Originally Posted by F4Boy
Congrats S&W! Just looked at that receiver and it's very impressive looking and spec'd very nicely. Enjoy my friend!! If you have the time, talk about the sound the Ultra Tower's are producing now. Any details would be great. What you're listening to and the things you find remarkable as well as any shortcomings. With all the wonderful new euipment, you must be in heaven!
I had a really nice and long reply which i typed out on my phone but somehow it got deleted. Ill try and cover all the same bases as the one i lost.
I'm pretty happy with the 1522k. It's one hell of a deal($1,700 msrp) $630 out the door at Costco. I don't think there is any modern receiver with this many features that can touch this price. It's also has a class D amp which is kind of cool. I'm really enjoying MCACC. It may or may not be as good as audessy but having the ability to mod your own EQ without losing other room correction features and being able to switch to 6 different eq/room correction profiles on the fly is priceless. Sure, my sub doesn't get any EQ treatment with MCACC but THX BGC does wonders! Both Audessy and MCACC sounded flat and bright in stock trim...thats the beauty of MCACC. Dont like the way it sounds? Mess with it your hearts content. On to the speakers...
I had the opportunity to do a little bit of everything this weekend. Gaming, movie, TV and music.
Disclaimer: I'm use to the 7.2 surround sound system in my HT and I'm new to listening to stuff in stereo(2.1 in this case). It's not really a fair comparison but its all I have.
I'll start with what I wasn't super impressed with and end with what I was impressed with.
I watch James Bond Goldfinger in bluray with my girlfriend last night. I wasn't very impressed. Maybe it's because it's an old movie that's been transferred to bluray. It looked great but didn't sound that great. To my surprise I heard some sibilance. I'm hoping it was just the movie and not the speakers. Ill have to watch a modern movie in bluray or HD to investigate further but right now I think it may be the source.
I played some old school Call of Duty World at War. It sounded ok as well but not amazing. Again, games and movies are meant to be played on 5.1+ systems(IMO, I think most people would agree).
This setup did pretty well with TV. The ultras imaged well. Voices sounded like they were coming from the screen. These speakers have a great sound bubble for TV. Off axis listening is still good.
Ill finish with a very positive note. I will be the first to tell you I am not a fan of country music. You could say I hate it. However, it's my girlfriends favorite genre so I let her play some of her favorite songs off her MacBook Air(256 AAC I presume).
I was really impressed. For the first time ever I could actually listen to country without running away. Voices were very detailed and string instruments had great texture. I tried out the stereo listening mode using one of my custom MCACC profiles and pure direct. To my surprise pure direct sounded better. On pure direct the imaging improved significantly and the music seemed more transparent and live. The reason I was surprised is because I usually don't like pure direct as it sounds too bright and flat. Ill have to do more experimentation, I have a feeling that pure direct will only sound better with certain types of music, but it's worth noting.
I want to remind everyone that my listening room is not optimal. The ultras are probably feeling pretty claustrophobic. I once listened to some $15,000 B&W 802s powered by some Macintosh amps. I wasn't as blown away as I thought I would be. Reason? The room they were in. I'm sure they would have done much better in an optimal room.
It may sound like I'm being really hard on the Ultras...and I am a bit. I'm fairly picky and it's hard to wow me. I'm still very happy with my purchase and can't wait to explore my new setup more.
Edit: I accidentally activated my phones speech to text function while i was talking to a friend so there was some random words and sentences inserted into my post before. My apologies.