Originally Posted by Johnla
No they can not.
Look for products with Audyssey MultEQ with two independent subwoofer outputs, And better yet look for products that have the newest Audyssey MultEQ XT32, which also includes Sub EQ HThttp://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...ostcount=32334http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...ostcount=32340http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...ostcount=32343
You should read up a bit on what all the various THX standards and certification actually mean/do. Although THX certification actually means something useful when it comes to certifying amplifiers, as it means the amp will have enough power to operate a certain load. But when it comes to THX certification for things like speakers and wires, that's when having THX certifications don't mean a whole lot. As far as THX and their requirement for dual subs, it was/is to try and achieve a certain performance level as far as LFE playback.
THX certified speaker and Audyssey are in no way even remotely related to each other. And in a eairler comment where you made about that speaker companies should "Surely any speaker manufacturer that builds high end home theater speakers knows the ins and outs of Audessey and likely works that into their designs". OK just what do you think that the speaker manufactures can do, when there is nothing that the speaker manufacturers can or even should be doing special as far as for having Audyssey? Make something special in a speaker design just for Audyssey, and then that speaker may very well totally suck terribly for any AVR or pre-pro that does not have Audyssey capabilities! Basically, Audyssey is a software room correction, that after taking measurements it tries to make adjustments with the AVR/Pre-pro to over come faults of both rooms and speakers. With all rooms and also all speakers being different, and with countless numbers of different rooms, room setups, speakers, speaker setups, scenarios. Just how could a speaker manufacturer work anything into their speaker design to do as far "in's and outs" as for what Audyssey actually does? And when you also said "But I still argue that 2 subs should not freak out Audessey", well on older version of Audyssey, it won't "freak out". But it most likely also won't set them up properly either and they can even end up sounding terrible, unless you add some manual help to the setup of dual subs on older versions of Audyssey like what you have with your Onkyo 885 Pre-pro and also your 875 AVR.
I completely disagree with you
Perhaps you should read up on what the THX ultra standard is for speakers
There are all types of things as speaker array and SPL capabilities of subwoofers
Your statement makes me think you are not familiar with the THX standard for speakers
If you don't think its important..be it speaker, amp, preamp, or receiver...thats your personal choice..but I assure you there are standards for all of them
Not that every good piece is THX ultra certified anymore...the best of the best.. such as Classe etc seemed to have dropped the certification as the panache has dropped as the certification is now on a lot of mass produced components...so in essence it doesn't carry the clout it did a decade ago
In regard to room correction....there has been room correction of several different types for nearly a decade
Its not a new science...so you say that those that build some of the most expensive home theater systems out there don't relate/acknowledge it?
I find that interesting considering a couple of conversations I had with an Atlantic Technology engineer when I first bought an Audessey equipped piece
He seemed to be quite versed on how that system worked with Atlantic technology systems and also had some hints that were audio brand component specific
I wonder how that is if they never relate to these software programs......and Yamaha and Pioneer have their own proprietary systems
And btw this Audessey room correction..IMO..is not the end all. The Pioneer and Yamaha systems are very good as well and I have extensive experience with them as well.
I have a Pioneer Elite Sc07....its room correction technology..I find..is about the same as the Audessey...or put another way perhaps it just sounds a lot better than the 875 so its taking up the slack it loses in room correction
I full have a full THX ultra home theater...minus the cables..
in my family room
It was calibrated on the PRSC885 with Audessey etc...However I have heard another system with a combination of McIntosh, Classe and Thiel...balanced with an old school SPL meter that puts mine to shame...
Moral of the story...you can have the Audessey etc you want and 10 subs.
Its the quality of the pieces that are going to make the biggest difference
I think my system sounds really good...for home theater especially. For music these 875/876/PRSC885/PRSC886...are not that good at all
But hey I guess that why you buy the Anthem statement right?
And I asked the question earlier
what do you have?