 3 modes, Symmetry, All Channels Adjust, and Front Aligned.
Symmetry = speakers are tuned in opposing pairs to match the target EQ curve
All Ch Adjust = speakers are tuned individually to match the target curve
Front Aligned = fronts are calibrated for distance & level but NOT EQ'd. Rest of speakers are EQ'd to match the non-EQ'd fronts
Hope this helps