Originally Posted by batpig
People in HT say "turn all the extras off!" because of a purist mentality. It's one thing if you have a dedicated, custom built HT room with a low noise floor and good sound isolation and you can turn it up to a comfortably loud level without any restrictions. If that's the case, you probably don't need anything "dynamic".
But in the real world, people have living room setups, they have sleeping wives (or wives who don't like loud explosions), they have crappy noise floors because it's a mixed use space, etc.
So it's really a red herring to say "turn all the extras off!" because it's assuming a context which isn't actually the case for many situations. Audyssey's "dynamic" features solve specific problems, so if you don't have those problems then there's nothing wrong with using them. Dynamic EQ solves the problem of reduced bass / immersion at lower volumes (solved by boosting the frequency response + surround levels) and Dynamic Volume solves the problem of excessive volume swings (you turn it up to hear the dialogue than run for the remote to turn it down when the explosions start because you don't want to be yelled at).
Not everyone has a "reference" theater, so it's senseless to follow recommendations that were designed for an environment that you don't actually have.
I think I have all setting to my liking now. Home theater sounds magnificent!
I'd really like some improvement on vinyl though. And it may just be the limits to a system like this for playing vinyl.
I've experimented with each sound mode type and Dolby surround seems to sound best. I tried two channel, since this is what vinyl records are designed for, but it doesn't sound as good to me, quality wise and room-filling wise.
Previously, before getting the RC-10s I used 5 Channel Stereo with vinyl. It just sounded better and fuller with the small, RC-minis.
One problem I notice is that it seems like the RC-Mini Center Channel speaker is doing the brunt of the work, even when using the "Center spread" option. I'd prefer the RC-10s to be taking over the reigns more so since they are a better speaker.
Yet, again just 2 channel doesn't sound that good.
I could likely adjust my system to sound better with vinyl but that would mess up my near-perfect preferred settings I have for Home Theater. Also digital music (Pandora etc.) sounds really good.
I have a Fluance RT-81 turntable. Worth mentioning that it may be time to change the cartridge. I have had it since 2016 but it doesn't appear to be degrading.