Does turning the fan on and off give you a pleasing old school Leslie Speaker effect?
I prefer my rotating speakers to be functional for the type of duty they can excel at.
I just upgraded from a Denon 2809 (MultiEQ XT) to a Denon 4311 (MultiEQ XT32). I'm using these with Canton Ergo speakers, currently just a front pair. These speakers are manufacturer speced for a frequency range of 26Hz - 40kHz, and unlike most manufacturer claims I'm inclined to believe that (may be -6dB though). Although probably more efficient, a subwoofer isn't really required with these.
The 2809 I had set up with XT + Dynamic Volume and used for a few years and have been very happy with the results. First, it sounds good subjectively, and second, it matches the output I hear from reasonably high end Sony reference headphones I bought long ago, and any other good quality system out there.
I calibrated the 4311 with the included mic, doing the same things I did with the 2809. Checked the parameters, all looked good - large/full-range speakers, no crossover, plausible distance, etc. Saved, enabled Dynamic Volume, explicitly switched to Day mode.
Played a TV show... hmm.. sounds off. Volume levels on both receivers were set to relative, and a normal listening volume on the 2809 is about -33dB, while on the 4311 I needed to be at about -45dB. I thought that this was something Audyssey was supposed to calibrate...? But even with trying to match the volume level, the TV program just sounded way off.
Switched to some music I know well. Okay, I see the problem. Wait. Where's the bass? Played a little more... definitely... it's like my bass is just gone.
Double-checked the configuration parameters - no, it didn't set me to small speakers, or a cross-over frequency. Maybe a dud measurement session? So I went through the whole setup again, checked params again, tested again. Same result.
After fiddling with the menus, I found a blocky graph of the Audyssey paremeter curves it's applying. It's definitely attenuating my bass excessively. There's a little more than -10dB drop at what looks like 80Hz and again at 100Hz. The bass end of the curve is pretty heavy on the attenuation.
Double checked the FAQ to see if I did something wrong, and I don't think I am. Audyssey XT32 / 4311 is deciding to destroy my low-frequency response, and it sounds totally awful. Same room, XT / 2809 did a great job.
Can anyone offer any suggestions as to how I can go about fixing this? Other than the Audyssey Pro kit, what can I do if I can't get the built-in measurement / computations to come up with a sane result on their own?
Without some more messing around, I would say that perhaps for the first time the sub range is actually "smooth." Try listening to it the new way for a week or two and see if you adjust to it. I have trouble enjoying "flat" response, so I usually boost my subs a good bit to compensate. Dead flat to me just isn't quite enough "kick" as you say you are missing right now.