Originally Posted by thrang
I have yet to re-run Audyssey (I loathe that step...) Is this critical? Should I use the Fathom 113 ARO internal calibration (as I have), or should it be bypassed?
Audyssey, SMS-1 and ARO. Hmmmmm...... so many EQ's... so little time.
I have the same "issue" as you. I have an Onkyo 885 pre/pro with Audyssey MultEQ XT, (what version of Audyssey do you have?), an SMS-1 and dual JL F112's with ARO. After much experimentation I have decided to remove the SMS-1, turn off the ARO's and just let Audyssey MultEQ XT be the sole EQ for my system.
1). Daisy-chaining multiple EQ's seems like a bad idea.
2). The SMS-1 can only EQ in the frequency domain and it can only EQ one listening position, (and it can make other LP's worse.)
3). ARO is only one band of EQ if I use the Master/Slave arrangement, or 2 bands, 1 for each F112, if I use the peer to peer arrangement.
Audyssey EQ's both subs together, as if they were one. It EQ's in the frequency *and* the time domains. It EQ's for multiple listening positions and it has higher resolution than the SMS-1. It doesn't have the SMS-1's OSD and there is no way to manually "tweak" the response. However, to my ears, Audyssey does a better job, especially at reducing the ringing of the bass in my room. The bass is tighter, cleaner and it has more "definition" than with the SMS-1, (which was a significant improvement over no EQ at all.)
My suggestion is to run Audyssey with the SMS-1 and ARO off. Then compare the sound of the system EQ'd by the SMS-1 and EQ'd by Audyssey MultEQ XT. I would be interested to see which you prefer. (I am assuming you have Audyssey MultEQ XT. Some of the older versions of Audyssey did not have the bass EQ capability of the MultEQ XT version. If you have an older version of Audyssey, then your SMS-1 will be the preferred method of EQ'ing the bass.)