Originally Posted by music first
Is it just me or is all the ARC computer processing mumbo jumbo a complete turnoff. Why should you need a computer to set up a receiver ? I think I am going to continue enjoying the sound from my middle of the road Yamaha and my Oppo 105 and keep my 2 grand in my pocket. I think this room correction stuff has gone too far. How much processing does music actually need in order to sound good? Why can't you just plug the sucker in, hook it up and enjoy! This is way too complicated. I think for me, down the road, I'll spring for a decent integrated amp. For now, I'm happy with my gear..
Anything below 300-400Hz is your room and it doesn't matter how great your speakers are, or your amplifier, AVR, pre/pro, cables... the room dominates in this frequency range.
There is a very good reason for using a computer to do the mathematics to create the proper digital filters as they have unlimited compute power (for this application) whereas your AVR does not. ARC (with the exception of the JBL Synthesis room correction -- see here
and screen shots
) is the best available IMHO for the average home consumer. If you want to understand why ARC uses a computer, and just how good it is, read this excellent technical article from Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity
by Dr. David Rich.
I also listened to numerous other speakers, full range, and found the result, in single presentation mono (ARC ensures matched levels in and out of the system), and stereo, to be the best I have achieved using an electrical room correction system. Obviously, my subjective observations are somewhat biased by the measured results, and it is those measurements that are, to my knowledge being presented for the first time.
There is also an excellent 2nd article by Dr. Rich on Integrating a Subwoofer with ARC
. Two key things to take away from the subwoofer article:
No other room EQ I have tested is capable of producing a curve with a near textbook shape as ARC has done here.
Many other reviewers have tested ARC-enabled products and provided subjective impressions, so I will provide only a simple observation. Before the Anthem ARC, I had never heard a system with a subwoofer that had not been degraded in the crossover area. To me, this degradation from other room correction systems I have had access to, was far more significant than the extension of the bottom end. I am not the only one who appears to have come to this conclusion. How many equipment reviewers who work in the domain of two-channel music systems are using subwoofers? If these reviewers had access to an Anthem product with ARC, some minds might be changed.