Originally Posted by dancoh
Turn of Audessy. Or at least change it to bypass L/R . Only use Audessy for movies. For stereo music it removes to much bass. Don't try to set it manually either. And for god sake don't crank it up to +6. Buy a cheap receiver if you want to use trebble and base. For these fine equipments it's sacrilege to use it. At this high level of hifi you don't need that.
It's my understanding that the Audyssey system analyzes the room and boosts where frequencies are shy and attenuates where they are excessive. Meaning that, in theory, it can't inherently have too much bass, it can only have what the room calls for. It's common for the average room to dip +6 db, and often more, calling for a +6 db boost.
Regarding the level of hi-fi: the quality of your listening environment is entirely separate from the quality of your equipment. Audyssey is mainly, though not exclusively, correcting for your room, not any deficiencies within your gear. (I realize that I've argued the opposite on this very thread - that ancillary gear plays a role in room correction, which is true - but, in general terms, this is Audyssey's job). The absolute best gear on this planet, or any others, will still be contorted and distorted by the response of your room.