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Is Audyssey worth anything in a 3.1 setup?

post #1 of 8
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I've never used Audyssey or similar systems to configure a receiver for speaker setup. But in the next few months I will be setting up my living room with a new TV and sound system in 3.1. Looking at receivers reviews, etc I see forums about versions of Audyssey and the like compared and how much they can (or can't) help with sound setup in a room.

My living room is 12x20, with tv and speakers on one end of the room lengthwise, huge window on one wall, and all the other regular living room things. I'm not messing around with full surround in this room but I like 3.1 because it still gives me a lot of play for pulling dialog out of way-too-loud effects and such.

I assume that Audyssey would be useful since it doesn't just help with speaker levels and distance but also the EQ (if I read correctly). Is this a feature I should consider when looking at receivers? Is it over hyped? Or should I just set a few basic settings manually and not concern myself with it?
post #2 of 8
I am running a 3.0 set up in my bedroom with a MULTEQ equipped receiver. Sounds much better to me with audyssey enabled. With out it everything sounds this and lifeless.
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I'd say yes Audyssey will make a big difference. I use it and will always use it.
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Originally Posted by 67jason View Post

I am running a 3.0 set up in my bedroom with a MULTEQ equipped receiver. Sounds much better to me with audyssey enabled. With out it everything sounds thin and lifeless.
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The auto distance and levels are just tiny extras, IMO, and the meat of Audyssey is correction of the way the room affects the sound from the speaker. So if you have one or more speakers in a room, it's worth using. Worked great with 2.1 and 4.1 when that's what I had.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies. I figured it was probably pretty decent. I just wasn't sure if I should make it a priority. But most of the receivers I'm looking at for other features seem to have this built in anyway!
post #7 of 8
I have a 2.0 setup with my TV (just left and right towers by the TV).
The setup is optimal for TV placement but not for speaker placement.
Audyssey cleans up the bass a fair amount.
Don't expect miracles, but it can definitely be helpful.
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Originally Posted by tbusby007 View Post

I assume that Audyssey would be useful since it doesn't just help with speaker levels and distance but also the EQ (if I read correctly).
That is correct, and EQing is the most important part of what Audyssey does. Dialing in speaker distances and levels is something you can easily do with a cheap SPL meter and measuring tape. What's not as easy for us consumers to do is measure the frequency response to discover problems (peaks and dips) and correct them using an equalizer. That's where Audyssey really helps, by minimizing the room's unwanted contributions, so you hear less of your room and more of what's on the disc. And that's helpful no matter how many speakers you'll be listening to. Definitely a feature worth considering when looking for receiver.
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