Originally Posted by Peter Nielsen
Since ARCOS is for dealers only, you'd think the MP-20 will have a different room correction system with calibration software and microphone equipment available to everybody like it is with TacT and other competitors.
You're confusing Harman's room correction (ARCOS software) with the JBL Synthesis calibration kit (hardware). ARCOS will eventually be all Harman gear, from high end Lex and Levinson pre-pros to H/K receivers, while the JBL Synthesis calibration kit is only sold to dealers and calibrators who have gone through training to use that kit. Naturally, the version of ARCOS on a Mark Levinson pre-amp will be different than the version on a $499 Harman/Kardon receiver.
Audyssey did the same thing, having different levels of the same room correction on various pre-pros and receivers. Plus they had an Audyssey Pro microphone kit that was only sold to trained/certified Audyssey Pro calibrators. If you wanted to go beyond the consumer level Audyssey on your receiver, you hired an Audyssey calibrator.
AFAIK the MC-12 did not require dealer installation?!
The MP-20 won't be any different than what I do with my MC-12: plug in 4 mics, push a button and walk away. Of course it won't be the same level as a full-on Synthesis calibration.
MP-20 owners can always hire an ARCOS certified calibrator to get Synthesis level calibration (8 mics, higher resolution measurements, more correction filters, manual tweaking, etc). Whether that will still require an SDEC unit or whether the filters can be dumped into the pre-pro (a la Audyssey Pro) remains to be seen/announced.