Originally Posted by gbaby
I have owned the SMS-1 since it was introduced, and I'll be the first to admit that I really never knew how to use it so I disconnected it from my Arcam AV9 as well as the Bryston SP3.
Does that mean you did not try the "3-2-1" automatic setup mode? If not, it might still be worth a try, assuming the sub is not severely disadvantaged by room issues. I had a nice sub (Aerial SW12) and all sorts of EQ, but it was all for naught in my room/seating situation. Not until I went with multiple subs did I get enjoyable results.
If a flat bass response reproduces the same result as a calibrated television then I pass. A calibrated television, to me, is too dark and the colors very muted. On some channels the calibration makes the television picture look worst. I can imagine the same result with a flat bass response; some material will sound great others not so great.
I would not try to deal with the TV issues. But I can say that the reason we want smooth, uniform frequency response in a subwoofer is so that it simply represents what's in the source uniformly. There are folks who have lived with their room's 40 Hz peak, and then when presented with "accurate" bass feel like the fun has been removed. That takes some time to re-acclimate, but eventually one finds that all sorts of other bass notes are now in evidence that were obscured before. And of course with the right EQ system, one can still juice up the bottom as one likes.
I am no longer striving for perfection (a subjective term indeed) in sound but an overall pleasant and immersive sonic experience that does not give me listener's fatigue. With the SP3, this is the first time ever I have been completely satisfied with the overall sound of my equipment. Maybe one day I may experiment with the SMS-1 again. But, for now I feel no compelling reason to do so. I't rather listen to my music, movies, concerts and soundtracks. To me, the overall sonic experience trumps the lack of EQ on the Bryston SP3.
If removing the SMS improves the result, then by all means do so. And if you are happy, what else matters?