Originally Posted by Bardia
Is there anybody here that does NOT use Audsyssey for movies?
Is there a night and day difference? Does it sound compressed when you have the Audyssey on?
Contrary to another opinion here, to me Audyssey makes a night/day difference. The sound is actually more compressed and non- dynamic with it off, owing to the effects of room-induced peaks/nulls, which it largely cures. That, and the time domain EQ, which Audyssey is built upon. I use it for EVERYTHING, and my listening is slanted about 90/10 toward music, primarily Mch classical. I consider it one of the greatest breakthroughs in recent audio history, and I would never be without it. The application of Audyssey is essentially transparent, except for the sonic benefits it provides in the frequency and time domains.
I have done 4 rooms with it, mostly for concert-going audiophiles like me. In each case, the improvement with EQ vs. without was huge and a not-even-close no brainer on switching it in and out.
There are, of course, those who have a sonic preference wired into their heads for some distinctive sound. I admit I do, as do my audiophile friends, and it is for sound that maximally approaches the sound of the live concert experience. No system I have ever heard, we all agree on this, at any price does that as well as a properly EQ'ed system. Others may have a different preference, as is their prerogative, and Audyssey may not provide that, whatever it is.
Some mention room treatments as an alternative. I am certainly not against that if it is expertly done with comprehensive measurements. But, that is really hard to do properly and accurately, especially for a lay person without adequate instrumentation and know-how. Room acoustics is very, very tricky. Not much, if any, off the shelf treatments really address room modal issues below 100Hz or so, as this requires huge, space-consuming sound absorbing structures. It is not an undertaking with any guarantees of success, and I have heard a fair number of DIY treated rooms that were really sub par and were not worth the effort. I also suspect that many even properly treated rooms could be further improved by Audyssey.
Is Audyssey perfect? Nothing is, of course. But, I cannot think of a better way to make a huge positive difference in your sound for music and movies, if greater faithfulness to the sound encoded on the disk is your bag. That is, if you want to hear better what the mixing/mastering engineers themselves heard.