Not sure how you can have the 8801 calibrated without Audyssey and still call the 8801 calibrated by whoever!
was it via the graphic eq?
Or some outboard DRC?
Or did they install room acoustic treatments and manual settings entered for you?
Sibilance...from the sides and rear speakers. Too much, too harsh, to the point of being annoying. My system (speakers, amplification, placement) has not been altered for years. I have only changed out my Lexicon MC-4 processor for the new Marantz 8801. I believe this is a preamp thing and not an Audyssey thing. Although it is worse with Audyssey on because it tends to augment the higher frequencies . I enjoy music concerts, and this is most notable on multichannel recordings (5.1 DD or 5,1 DTS or True HD). When the source is two channel, I can tease some of this out with the limited center width and field depth controls. I have mentioned from day one that I wish this thing had user controls to rolloff the high frequencies of the surrounds and alter the delays to the surrounds on a per music algorithm basis. This is by far my number one complaint with the 8801 and has grown as I have had more time to listen to familiar DVD and Blu Ray concerts that I'm quite familiar with. Recordings that were done in a very live environment (ie a stadium) are the worst. I am totally distracted from the music hearing "S's" and cymbals come crashing thru my surround channels a millisecond from the source.
Example: The Moody Blues with orchestra. I don't want to hear every "S" and "t" the singer utters come at me from the sides, when the guy's supposed to be up at the front of the room! I don't want to see the drummer playing at the front of the room, but the cymbals surround me as though my head is between them!
The problem is not due to incorrect distance measurements...Audyssey got all of those exactly right. It is not due to some reflective surfaces in my room, or frequency response disturbances in my speakers. Tne room and the speakers are constants, I haven't changed them for years! It is simply a matter of the music algorithms extracting and sending to the side (and rear) speakers this information that should be rolled off to extinction. The reason I am posting this is not to emphasize that Lexicon's Logic 7 produced multichannel music more naturally (it did), but that reading through so many pages of comments about the 8801, I feel a bit incredulous that I am not finding this issue mentioned by others. Maybe there's a way to tame the shrew, but I doubt it. That's why I've been harping for adjustable H.F. rolloff and delay and individual relative level tweaks for the surrounds, on a per music algorithm basis. I think it would fix this issue that apparently only I am experiencing. I will love Marantz, if they come up with a download that does as I suggested, or else a reworked logic for music. This has got zero chance of happening if I'm the only person with this complaint. (Obviously, I must be hallucinating! Or at the very least, don't have my system set up correctly. Right? Wrong! Otherwise, I am seriously beginning to consider selling an otherwise nice product and reverting back to Logic 7, sans HDMI connections and True HD algorithms.
Anyone else out there annoyed as I am with this particular problem?? I'd love to hear from you, especially if you have found a remedy. I realize that criticizing this wonderful toy on this forum like this is not going to make me "Mr popular" here, but this is an issue, in my opinion, far less subtle than some of the barely audible variances discussed ad nauseum in other endless threads..