I had the following PM earlier and my reply to it is below. Would anyone care to make any observations? I think both the questions merit inclusion in the Pro FAQ.
I was thinking about buying the pro kit and came across your FAQ, which is brilliant. thanks for compiling that! few quick questions for you:
1) with an XT receiver (2312ci), would the pro kit make enough of a difference to justify the cost? would i be better off saving the money for an XT32 receiver?
2) is it possible to obtain the pro kit for less than the $520 that perfect home theater has it listed for?
3) i have dual subs. i am guessing the pro kit will not allow my XT AVR to EQ each sub on its own, but please let me know if it does.
Glad the FAQ is useful for you. Please have a look at the MultEQ FAQ as well as the Pro one - a good understanding of basic Audyssey helps a lot with the Pro kit too.
1. This is a subject that has been discussed quite a bit before and it is a marginal call I think. Pro utilises the underlying version of Audyssey MultEQ as its base, so a Pro calibration on an XT unit will not be as good as a Pro calibration on an XT32 unit. The biggest difference between XT and XT32 is that the latter allocates far more of its resources to EQ-ing the bass (where EQ is needed most) and fewer resources to EQ-ing the upper frequencies. XT32 is a very significant step up from XT for this reason. When I upgraded from XT to XT32 I was staggered at the difference it made. Remember that if you buy the Pro kit for the 2312 you will also have it for any upgrade to XT32 later of course. Personally, I would get an XT32 unit before I got the Pro kit and then add the Pro kit later if I felt the need. Again, if your room is well treated, then the benefits of any form of electronic EQ will be smaller anyway, so this is another factor to take into account. This is an interesting question you raise and I ought to add it to the FAQ - I will raise it in the Pro thread and get a general view and then add it.
2. Not really. If they are out of stock Audyssey will sell you one direct but the price is pretty much the same.
3. Another good question and one that ought to be in the FAQ. You are right - Pro uses the 'base' version of XT so it's capability in that area is limited to the capability of the unit. If your subs are identical and located at equal distances from the MLP it doesn't matter all that much IMO.
Thanks for any comments - Keith