Ok, I've read through this entire owner's thread, and I there is little-to-no mention or talk of any of the different audio processing/listening mode presets that are present here on this AVR.
I just received my 1008 last week, and I've been playing/toggling endlessly with the listening modes, and the different (competitive or redundant?) EQ and Volume (Loudness) adjustments, and I've got some opinions about what works best -- when and where -- and I'm surprised no one else has chimed in here (although I do appreciate all of the Zone 2/3 and iRadio talk).
So I'm proposing that us owners list our favorite listening mode presets for each type of audio material and input configuration. For example, I use Stereo (MUSIC) with Dynamic EQ enabled for iRadio audio material, and naturally Audyssey EQ because you can't experience Dynamic EQ without it (but you can have Audyssey EQ without Dynamic EQ).
But more specifically, I'm curious to know what settings people opt for their film watching and music listening. The purist in me wants to keep Audyssey out of the loop, but after running the setup, I can't help but hear a difference in my main listening position, but I'm worried that it's introducing too much processing.
On the flipside, we have the THX modes, which (after extensive research on THX's site) sound to be less aggressive in their processing/management of the original source material.
Then again, it's always possible to bypass all processing, and do a straight decode (TrueHD or DTS:HD-MA).
Even still, I'm just terribly curious to know what people think about all of the processing/listening options, and also how they all work in concert with one another, or not at all. For example, you can disable THX Loudness Plus, and instead use Audyssey's Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume processing with THX Cinema/Game/Music modes (but what changes in the THX processing outside of Loudness Plus -- is that all that is disabled?).
To be clear, I'm not asking for someone to tell me what I should enable, but instead I'm interested in what everyone else finds beneficial, and particularly the perceived qualitative differences between all of the different audio processing combinations, dependent on the source material.
Long winded post, I know, but I hope that someone out there sees where I'm coming from, or is at the very least inspired by my inquisition.