Originally Posted by jpopperez
What are the best setting or results for the 822k, bought last week used to audessey but did the mcaac
5 times. Changed the speakers to small and turned the sub down to a quarter of the way up. Then changed the crossover to 80 HZ and ran it again it changed the speakers back to large so I changed them back to small. Is there any better setting to make it sound any better or am i missing anything? I watch blurays,directv, play ps3, and some music. I have polk monitor 60s for fronts, monitor 40s for rears, cs2 for center, and a energy ESW-V10 for my sub. Any input would be much appreciated.
When I calibrated my neighbor's VSX-822, it set the fronts to large and sub to 100Hz and sub distance at least 3' farther than the actual listening distance (12' vs 9'). It sounds FAR better than my RXV-371 Yamaha (which lacks calibration) using same speakers and roughly same apt layout, except I have carpet and he has tile.
If you'd mention what doesn't sound good to you or feel you think needs tweaking, it would help, but you do have fairly good speakers. The VSX-822 only has basic MCACC though, which lacks the ability to manually adjust EQ after calibration. You can set individual volume, distance, sub cutoff and speaker size, but that's about it.
As I said above, I'm leaning toward getting the Elite VSX-60, which has more wattage and Advanced MCACC, allowing post cal EQ adjust, and it also corrects for standing waves. Lots of people, usually Audyssey fanatics, will tell you the fronts have to be set to small to have bass management.
However, my friend's VSX-822 doesn't seem to have issues with bass tightness or muddiness when his fronts are set to large. His sub plays pretty tight and accurate and there doesn't appear to be any problems with some of the upper bass tones of the fronts overlapping those of the sub.
So these blanket statements being tossed around that imply you lose ALL bass management if fronts are set to large doesn't seem to jive with the way MCACC works, not from what I've experienced anyway. Note too that quality of source material, room size, and volume used can make a HUGE difference, esp on entry level amps.
The lower level Pioneers don't have a lot of wattage, and in reviews I've seen comments indicating there's a sharp drop off in audio quality at a certain volume level. This was true on the Pioneer I had ages ago before digital too. My friend and I both have pretty small apartments, so we don't need much volume.Edited by Hi Def Fan - 10/13/12 at 4:22pm