Originally Posted by Amped
dbowker3D, are you saying the SR5003 does not handle the Audyssey setup very well or do you dislike Audyssey in general?
I have no previous experience with Audyssey, but when I had it do it's "thing" it set all speakers to 10' which is no where near correct. Plus it can't tell what kind of speaker you're using (like is it a limited range speaker or near full-range book shelf?). I ran it twice and got the same results so like I said I just did all myself. Since my speakers are all pretty optimally set on stands or wall mounted, it was really just a matter of correct distances and some minor tweaking for levels, then making sure I had good sub-woofer integration.
Maybe it'd work better for others, I don't know. It'd be fine for quick n dirty setup, but if you want things to truly blend seamlessly it's going to be by ear IMO.
Actually- that brings me to a question: What is the in-the-box Audyssey doing as opposed to true "room correction" setup and equalization. I assume that is not something you can get for free with a good but not real high-end receiver? I mean, ideally, the Audyssey sets up not just distances but actually analyzes the room itself and corrects for bass humps, standing waves and other reflection/absorption issues, right? That sounds way out of the league of what comes in the box. Right?