I've recently run Audyssey MultiEQ XT on my 7.1 system (omnipolar speakers). While the sound is terrific and very 3 dimensional, it seems like the soundstage is shifted significantly towards the top center and slightly to the back. For example, when listening to music it sounds like the voice is coming from the ceiling right above me or from slightly behind me.
I do love the enveloping sound, but it makes me want to look back (or up) instead of focusing on the music from the front. Since this is my first decent audio system, I wonder if maybe this effect (which occurs with all music I listen to on my system) is intentional? (I haven't watched a movie yet, so not sure if effect is similar there.)
I tried manually adjusting the speaker levels (increasing fronts + center and decreasing rears), but it made the soundstage sound very narrow and not as 3-dimensional.
As it can be tricky to adjust all 7 speakers, I wonder if I should try running Audyssey again with different mic placements, maybe placing the mic more towards the front of the room?
* Mirage OMD-C1 center (12 ft from seating position)
* OMD-15's fronts (13 ft from seating position)
* OMD-5's (sides; 1 ft behind and 2.5 ft above main seating)
* Creative s700 (rears; 5 ft behind and 2.5 above)
* AVR991 receiver
* Room is 14w x 20l x 9h. Seating position is center of room, and I performed 8 mic measurement in a circle, about 1 ft away from each other.