Originally Posted by Kal Rubinson
The Mac also has a useful roomEQ.
I'm surprised it only has MultEQ XT on board, though. No mention of Pro calibration, either, but perhaps at this level it is assumed someone will come over and use the professional version to get the most out of the software.
MultEQ XT is useful, yes. But lots of parts today ship with XT32 at much lower prices, and of course in that range there are the Anthem and Anthem Statement parts with their arguably even better room correction software.
Really, in a released-in-2012 $6000 part, not having the current flagship version of Audyssey's room correction software is a puzzling shortcoming.
Perhaps it has the DSP horsepower required for XT32, and updating it to 2012-worthy spec is a firmware update away. Or there was simply an error in the spec sheet.
Originally Posted by elambo
You are assuming, yes.
And, from what you subsequently posted, my assumption was entirely correct.
According to your own words, you did not attempt any sort of controls (blind listening is best, but precise level matching is absolutely required to make valid comparisons between parts) that would make "listening with [your] reference albums and judging with [your] ears" anything but a waste of your time. Your "explanation" pointedly did not mention sticking a multimeter in the output ports of both parts to ensure that they were matched to under known just-noticeable-difference (JND) thresholds across the band.
Being an "audio engineer by trade" is, of course, entirely irrelevant. Though one would perhaps expect an "audio engineer" to understand basic concepts such as listener bias and the effect of small level differences on perception of sonics...
Now, if you are really talking about the Krell with no EQ (I assume it's it's too primitive, oops I mean "purist," to have such things) compared to the Marantz after running Audyssey, then what you heard is actually just probably rather large frequency response differences. The McIntosh will be no better than the Marantz in that case, because they run the same version of Audyssey.