Ok, finally got around to running Audyssey XT32. First impression are very good. I definately noticed that this version is better than my last MultEQ XT.
When I plugged the setup mic in, I noticed that this version allows you to calibrate the sub level of each sub independently to 75db before you even start. First, it ask if you have 1 sub(1ch.) or 2 subs(2ch.). You put your mic in your main listening position and calibrate each sub with the gain or volume on the back of the subs. I got both subs calibrated to 75db-76db by using the gain or volume knobs on the back of each sub.
On to the calibration. After getting the subs inline, I put my mic stand behind my seats and extended the mic in between the seats in my main listening posistion. I noticed that it goes very fast not wasting much time in between each speaker chirp. After hitting the middle of my MLP, and them first two seats, I moved to the mic to the in between the last two seats. Took another measurement in the opposite spot for a total of five. My sixth and seventh measurement fell in the middle of the last two seats. The eighth and final measurement, I took in the very middle of the listening posistion, but in front of where the first measurement was taken.
After the calculations came back, I wasnt suprised to see the results, since my Onkyo 876 had basically the same results. I know this Audyssey version did a way better job on the sound qualtiy though. The initial settings were: Fronts 40hz, Center 50hz, Surrounds 40hz, LPF of LFE 120hz. Level calibration had to be raised via SPL meter. Audyssey set each speaker at or around 68db. It also set my subs to -12.5db each. I of course raised each speaker to 75db with the SPL meter on my mic stand at the main listening posistion. The distance that Audyssey saw for each speaker was pretty accurate. At least I know that each speaker is pretty close to the same spot relative to the other.
I ran some music through without changing anything but the calibration level. It sounded pretty damn good. I played "Nutshell" by Alice in Chains Unplugged and was definately impressed with what Audyssey had done. After playing a couple more songs I felt like the bass was lacking. While listening to some tunes, I started searching in the Onkyo setup, I came to a option under Audio Source which was greyed out before I ran Audyssey. It said "Audyssey". I clicked on it and Dynamic EQ came up. It was OFF. I turned it ON and the sound got EVEN better! I quickly ran some Pearl Jam, Aggressive Expansion, Nirvana Unplugged, and Metallica. I was impressed yet again with what Audyssey had done.
I played around with the sound field while listening to the music and found that Dolby Pro Logic II Music sounded the best. I swapped to Pure Audio and found that it sounded wonderful also. I quickly realized why, I had not changed the mains crossover point. The RF63s were kicking major ass in the bass department. I went in to the speaker setup again and changed all the crossover points of the mains, center and surrounds to 80hz. All of a sudden the SUBS woke up and joined the party.
After setting Dynamic EQ ON, changing the crossover points to 80hz, and getting the calibration level set for each speaker, I felt complete. The subs were booming like they were supposed to and the other speakers were doing their natural job in turn.
I havent gotten a chane to run some blu scenes through this baby yet, but will hopefully tonight. All and all, what little time I had with Audyssey XT32, my initial impressions are good. I plan to tinker a bit more Im sure. Im a perfectionist, or at lest try to be.