I'm was getting ready to pull the trigger on the AX 8801 only, to replace my Parasound C1 Processor which I like the sound of very much. I have had front height speakers ever since Yamaha came out with them in their receivers many years ago. The C1 has 4 additional channels that you config. to play what you desire. I use them for front and rear height speakers.
I down loaded the 8801 manual and have been reading it. I'm very disappointed in the manual speaker crossover settings. The settings are said to be
40Hz / 60Hz / 80Hz / 90Hz / and up. I have 10 of the same large speakers for all the channels in my system. I have spent many hours over the years experimenting with different crossover settings and it boils down to that my system sound best when the fronts, center, rear surrounds, and back speakers are set at a 45Hz crossover point. The front and rear height speakers set to 60Hz. These settings produce more, and cleaner sounding bass in my room. When I go to a 40Hz setting I loose some of the punch that my speakers provide and the sub doesn't. When I go to 50Hz which the 8801 doesn't even offer the sound begins to sound muddy.
I never had Audyssey before. I'm a little afraid to depend on automated set up.
Any thoughts or experience on this would be greatly appreciated. Is it true that the 8801 only offers these limited crossover settings? This could be the deal breaker for me.