Originally Posted by pal1982
P.S. I talked to Richard at Parasound yesterday... i can't tell you all what he said... but... the new NC and Halo Processors and NC receiver are still coming just working on the Aydyssey chipset... (i am excited about that!) its going to be an almost fully featured Multi-EQ Audyssey EQ system in the units... and ya never know what else Parasound has up their sleeve :P you can always guarantee they will be current!
The new units sound like they could be really excellent, if Parasound doesn't make some unfortunate decisions that limit the functionality. If you talk to Richard again, perhaps you could pass on some suggestions? Here are a few:
1. The Audyssey implementation should include a choice of target curves, at least between flat and Audyssey standard (to accommodate both damped, treated home theaters and more lively standard living spaces).
2. Think seriously about adding Audyssey Dynamic EQ and maybe Dynamic Volume. Also, given the target audience, I would strongly suggest Audyssey Pro capability.
3. Don't have "large" and "small" speakers - just allow bass management to be on or off, preferably by speaker pair. And if there's a mode like Onkyo's double bass, include the low-pass filter frequency the sub channel is using in the setup menu.
4. Incorporate some simple, robust means of updating firmware. lt will be needed. It will also allow updating of Audyssey firmware, as it evolves to include more functionality, for an additional cost. I am sure the owners of these products will really appreciate that (brand loyalty big time). I would suggest a USB port would be the easiest. Just download the new firmware to a memory stick, plug it in, and update. Very easy for the user. One thing more - it also would be pretty cool to be able to store your settings on a memory stick, update the firmware, then restore the settings. Most f/w updates now wipe all your settings and it can be a real pain to do them all again.
Implemented properly, with solid analog and digital engineering, these units could be category standouts, like the Oppos. Of course, that would also take some serious commitment to customer service, which I don't know about in Parasound's case.