Originally Posted by aracGuate
recently buy the Disney WOW disc. Ive been reading the thread too.
They say that doing the SPL calibration instead Audyssey is better.
Last weekend, spent about 4 hours doing it. First Audyssey, then the Wow way.
I noticed slight changes in sound in the surround channels. The 3 front and SW almost equal level.
Have you done this? What do you think about level calibration of WOW disc vs Audyssey?
I know it could be a matter of preferences, but IMO the surround channels work better with the WOW calibration.
This can be very tricky to know what to do.
First of all, the Audyssey is there to use for people who don't have an ideal room for acoustics.
Most people don't have acoustic treatments setup in a room that is made for audio and video.
They have tables/walls/floors/etc that reflect sound and create audio nodes that in general will hinder the audio from being
balanced in all frequencies at all listening positions.
Now... if you have a room that is very ideal for this type of audio, you may not need the calibration that Audyssey provides, but that is rare.
However, if you are using HDMI (or any other digital interface) for audio, then more than likely Audyssey will usually be the best way to go
since no room is perfect, but you just have to make sure that you are using the Audyssey the best way possible.
As others have said (and there are HUGE threads and discussions elsewhere about how to get the best results from your Audyssey),
it can be a bit difficult to get the very best results from the mic and version of Audyssey that is in the 805,
but if you try hard enough and learn the best methods, it can provide very nice "calibrated sound".
Doing your own calibration across all channels/frequencies/positions/etc can be very difficult,
but hey, if you are confident that it sounds good, then do whatever you like best. After all you are the one who listens to it.
It can play tricks on you sometimes though, since volume level, whether the overall volume, or the volume of just one frequency is
just a little stronger at one spot, it can give the illusion of sounding better when in fact it's more out of balance than it should be.
Based on my own experience, again if using digital audio for sound, I think that Audyssey is a very good tool to use,
especially if your room is not customized for the best acoustic sound.