Originally Posted by rdclark
Automatic room correction can help remove the influence of the room on the sound, and can help smooth out interactions between speakers and rooms that compromise neutral response.
Auto Room Correction technically doesn't remove the room's influence - it tries to counteract the room's influence through EQ, Time Delay etc.
IMO the acoustics of the room should be addressed in the physical domain first. This means measuring the room and getting an idea of what frequencies are causing the most harm.
Experiment with placement of the speakers, subwoofer(s), and seating arrangement - Remeasure the room.
Then address these issues with the appropriate physical acoustic devices - i.e. bass traps, acoustic diffusion, absorption panels etc.
With the physical acoustic devices in place take another measurement and see what can be improved by fine tuning all the above.
Repeat this process as needed.
Once the room is dialed in the physical domain - it's time to move to the digital/electrical domain.
Time to run the Auto Room Correction EQ. This will give the finishing touches to your audio/theater system.
From Ideal to less than ideal in descending order:
- Listening Room with acoustic panels/treatment plus Auto Room Correction EQ = Ideal
- Listening Room with Acoustic Panels/treatment only = much better than nothing and still better than just Auto Room Correction with EQ
- Listening Room with Auto Room Correction EQ = much better than nothing
- Listening Room with none of the above = not reaching potential