I have been lurking in this thread as I try to come to a conclusion about purchasing the Integra 80.3 or the Athem Statement, so the last serveral posts very helpful.
My question is, I thought the 80.3 had Audyssey Pro, and it was a more advance room correction system then the 40.3 offered, but there is mention about purchasing it. Can someone explain how you purchase the "Pro kit" and how it is intergrated into the processor? I now see there is an Audyssey Multi EQ Pro, but I assume that is something different.. Thanks in advance for your help
The 80.3 comes with Audyssey's top of the range consumer EQ - MultEQ XT32. XT32 does a terrific job, especially wrt the bass. (Take a look at the FAQ link below for more info about XT32).
The Pro Kit is the 'next step' beyond XT32. It takes the basics of XT32 but enhances the calibration in various ways. It allows for 32 mic positions; the mic itself is of a much better quality and is individually calibrated to the included preamp; the target curve can be 'tweaked' to user requirements; before and after graphs are produces showing the intended effect of the correction filters; calibration files can be saved and reloaded at will making experimentation an easier prospect.
Pro users (I am one myself) report better integration of the main and surround channels, a more 'refined' surround post calibration and various other benefits, depending on their other equipment, their ears and their room.
Whether you would feel the need to add the Pro kit (another $700 approx) to the 80.3 is entirely a personal decision. XT32 does a terrific job and many are totally satisfied with it. For those who want the 'ultimate' Audyssey experience, the Pro kit is there and can be bought later if the need is felt.