Originally Posted by hd_newbie
I am confused now. Earlier I asked a question whether a professional could get better results with his/her own tools without Audessy Pro (or a competing solution). The response was "no" because what Audessy did was too sophisticated for any human to replicate.
Now I am reading you can get better results with bands if you have someone who knows what s/he is doing.
What am I missing here?
using the non pro software, a pro COULD get better results because they have better knowledge overall.
a good pro could possible squeak nomimal improvements because maybe they have a better mic to do the internal cal with.
What the pro brings is perhaps better tools to measure (independant of the reciever) the end result and make changes to speaker position, shuffling any room treatments, and doing very simple test changes.
As an example, if i notice some anomaly, i ask you "do you have two blankets/quilts we can grab for a few minutes?" we then tack them up on the back wall and nullify some slap off the back wall that the room correction software was trying to fix with electronic trickery. then you go to bed bath and beyond with some simple guidance to buy some fabric drapes and liners to hang in the back of the room. (simplest acoustic treatments there are) and as a result, now the room correction software is not trying to fix something that was fixed for about 100$ (since the wife will want the nicer curtains and hardware :-) ). and this can result in much better sound.
in short, the pro brings experience to the puzzle.
As an analogy... while it is not talking about room correction software, i feel it is relevant.
A few years back i visited a local members house. he has an outstanding system. he also had a bunch of room treatments employed.
well we listened for a while, then i pulled out my pro measuring rig. in listening, i thought i heard somethiing that was a little odd. the measurement rig confimed it. so we played around moving the sound panels a bit and after some trial and error, we managed to make a 6dB hump go away. as it happened, the owner did not like things as flat as we made it, so he halved the corrections we made and it was how he liked it.
So in theory, a pro will come in, will look at the room, listen some, move some stuff around, measure, move some stuff some more, listen some more and when he has the room as good as he feels it can be like that... THEN you plug in the mic and do that calibration.
you would be surprised at what a person with the right tools and the right knowledge can do with no additional gear. And every improvement we can make in the space, means less fiddling we have to do with thhe sound.