Originally Posted by Roopster
Is it just Audyessy, or is it all types of room correction (ARC, etc)?
Setup last HT in early 1998 with a Yamaha DSP-A3090, Polk Audio RT-20P's tower fronts with powered subs, CS-350 centre and M-5 surrounds. Changed amp to a Denon 3802 in 2001 and stayed with that til Dec 2013, when I sold everything (and moved a number of time zones / continents
I have just picked up a pair of T3's and am currently driving them 2 channel only with the old Yamaha DSP-A3090 HT amp. Will be looking at adding the centre and surrounds in the next couple of months. Am in the market for a new HT unit. Open to a receiver or even a pre/pro setup.
Have been looking at Denon, Yamaha, Marantz, Anthem, Arcam and Emotiva (pre and amps). Just got an Emotiva XPA-3 Gen2 for Christmas. Dying to use it, but also investigating possibility to sell it and get an XPA-5 or XPA-7 (if I go the pre/pro route)
Have always had Denon's, but not happy with the deterioration in build and component quality that D&M Holdings has allowed over the years.
Request for inputs from all my seniors here.
A very confused Roopster
Is it all room corrections? i can only answer to what i have experience with....Denon, Pioneer and Onkyo.
MCAAC is the worst of the 3, Audyssey XT on the Denon 3808 and Xt 32 on my Onkyo 818.
I noticed a big improvement with Audyssey XT32 when i first calibrated. I was happy with the sound.
I tried hooking my T2's up to LFE just to experiment. They sounded far too boomy.
Long story short, Sandy called me at home and helped me out. I took his advice and did what he said.
I then decided i like running the T2's with speaker wire only as recommended in the manual at full range/large. SW yes.
Audyssey, ARC etc do great work at fixing room response with distance and phase etc. Audyssy XT32 added lots of bass to the sub channel in comparison to XT.
A simple analog Radioshack SPL meter was one great purchase. Sandy recommended to me to shut all Audyssey settings off. I then calibrated with the SPL meter to 75 db, 85db on the subwoofer.
This was essentially tweaking a flat setting (Audyssey off) and the results were great. All of my speakers to my ears have better dynamics now. I have to turn up the volume more, but that is ok.
I agree with you on Denon as their build quality has gone to the pooper. I went with Onkyo as i felt their construction was better. I know people say they have issues, mine has been great.
If however, it fails, i am going to most likely move to Anthem. Reasons are sound quality, ARC i hear is incredible at room nulls and i don't use all the fancy surround settings that i have on my Onkyo.
Networking features that are lacking in the Anthem can be done with a bluray player.
Pre/Pro would be cool as well. Yamaha seems to have Aventage 3030 and MX-a 5000 combo for 5k if your thinking pre/pro with all the bells and whistles.