Originally Posted by Bigham16
Perfect! I guess I am a preference kind of guy. I have tried to like DEQ and just can't get over the loud surrounds, loads of extra bass, and some movies it was hard to hear the dialogue while others were great. I have tired with no DEQ and not using an SPL meter and it definitely lacks punch. To me and in my room, with Audyssey engaged and using my SPL meter, it sounds fantastic. Everything is even, bass is perfect to my taste, and dialogue is crystal clear on all movies so far. Is there a 4th to try?
I know I know, to each his own and I do understand the difference between reference and preference.
Most of you are very helpful and that is one thing that is greatly appricated, even if you have to answer the same questions over and over
FWIW, I don't think there is a one size fits all answer to this. If you have knowledgeably experimented with your system and reached a particular conclusion/setting that is most pleasing to you, then you are probably in a good place. I think the key is to knowledgeably
experiment, and it sounds as if you have done that. I hope that you have tried using various RLO's and even tweaking your center channel volume (which my AVR let's me do in the Audio menu), just for the sake of thoroughness. But the bottom line from reading about 5 years of this thread is that not everyone likes DEQ for every application. And some may not prefer it for any application. IMO there is nothing wrong with preferring "preference" as long as you start with "reference", at least as far as possible.
One of the things that I have noticed about myself, and some others on this thread, is that we like to experiment. And my tastes are not absolutely static either. So, I may prefer one slightly different setting at one time, and then a few days or weeks later, find myself changing something slightly. Depending on your system and your room, those may be variables rather than static, as well. You may find yourself adding or replacing speakers, or adding subtle room treatments, or whatever. And any of those things may not only change your Audyssey calibration, but your perception of how things sound, and what you prefer, as well.
It would be just plain wrong to tell you not to obsess over your current settings/ preferences too much. After all, that's what we do on this forum.
But while obsessing, I wouldn't worry about it too much, if that makes any sense. Just keep reading, asking questions if you need to, absorbing information, experimenting as the spirit moves you, and over time you will probably find yourself getting to an even better audio place. There's no real hurry, particularly if you like where you are at this particular moment.