Originally Posted by jmalto
Well I have good news and bad news.
The good news is that XT32 is definitely better (in my ears and my setup) vs the AS-EQ1 and just regular MultEQ XT. I was hearing things from my subs I've never heard before and the bass slam I was complaining about returned after I re-did the setup. I would say if you have 2 subs you are OK to run them both into your 9.2 receiver and let XT32 do its thing.
Now the bad. XT32 does horrible, horrible things with my mains. I don't know what is happening or WHY it is happening, but it makes every speaker I own sound dull and like they are in a tin can. The first time I heard them I was stumped at the loss of sound output, today I focused on loss of clarity and how everything sounds like it is literally being spoken through a tin can inside a tunnel. I tried every sound DSP mode and putting the speakers into All Channel Stereo was the only way to remove it with Audyssey. When I turned Audyssey off, the sound returned to normal. I did not try this with another input device outside the PS3 so I will try my DirectTV later to verify.
I've re-tried setting them up 4x today and the end result is the same. Unfortunately I either have a bad receiver, Onkyo screwed up somewhere with this receiver line, or I just am not going to like what XT32 is doing to my room. I guess I will have to try another receiver to find out.
I will be boxing it up and shipping it out this week for a replacement and also pick up the Denon to compare.
Kinda lost me.....Is it the mains or every speaker? Is it the speakers or how XT32 is equalizing your room? What mains are you using? Is TV and PS3 your only sources? I should get the 5008 soon as it is in transit via FedEx. I will listen for this tunnel effect, I wonder if you got a bad unit or not. Post as soon as you try another receiver, hopefully another receiver with XT32..Also isn't this problem fixable with a firmware update? I know the unit is new with no support yet, but if XT32 truly is a problem can't it be fixed with an update?
I returned an Integra 50.2 due to the video stutter while the OSD was active as I need the OSD to see where the unit is set. I liked the sound of it though. The 50.2 didn't have XT32, so I hope your unit was a fluke...