Originally Posted by DS-21
They ship with Audyssey MultEQ XT. For $6k MSRP if they were going to stick with Audyssey, they need to include not only\ Audyssey's latest-greatest (XT32) but also Audyssey's Pro kit and a license that allows the user (or installer) to set her/his own target curve, and, importantly, delete the stupid midrange notch Audyssey imposes to make incompetently designed speakers a little more listenable. Their first-tier pre-pro has a better room correction system, albeit one that's reputed to be finicky to to set up.
If i were determined to spend ~$6k for a pre-pro, I'd probably end up with the Anthem AVM50v or whatever they call their second-tier pre-pro. It has a superior room correction package (ARC), similar dynamic loudness compensation (Dolby Volume 'modeler') and so on.
Thanks. (Sorry for the delay -- the holiday season makes it hard to focus sometimes
) I agree with your assessment. I was expecting the Audyssey algorithm to make a dramatic difference, but I find that I turn it off most of the time. The dynamic loudness is more useful, but not perfect.
I guess my main frustration could be remedied if I had some time to just tinker with everything and get it adjusted to my space. I haven't had that but am hoping to do so over the holidays. I just recalled when I purchased my Yamaha amp after school and how it was almost "plug and play" in terms of enjoyment/excitement. It was when DVD was first released and the improvement over my pre-DVD system was noticeable. So now it's 15 years later and I have better components all around but the "wow" factor is just not there. Don't get me wrong, the McIntosh piece is a nice piece but not the cutting edge technology that I thought I was getting.
As I type, I realize I should explain this last statement. My system is still a work in progress and I am still trying to sort through the various sources and ways to optimize the picture and sound. For picture, I realize that the local cable provider is a weak link and hope to move to satellite shortly. I also had a Mc universal disc player in my system briefly and I could see the improvement in picture and sound over my other disc player. Once I get it back, we'll need to reconvene to see if I have anything to add.
Thanks for your take on this. It makes me want to check out the Anthem pieces now. Have a good holiday season.