Originally Posted by streetsmart88
Sorry for this late response and absence from this thread ... I had a long vacation and then an equally long vacation to recover from the long vacation.
Chris K, in response to a request from Jeff, stated that without midrange compensation, voices may sound "honky". See http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...8#post17380708Two that come to mind quickly:
The Patriot: Ch. 2 "We are at war"
Most of the voices suffer from honkiness without midrange compensation. Listen to Mel Gibson and some of the actors in the audience
Standing in the Shadows of Motown: Ch. 4 "Joan Osborne: Love is like a Heat Wave"
Her voice can be extremely shrill and piercing with MR off.
There are many more examples. Solo dialog, vocals in CDs, etc.
I think it all depends on the system, the listener and the source material. Personally, I try to get the system sounding as close to the sound of live classical music concerts as I can. I am fortunate to have been at some concerts that were recorded live and issued on SACD, and I have also been at concerts in a fair number of different halls. So, over the years, I like to think I have accumulated a decent internal sense of what live, unamplified music is supposed to sound like.
With that reference, I prefer midrange compensation off in my system. There is a definite lack of air and space plus a somewhat restricted tonality with it on. Other classical concert goers quite agree in my system.
To me if it is "right" and "accurate" with music, it going to be the same with movies. And, I hear no sense of honkiness on voices either with music or movies. Actually, I have never heard any of the actors I see in movies, so I do not know exactly what their voices sound like, anyway. If I did hear what I thought was honkiness on a few soundtracks, personally I would rather hear it that way than introducing a permanent "distortion" to the sound of everything. But, YMMV.
I have yet to hear a clear and convincing argument from Audyssey for why the midrange compensation is even there. I do not think it makes sense from an acoustic theory perspective, unlike the HF roll off which does. So, it appears to be aimed at "sweetening" the tendencies of some sountracks, pure and simple.
But, I personally have a problem with doing that for some source material at the expense of all. However, everyone gets to make their own choices in their own systems.