Originally Posted by comfynumb I tweaked my new pre/pro for a month before I ever ran Audyssey
. After I ran Audyssey I couldn't believe the improvement in sound over my manual settings. Everyone that's ever heard my setup agrees it sounds better with Audyssey on. So I don't get the Audyssey bashing. Many AVR's and pre/pro's come with some form of room correction, even the elite ones. I highly doubt these companies are going to tell you to use it if makes their gear sound worse after running it. It's not a miracle but it does work, and just because some don't like it doesn't make it a crappy product. Hey if you don't like it or it didn't work for you don't use it. As for my setup it sounds much better with Audyssey on, for music and movies.
I have to acknowledge that without some sort of external DSP solution, I would not be able to beat auto-calibration. The way AVRs are designed the options for tweaking are severely limited. I have made a mistake in criticizing room correction outright.
I spent a tremendously long time dialing in the bass in my system, and it is only because of the pro-oriented DSP software in my Crown XTi-2002 that I am able to manually tweak with precision. If I tried the same trick on my AVR, it's clear I would not have as well-balanced bass.
I do use the "standing wave" function in my Pioneer Elite MCACC setup, filling the gap between the subwoofer crossover and the point where room modes stop being an issue. I fall into the "EQ (roughly) up to the Schroeder frequency, but no further" camp.
And as long as I'm offering a bit of mea culpa, I should mention that I was actually on the fence about EQ with my last speakers. It was only when I got these "Monster Clarity HD Model One" speakers that I definitively abandoned EQ, because the darned things really do measure close to flat from the listening position, and offer +/-2dB adjustment for the tweeter, which turns out to be enough to tailor the sound to a room's overall reflectivity. I now use them with the tweeter set to zero adjustment.