Originally Posted by jbdawson
I'm looking at these 2 receivers as well and have a question. How much does audyssey have to do with how things will sound on the music side? Does Denon or Yamaha generally sound better for music (you would think Yamaha has the heads up)?
It really depends on how you like your music to sound. I use a marantz sr5006 with a pair of polk audio tsi300s. With audyssey mutiEQ XT turned on and the flat setting is selected with the dynamic eq on, the bass frequencies 20, 30, and 40hz is boosted significantly With this setting a subwoofer is not needed. If you run bookshelfs for font L/R then you'll need a sub even if all the settings mentioned above are turned on.
Yamaha's room calibration is less aggressive with bass. Even with floor speakers like the polk audio TSI300, I needed to run a sub.
In terms of just music use I would say sometimes I want the option of massive bass with the audyssey system, sometimes I like the sound of the Yamaha system. Most of the time I use direct/pure direct and get clear unmodified sound.
Like I mentioned at the beginning of the post it depends on how you like your music to sound. Massive bass with tower speakers without a sub get audyssey. With the bass enhanced the mids and highs are still decently good. Dynamic Eq is very aggressive at lower volumes, but as the volume gets closer to the 0db mark it begins to tone down.
My experience with different brands of receivers, onkyo was the only one that let me add tone control with audyssey. The onkyo tx nr609 also let me enable dynamic Eq with a custom EQ curve. Denon and marantz did not let me do anything but enable dynamic Eq with their calibrated curves.