Originally Posted by Bill-99
I called a local AV dealer to talk about speakers their company carries (
) and we started talking about the problem in more detail. He suggested that adjusting the center channel volume on select disks might help. Huh! Good idea. After hanging up, I also realized that I hadn't tried upping treble. A couple of quick tests showed that these changes can help with some disks.
My current opinion is that this is predominantly a production values issue. It occurs too frequently with blu ray disks, but it also occurs with TV. All I can think of doing is calling out the bad players in reviews.
Mind, I'm still going to listen to some speakers. Just in case.
I put in a good 6 hours last night of testing on multiple familiar scenes, and I think I've arrived at what I think works best for my room. I looked for scenes that had a lot of surround detail, others with big sound, others that were indoor/outdoor dialog, and still others that had music both soft and prominent in the background. I put them through all the paces with all sorts of combinations on my Anthem 60.
One of the difficult factors to work through is that when you turn off ARC, you initially hear a "fuller" sound, but a big percentage of that difference lies in just the volume jump of having ARC turned off. You have to bump up the volume by 3-4 dB with ARC on to get a fair comparison, and when you do, that difference largely falls away. So what's better?
First off, I think the differences are pretty small if you have a symmetrical dedicated room like I have. But there are differences, and some benefit each in different ways.
My conclusion: I feel like the best sound I was able to achieve across multiple scenes as a whole was with ARC max EQ set to 250 Hz (Schroeder) with a +3 applied to the room gain measurement after measurement and before calculation, AND adding a +2 in the treble on the Anthem remote. I also re-leveled my speakers with an SPL to 75 dB after running and applying ARC.
That last change, the treble, brought the dynamics back into the room that seemed slightly dampened with ARC on. I chose to ignore the dip at 500 Hz because, frankly, I can't hear anything in content that demonstrates it. However, with ARC off, there are some blu rays that get boomy on the low end with ARC off completely, so I can definitely see the value of using room correction for that low end. Some discs don't need it, but many do.
Otherwise, the Anthem 60 is such a good processor, it simply doesn't need that much help beyond those tweaks, IMO.