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[quote=kbarnes701;31205690]Audyssey will, absolutely, definitely not sneak the center speaker back into the setup while you’re not looking
Setting the L&R to small and using, say, 80Hz crossover to the sub is highly recommended. If the AVR sets the main speakers to Large after running Audyssey (it is the AVR that does this, not Audyssey) then set them back to small yourself - this will not negatively impact the calibration at all.
I am not sure what you mean by "changing the front and surrounds base volume level to pure zero". If you mean you reset all the trims to 0dB from whatever Audyssey had set them, then this is definitely NOT recommended. Audyssey is very accurate in setting the trims correctly to deliver a calibrated reference output - ie each speaker has been set to deliver the same output regardless of how far away it is from the MLP relative to the others, and its position in the room, relative to walls and corners. Changing these carefully calibrated levels to a random number (0dB) can only negatively impact the sound.
I am not sure why you feel a phantom center speaker is better than a physical center speaker. It should not be. HST, it is OK to use a phantom center provided you are the sole listener and sit directly between the L&R speakers. Any listener not sitting in that spot will have the sound skewed towards the side he is sitting. I imagine that your center speaker was not optimally setup if you prefer a phantom speaker. You mention that the centre is in "close proximity" to the L&R speakers. How close? The L&R speakers should be at 30° from the MLP each - ie you will be sitting at the head of `a triangle with angles of the right and left speakers at 30° from you. If the speakers are much closer together than this, then your imaging will be poor.
A photo of your room would be helpful if you can provide one. Phone camera is fine.
So yes, once you make any changes to the physical room you need to run Audyssey again.
Originally Posted by AustinJerry
Well, you certainly deserve our wrath because everything you did flies in the face of conventional wisdom. Keith has given you good advice, and I recommend you give it a try. Based on my experience, I would find it hard to believe that you would end up with worse sound, and would bet it will be improved.
Me again! Okay, I restored my Denon AVR-1912 so all of the Audyessy settings are back. The only change I've now have made is to set the Center to none. Believe it or not the audio front the front is much better.
QUESTION: My sub is set to 80Hz. The AVR's Bass Setting = Subwoofer Mode is LFE, LPF for LFE is 120Hz. Should I reset the subwoofer to 120Hz or reset the AVR's Bass Setting to 80Hz or "what"?
Thank you for your continued assistance.