Originally Posted by Paulo72
D Bone, I agree with you. I myself tried running my 2700 with the EzSeT/Eq turned off and like it better. The sound is just clearer and the bass punchier. I swapped back and forth with the EQ on/off but now don't use the eq. It just proves the quality of the Harman amp, and how other manufactures use EQ to try to improve the sound. I would not turn the EQ off in my previous Yamaha or pioneer av receivers, terrible sound.
I love the sound in the 2700 un EQ'd, although I still love Dolby Volume for movies and television. Music I leave Dolby Volume turned off. I also ran an SPL Meter, found the distances good and the levels almost spot on, except the sub volume was way off. I also changed the crossover points, they were way off. With my speakers and room I like 60HZ for my JBL 530, 80Hz for my JBL 520C, and 60HZ LPF for my JBL Sub 550P
Now when watching TV (480i) source I run the signal straight to my TV and use an optical cable for the audio to my receiver. I lose the onscreen volume display, but I find the picture better. For Bluray/DVD I find the Video processor ok but I shut it off as my sony bluray does an excellent job upscaling regular DVD's. With BluRay if I close my eyes I feel like I'm in a professional movie theatre. Even DVD's sound very good. Music is on another level compared to Yamaha and Pioneer, just my opinion.
Whenever I turned Audyssey off on my Denon or Onkyo, it immediately sounded like an AM radio........Thin and lifeless. It was staggering how bad they both sounded, and I fully expected the 2700 to have the same results, but I was completely wrong....... It sounds incredible. I am loving the 2700's video processor myself and have left it at the default settings for all inputs, and set my Sony S5100 BD player to output "original resolution" video that was recorded on the disc, so the 2700 is totally responsible for scaling and deinterlacing. I really like the results on 1080i HD TV. I have to be honest, I haven't watched a DVD yet, so I don't know what that looks like.
The Logic 7 just blows me away. All of my HD TV material sounds so much better than with the native DD 5.1. I am watching NHRA Drag Racing as I type this and I just keep smiling as it sounds like I'm at the track. I ended up turning off the front panel since all it shows is the current sound field and source, and since I use "auto select" for my surround modes, I know it's either Logic 7 for PCM or native bitstream for everything else and I love the stealth look of my system.
What made me question EzSet/EQ, was I decided to break out my SPL meter and test disc to check the speaker trims on actual source material and not the internal test tones. Everything was pretty close until I got to the left surround, and not only did the pink noise sound totally different from any other speaker, but the SPL was a whopping 10db lower than any other speaker............10db! I then cycled the pink noise through all 5 speakers rapidly and each speaker had a change in the way the signal sounded from one another, with the left surround sounding the most different. The SPLs of the other 4 speakers were +/-3db from each other, which in my opinion isn't great, but I guess it was passable.
After the processor reset, I used the internal test tone & SPL meter to get all 5 speakers to +/- .5db without issue...........But! The friggin' subwoofer internal test tone was way too loud and I ended up leaving it at the setting that EzSet/EQ chose, and then lowered it 2db to help with a 70hz bass peak. I don't know what the internal subwoofer test tone's issue is, but I did some reading, and I am not the only one who has noticed it on HK's latest receivers over the last couple of years. EzSet/EQ also set all of my speakers 3ft closer than their actual distance. I'm not sure if it really matters, but I feel better knowing that my speakers are now set correctly by me.
All of that being said, the way the 2700 sounds in my room with "just" its amps/DACs is simply amazing! Edited by D Bone - 7/6/13 at 9:55pm