Originally Posted by anwaypasible
it is going to sound crappy because there is no back wall and the left side wall is really far away compared to the right wall being close.
if you are seriously not happy with the result of the auto calibration, you could try 'tricking' the computer by moving the microphone either closer to the right wall or further from it.
remember what the auto calibration is trying to do, it looks at the ringing of the room (the wet) and compares it with the dry direct signal.
(yet, perhaps at a master's level, only the wet signal is analyzed)
audyssey has you place the microphone in more than one listening position?
i look at it simply like a puzzle and there should be a way to trick the processor into getting a better final result .. and moving the microphone is going to be the key for that trick.
(yes.. that means trying to pull the microphone back further away into the back area of the room for the front speakers, simply as the last option)
If he had a rear wall directly behind his seats, he would have the common acoustic issues that go along with placing the seats along that wall. So, I think just the opposite. The larger space, with walls farther away (that can't cause things like early reflections) should provide a better listening environment.
He might have the sub in the worst position, where the result is little bass with no impact. To the OP... Did you try the crawl test?
Do you have the settings on the sub, as well as the receiver set properly? What crossover number are you using?
From looking at the photo's, the obvious potential problems exist with simple speaker placement.
It looks like the center speaker is placed inside a cabinet on a lower shelf, and also pushed back inside the cabinet. You couldn't hide it any better. At least pull it to the front of the shelf. Better yet, place it on the very top shelf, on top of something that will raise it to just below the TV screen...keeping it to the very front edge of the shelf.
Pull the left and right speakers forward, away from the rear wall, and tow them in towards the seats. Towing them in, among other things, will cut down on early first side wall reflections. Make sure that the speaker wires are correct. Having them out of phase will result in little or no dynamic range...no punch.
This is a nice system, capable of providing a convincable sound experience.