Originally Posted by hifisponge
...The diamonds were already a bit too incisive in the treble when run sans EQ, and Audyssey only made matters worse.
Two points from my perspective:
I've never experienced any incisive highs with my 802's or 803's without
Audyssey. While I have the 805's as rears, I've not listened to them as primary speakers so I can't say if they are heavy on the top end, but this is not a quality revealed in their role as rears. The diamond tweeters are remarkably refined and naturally revealing in my environment (fully carpeted floor, moderate drapes and window coverings, sheetrock ceiling).
Secondly, even if there's were an issue with the 805's, one of the main functions of an auto EQ would be to pull their "out of bounds nature" closer inline with a target curve, not exacerbate the problem. As posted, this was one of the problems with Audyssey, and no amount of finagling with the measurement positions, number of samples, or blankets covering my seats could ever change that (that and and the reduction of the low end).
I did feel the 4311 had better bass management, but until I get everything calibrated with the SSP, I don't think I'm prepared to do a final assessment.
For those running calibrated SSP's, do you find the bass management adequate or still prefer some need for an SMS or SubEQ HT?