Originally Posted by madshi
Yes yes. But "treatment" is a very broad term. E.g. it can be hardware treatment (e.g. corner bass traps) or software treatment (Audyssey etc).
The problem for me is this: I'm planning to set up a dedicated home theater room which will be perfectly rectangular. Also I plan to do hardware treatment (as far as it makes sense). Now if I do hardware treatment, is software treatment (e.g. Audyssey) not needed, anymore? Or would I benefit from software treatment/correction in any case? In the latter case not having any software treatment in the Arcam would be a problem for me, as I surely cannot afford to buy an AVR600 and then buy another processor to add software treatment on top of that! I don't have THAT much money...
Typically with properly designed acoustic treatments, you can correct ALOT of room problems with higher frequencies. Bass traps and correctly placed subs will help with the lower frequencies also.
A good professional custom installation company has all of the facilities to do a modal drawing of your room (or even do an acoustic design of your room, if you want to pay for it).
All of that being said, a good calbration done correctly should never "hurt" your system. And if a receiver like this is released for this price without some type of correction software, that is a bad thing in my book.
To give you an idea, whenever we design and install a JBL synthesis system, we completely design the room from the ground up. Everything, all treatments, equipment, layout, seating, lighting, HVAC, control, speakers, screen, etc, etc, etc.
Then, after it is all done we come in with the JBL EQ system (ridiculous BTW) and calibrate it. My point is, even with the best designed rooms, EQ (if done right) can only help.
I used to sell Arcam all the way back when they introduced their first "alpha 9" CD player, and as recently as their AVR 350. They make excellent sounding products. Their shortcoming has always been not keeping up on the latest features. Mostly they attribute that to wanting to "focus on AQ" which can never be a bad thing. While there are hundreds of useless features on many AVRs, I have found that some features are excellent and should included in any AVR that is priced "high".