Originally Posted by kbarnes701
LOL! A great post that puts the last several pages into context!
Do you, when using THX Cinema with Loudness Plus, change the Audyssey Curve to 'flat' (or 'music' as Onkyo calls it) which I understand is recommended? And what do you do with Re-EQ?
I may well try THX LP as an alternative to DEQ and the rest of your settings would be similar to mine. But I am not sure what to do with the Audyssey curve setting and Re-EQ.
On my Onkyo 709, I use the Music curve for all of my inputs. I use THX Cinema/DTS Neo:6 Cinema + THX Cinema for everything, except music. I keep THX's Re-EQ on 100% of the time too.
I run a 5.1 setup with all direct radiators (SuperZero 2.0s), and to me, the THX modes make my surround sound field much more expansive than straight decoding. Also, with THX Cinema, I get the smoothest front to back, and side to side pans as well. I just watched The Hunt For Red October, and the sub panning shots were just incredible, especially the back to front. Yes my identical speakers have something to do with that, but I A/B'd the scene with THX vs straight decoding, and the difference was pretty obvious with THX Cinema engaged.
My opinion on THX Loudness Plus, is that it does not effect/boost/cut the bass at all, at any MV level, unlike DEQ. Users with measuring gear may prove me wrong, but my ears, as well as the documentation I posted, says that only the surround levels are tweaked, and it is a very subtle tweak at that, again unlike DEQ.