It took a few days to realized how smoothly it blends in with my speakers for music.
But movies....just wow! All I want to do is watch movies with LFE now...I feel like an LFE crackhead!
My experience with the Pro kit is that it is more the 'icing on the cake' than a profound difference in SQ. It is certainly nowhere near the difference from going from XT to XT32. If you use the Target Curve Editor and independent measuring software together, then Pro can make more of a difference as you 'fine tune' it.
I don't know. The main advantages of Pro over regular XT32 are:
Some of those might be expected to give a better calibration in any room including more challenging ones. But I still believe, from my experience, that the differences are subtle. Pro also uses the underlying version of MultEQ in the AVR/AVP, so a Pro calibration on an XT machine does not deliver a result as good as just a regular XT32 calibration without Pro.
It's a difficult call. First off, if you do not have a unit with XT32, then you will get far more difference in SQ by upgrading to XT32. If you already have XT32, then the improvements are subtle. But that doesn’t mean they are not real. Personally, I would not be without Pro simply for the Target Curve Editor and the ability to save and reload prior measurements at will. It does make a difference to SQ, but it is more subtle than the difference between XT and XT32. If I had never have bought my Pro kit I would always have been wondering what I might be missing, and that was another good enough reason for me to buy it.
I'd also consider what else you have done in the quest for improved SQ. If you have not yet applied room treatments (assuming WAF etc permits) then that will bring bigger benefits than moving from XT32 to Pro IMO. I assume your speakers are all you want right now and I know that if you have one or more Submersives, then you are not lacking in that area. If I had to choose between spending 700 bucks on room treatments (and you can do your room a few times over for that money if you DIY them) and 700 bucks on Pro, I would first choose the treatments. If the latter are not an option for you, or you already have them in place, then yes, I personally would buy a Pro kit just for the better mic, the greater flexibility and the ability to save and reload known good calibrations. You will find SQ improvements as I did I am sure. Specifically, I found that Pro made for a noticeable improvement in the integration of the surrounds - the 'bubble' was noticeable better. I may have also noticed improvements in imaging and separation and clarity in the treble - but some or all of those may have been placebo.
I would also say that to get the very best out of Pro you need independent measuring gear like OmniMic or REW. If you have that, then measure the room with XT32 alone, measure again after running Pro and see what you find. I bought Pro before I bought my measuring gear - if I was going back in time, I'd do it the other way around now, based on my experience.
You may care to check out the Pro FAQ, linked in my sig for more info too.
Email Luke at Audyssey. If there is no dealer in your area you can buy the Pro Kit direct from Audyssey. Luke will sort it out for you. His email address is JLoke@audyssey.com
+1. I bought 1 and 3 the other way around and can confirm that your way is much better/more useful.
Maybe, but there are audible and measurable benefits from using Pro too.
True - but many people will take several mic position measurements and then average the result to closer emulate the Audyssey mic positions they used. This is very easy to do with REW.
Also true. As Max and I said earlier, the benefits of Pro are much more subtle than, say the difference between XT and XT32. Your experience confirms what many have said on the Audyssey Pro thread.