Originally Posted by NYC Guy
...Has anyone that owns an 01/03 done a professional audio calibration or is the auto MCACC setup sufficient? I am planning on having my Kuro 111FD calibrated for ISF day/night modes and some of the calibrators offer a basic audio calibration with an SPL meter. Is this something worth even pursuing or will it be overkill and a waste of money?...
Right now my speakers are set to "Large" and the SW to "Plus" after running the auto MCACC setup. Although they sound ok, I believe that there is room for improvement, so will a basic audio calibration with an SPL meter really make a significant difference?...
It depends on the calibrator. Based on my experience checking with my own SPL meter, that alone will make very little difference. MCACC is very accurate.
However, some calibrators do more than just verify settings with an SPL meter, and they may be worth the expense. They sometimes turn up things like out of phase wiring (sometimes by the factory), optimize settings by (a well trained) ear, suggest alternative speaker placements, etc., all of which have caused some users to praise the results lavishly.
If you are dissatisfied with your current sound after using MCACC, the right calibrator may well be a worthwhile investment. Be sure to check references, though.
And I agree with boomster. Most people will get the best (most accurate) results by setting all their speakers to small and letting the subwoofer handle all of the bass. This is what THX and most pros recommend.