Originally Posted by dla26
I have limited options where I can put seating in my HT, and unfortunately, the place where the seats are is a dead space for certain low frequencies. (I forget what the actual range is.) I've put in acoustic paneling, moved my sub around to the optimal location (had a professional come out to help with that) but still, there are some frequencies that will simply not hit my seating area.
My question is that Audyssey seems to be trying to fill that hole by really ramping up the subwoofer - to the point where I think it's overdriving the sub. I've recently turned down the volume on the sub to make sure I don't damage it, but I'd like it to play all of the frequencies it can at the volume that it can, and have Audyssee not worry about the dead range. (Not sure if I'm explaining this well...)
Does anyone know if there's some way to get Audyssee to do this?
I'm sure I am more bothered by this than many, but given that the name of the company is everywhere on this thread, it seems to me if you want to be taken seriously you might spell it correctly.
After Audyssey does its EQ thing to the sub, it will indeed apply make up gain if needed to get the sub overall SPL back up to its appropriate level. Usually this bothers folks by causing the deepest bass to be loud enough to sound troubling. That may be what you are experiencing. What you are saying, literally, is that you want Audyssey to leave all the peaks in your sub's in room response and still give you flatter response. Can't have it both ways.
Can't comment on whether your overall levels are a problem, but I know in my room the new response took some getting used to and it turns out that some of what I thought was distortion was actually stuff in the room singing along with the sub. Obviously you don't want to harm your sub. Audyssey will not even try to bump up deep dips in response, but that does not mean you're not hearing what you say you're hearing as described above.
I'd suggest keeping overall levels in the safe zone and listening to the Audyssey-ized result for a while - - like a week. That way when you go back you will have a better idea of whether you're missing inaccuracies that you've gotte used to or whether you have some issue going on.
FWIW, in my room, with my sub and my ears, I end up running the sub a couple dB quieter than autosetup chooses, and I run dynamic eq, which of course pushes the bass back up as you turn down from reference. I'm not the only one who likes a result a little different from what autosetup gives, and it's probably preference. But it's my system, so I set it like I want it. I may have a different view one of these days when I have a better sub.