I get the part about running Audyssey in Pgm 1 and then switching to Pgm 2 but I don't get bumping the gain. Disclosure, I'm not a "true" bass head, hence why I posted my question as being a philosophical question as opposed to a tech question.
FWIW, I stopped using DEQ or on my system Home Theater EQ; not to be confused with "Dynamic Compression" which is set to "Medium" I found Home Theater EQ took away from the dynamic range of the soundtrack. It's great for television viewing at low levels but in my opinion, ruins a movie soundtrack and takes away the dynamics of the overall feel of the track. It's great for TV, terrible for movie tracks, a pain to turn on and off so now, I leave it off.
FWIW, my level of sophistication hasn't come up to graphing the response of the room or the speakers output. I feel if I'm going hang around, it becomes a requisite. That time will come.
Again, I'm just trying to understand the philosophy behind some of what folks here do. As an example, today I did things without looking (poured water), depending on my hearing to tell me what was happening (when the container was full); sharpening auditory response. Today, I stood outside and with eyes closed, listened to water falling off trees, the bluster of the wind in the treetops and background noises to increase the 3D nature on the auditory system; sound location. In my opinion, familiarity of sound (space) is as important as the reproduction process itself.
Edited by BeeMan458 - 11/21/12 at 9:01am