Originally Posted by sethhobrin
Dude, Audyssey calibration does WAY more than what your doing with the decibel meter. That just equalizes the Db from the listening position to each speaker. Audyssey will actually EQ your speakers to your room so to help reduce reflections and nulls, etc. Make sure and use the full amount of positions your reciever handles when doing the audyssey calibration.
Oh yeah, i know it's more advanced indeed. But i still feel like I need to be able to compare the two for myself. I've been using Audyssey for years--on the Denon 4310, and its predecessor, the Onkyo TX-SR674.(circa 2007) I'm sure i'll end up with Audyssey still activated, but I HAVE to know how it sounds since I have teh tools for both.
I use 3 positions, but the max is 6. My first setup i used all six at each listening position and the sound was all over the place (the final three listening positions are on a sofa that is perpendicular to the primary sofa). So I utilize only the primary listening positions to set up the Audyssey but it sounded excellent. But I experimented and tried only one position, and it was terrible (which is funny because the Onkyo ONLY allowed one position).
I certainly agree--the max primary listening positions.....albeit, facing the same direction!