Originally Posted by johnson636
Why does it always seem that if one even suggests a reciever without audessey they get dumped on? I've never used audessey so I can't say it doesn't make a difference or not, but to imply nothing else matters other than audessey is simply not right. I don't have an apple tv and at some point I would like to airplay to zone 2 independently, should I not take that into consideration? Not every audessey owner implies audessey is the end all be all, but there are those out there.
Has actually nothing to do with Audyssey but a missing EQ system.
Those components which influence the sound most are
a) room acoustics
b) room acoustics
d) amps and AVRs
Because people usually have no choice in actively modifying the room acoustics by physical means, the nearest best way then is EQ, which helps the room, the speakers and the seating position at best.
If you got a "plain" pure old amps without everything else, you might have the (theoretically) best sounding electronics, but may be one of the worst or mediocre sounding systems. By employing one (i.e. any) modern EQ system, you are getting (most of the times) a much greater improvement in SQ than with anything - even exotic and expensive - else.
The only thing which counts at the end is SQ at your favorite listening position, no matter how it is achieved. Taking cost and usefulness into the equation, in the overwhelming number of applications (cases) this is acoustic treatment or EQ not esoteric electronics, speakers and accessories, contrary to what the "industry" says. Everything else will only enter the equation as a number behind the decimal point for those affected, which includes most of us.
If you got an (almost) perfect room and the money, then we can talk about those "HigherEnd" products.