Originally Posted by LarryChanin
To try to address your comments, let's step back a moment from Audyssey. Now, without Audyssey how do you calibrate your system? Well, first you select the "primary listening location" and place an SPL meter there and you adjust all the levels to 75dB. Then you use that location to set the distance or delays.
when you have to deal with asimmetrical placements, you have to deal with two different problems.
One is sound image and two is IMAGE.
If placing the mic in the main seating location, even if off center, can solve the problem one, because setting delays and level can move virtually your seatings to the center, the same does not happen with the IMAGE.
In other words, you will feel to be seated in front of the center of the IMAGE but you see that the IMAGE is off center.
I think this can confuse our brain.
In my opinion you should pick the primary mic position in the center of the IMAGE and them move the mic laterally to the closest lmit of the seating area, measure that distance, and repeat the position on the opposite side.
This will throw off some of the seating but I do not see other possibility.
Trying to confuse MultEQ is not something I consider a good idea.
It is just a computer calculating things and as an Old statement says about computers "Rubbish in equals to rubbish out"
It seem that something is appearing on the market able to deal with worng placement of the speakers, but it still would not be able to avoid the confusion our brain can feel if the sound image and the IMAGE are not centered one to the other.
I hope I have been clear enough, because my english is limited.