Originally Posted by Ryan1
Just curious: Are you comparing XT to MCACC Advance (9-band) and do you mean that you like XT better? If so, why?
I have not found a definite comparison and have not experimented with both. Audyssey seems to get the nod from the majority, but it may simply be that Audyssey simply has a larger installed base and thus more users chiming in.
I Just ordered a Marantz SR5006 with Audyssey XT, but am now thinking that the Pioneers may be a better match for me, since they have room correction memory at lower price points. I plan to run both my 7.1 movie set up (using Speakers A), and my music (stereo) set up (using Speakers B).
With the room correction memory setting MCAACC provides, I am assuming I can calibrate my 7.1 TV room (Speakers A) separately from my 2 channel music room (Speakers B), which would be a great advantage for MCACC, if the room correction quality is comparable.
Ryan.....I have compared Audyssey to "Advanced" MCACC. I've been swapping out AVRs to try. My reference AVR is a Pioneer Elite SC27, which I've had for over a year.
I tried the AnthemMRX 700 first. Nice AVR. Unfortunately, ARC did not play well with my all MAC house to set up. So, I didn't have it long and wasn't able to do a proper comparison.
Next up was a Marantz SR7005....another nice piece, utilizing Audyssey XT. That was probably the closest to MCACC as I've found as far as room/speaker correction. XT was supposed to EQ my subs, but was way off and set them (I have two) way too hot. So, that feature was of little use to me. MCACC doesn't equalize the subs, so I do it manually (SPL meter + room crawl). Given that, I would probably change my thinking and give the nod to MCACC as I'd much rather have no sub EQ than wrong sub EQ.
Right now, I'm evaluating a Denon 4311 with XT32. It's done a much better job on my subs. So, I'll give XT32 the nod over MCACC.
Long and short of this, when you get into the very upper end of AVRs, their room/speaker correction is all top notch.
The only other room/speaker correction I've ever used was setting up a friend's "EZ set" on an HK AVR he had. That scheme was woeful and got just about everything wrong.
As I said, YPAO is one I've never used. But, given it's Yamaha, I suspect it does a pretty decent job.
One thing I do like about the Yamahas, they have a big LCD screen that's easy to read (vs the small little ones in both the Denon and, even smaller, in the Marantz.