Mostly a very good interview. I've experienced Hales' ProAudioTech products in more than one occasion, and all lengthly listening sessions. I've linked to these sessions and products in many threads here at AVS. They employ the highly regarded two-way compression driver of BMS, and their cab build quality is superb.
Originally Posted by Reddig
High sensitivity speakers and clean high power is the only way to experience reference level theater like dynamics at home.
Absolutely correct. The crest factor associated with many effects is quite demanding, experiencing these effects reproduced correctly, realistically, is exciting and contributes to the immersive component significantly.
Originally Posted by Reddig
BTW Scott I was very surprised you didn't know QSC made speakers. Come on Bro!!
Really ... I was surprised too
Originally Posted by sdurani
Hales' problem with the system that had bass so smooth and consistent from seat to seat that it was no longer directional seems to be a case of the crossover set too high. If he wanted the drum whacks to be heard from the front speakers rather than the subwoofers, setting the crossovers lower would have kept those sounds in the L/C/R speakers rather bass managing them into a mono subwoofer feed. I don't see how he can blame improved seat to seat consistency and/or smoother low frequency response.
This anecdote was odd, and somewhat out of place. The psychoacoustic cues that contribute to this effect are well understood. Associating the visual cue with the visceral hit is a function of both time/signal alignment, and Xover/filtering.
Originally Posted by jh901
I'd be surprised to find that active EQ is a net positive for HT.... The question then, is whether or not a practical, real world HT benefits from Audyssey.
In my opinion, Aud XT32, and the positive manner in which it addresses the response below the transition freq, out-weighes the theoretical mistake of EQ'ing the non-minimum phase range.
Originally Posted by toddRiffic
Maybe this explains why I seem to like audyssey better when I calibrate a single position... because It's doing less?.
I'm no Audyssey expert, I never read that section of the forum, but doesn't the multi-position measuring Audyssey uses attempt to differentiate between room effects and the native response of the loudspeaker above the transition frequency?
Originally Posted by randyc1
A FEW YEARS BACK , ANOTHER VERY KNOWLEDGABLE MEMBER CALLED "SAC" ON THE (HTS) FORUM HAD THE SAME THOUGHT,.. ABOUT NOT BEING A GOOD IDEA TO "EQ" OVER 250HZ, ...i HAD EVEN POSTED A THREAD ASKING THAT VERY QUESTION !
The science involved is nothing new. EQ'ing minimum phase issues is prudent, and non-minimum phase issues is theoretically fraught with problems.