Great post Nyal,...and of particular interest to me for sure.
I'm currently contemplating my management options for fully optimizing my new mains with two dual opposed sealed subs, combined with an IB sub. I've not settled on my loudspeaker management processor, I checking out many options, however I'm looking hard at the dbx 260 (2x6). I've got to decide which avenue soon, as I was just notified today of my pending order shipping status. I'm most likely picking up a new pre-pro too (the 80.3), and it'll have Audyssey XT32. I'll certainly dabble w/Audyssey (albeit w/measured verification). However, with decades of FOH experience, I'm not averse to as much knob twisting (mouse clicking
) as it takes to get this right with whatever outboard processor I opt to go with.
You're absolutely right, Audyssey has a place in this industry. It's brought much awareness, and some good measure of optimization to untold number of individuals that otherwise wouldn't be so inclined. As you state, it's manipulation is best suited below the transition, and when blending two subs with some mains it really gets the enthusiast much closer than they otherwise would be merely flying blind. You touched on a much misunderstood topic, minimum phase, when and whys and caveats of EQ'ing above the transition, so good stuff there. It seems Audyssey's flagship processing has been out for a while, I'd suspect they may release the next latest greatest sometime soon. But admittedly, I don't follow their status, nor do I have any idea of which I speak
, just sayin' it would seem their product cycle dictates something new....
BTW; are you familiar with Xilica loudspeaker management? Mark Seaton wanted me to check them out while I perused the marketplace for my needs.