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One last Audyssey/CEDIA update..
Integra never calibrated XT 32 due to show floor noise levels. Yesterday, after being impressed with Harman's demo, we visited the THX demo with Procella Sound speakers. It was head and shoulders above Harman's and with only treatments and no room correction. Nicely balanced, great imaging and also great surround envelopment with dual monopole surrounds. I did see later that they were using the Bassis system on the sub's.
Today we worked our way around the floor and visited Wisdom Audio. As much as we liked the THX/Procella demo over the Harman, by that same amount we preferred Wisdom's over the THX. It was one of the most amazing theaters I have ever heard. They had a room no less cheesy than some of the others we heard, and they had virtually no treatments. But what they did have was ribbon mids and highs .. and Audyssey set up. We asked them how they managed to do the calibration and they pointed out that they were in the amen corner where the noise levels were much lower. They also said that they would do Audyssey calibrations at 2AM if they had to. I fart in Integra's general direction for not doing the same thing.
All three of the sequentially best sounding demos were with nose-bleed expensive gear, but the Wisdom with Audyssey and no treatments beat the Procella THX-certified theater with a professionally designed treatment package and no room correction hands down, which in turn had beaten hands down the sparsely treated, but room-corrected JBL system.
Denon/Marantz/McIntosh had no demos set up, just a lot of purty equipment. Denon did not have their flagship pre/pro on display ... something about a refresh to be shown ... SHOWN, not demoed .. at CES in January. They said it would have HDMI 1.4a, but had no idea if it would have XT 32.
Anyone in the market for an XT 32 pre/pro will need to look at Onkyo's 5508 and Integra's DHC-80.2. Anyone wanting to Pro calibrate their system will need to scratch the Onk off the list.