Originally Posted by Typhoon859
I'm still not so clear on this functionality. It seems like it would actually do more harm than good. I don't have a THX subwoofer but from its general purpose, I don't see how that matters. I sit 10" from the back wall and 9.25' from the TV and fronts (which are against the front wall). Also, my two subwoofers are pretty much up against the wall (1-5" off). The approximate size of the room is 1,945 cubic feet. From the official brief description I read, it's recommended for 10' away from the screen in a room 2,000 square feet. That just about fits the bill but it probably less relevant. So anybody have any further ideas?
Also, is Loudness Plus worth to put on? It sounds to me like something that messes with the true nature of whatever possible mixture. It sounds to me like unbalanced added volume to surround speakers and dynamic compression which might work but, I just find the principle of that retarded. Is this something else? Thanks again!
IDK much about loudness plus. To the extent it's really a "loudness" feature, it is intended to give you the perceived spectral balance that you'd have listening at "reference" (known for movies, utterly unknowable for music) when you listen quieter than that. As you turn down, the equal loudness curves demonstrate that the bass and high treble get subjectively quieter faster. SO at -20 dB from reference, the midrange sounds great but the bass sounds like it's been turened down 40 dB compared to midrange) and the very highs are slimilarly slighted. Compensating for that is an okay thing, but whether you need or like the partiular implementation is entirely up to you to decide and IMO, while I like what the Audyssey version does, I cannot bring myself to tell somwebody who hates it that they're "wrong."
To the extent its intended to control dynamics, it does indeed do some compression (and raise low levels into audibilty in a way different from a classical compressor) and that can be useful if you're listening quietly or have music strictly for background. Some of these things are pretty doggone transparent, at least at "lighter" settings, to my ears. But there are rare times when I can hear Audyssey's Cynamic VOlume "pumping" just like an old school compressor, and when at its heavier-duty settings, it dies affect apparent spectral abalance. If it's a minor change and allows me to watch a movie without my SO freaking out over the loud parts (DynVol on "day") it's reasonable compromise. But if I'm watching.listening seriously, at closer to reference levels, I leave the dynamic processing off . . . . It's great in appropriate cases for making the too-quiet audible and keeping huge explosions from causing divorce papers to appear at your doorstep, though.