So my impressions of the AVM 60... now that I've had a bit more time to live with this unit I'm seriously impressed.
For music, I think this unit excels in a few areas. Primarily it could be summarized by saying the unit gets out of the way. Or, it commits no sins of commission. More specifically I think relative to my Onkyo
AVR it is more dynamic, it is more detailed, and ARC is doing wonders for the frequency response. I set the cutoff at 500 Hz (something you can't do with Audyssey, MCACC, YPOA, etc. this level of control
is limited to ARC and DIRAC to the best of my knowledge), so I'm living with my speaker/room interaction above that but I'm using it to correct the lower midrange and bass. And it does a great job. I still want some room treatments but ARC is so clearly superior to Audyssey.
For movies, the story is more of the same but, while the clarity and dynamics certainly stand out, the bass is so much better than before. I played a couple demo scenes and the bass just feels so much more impactful without sounding overtly louder... just better. Like REALLY good.
This was a big purchase for me. Moving from a $1000 AVR to a $2000 (used) amp and $3000 pre/pro was a big jump. If I didn't think this unit was a large improvement, I'd return it and go for something like the Marantz
7xxx unit that is more along the lines of one of their AVRs with the amps removed. That won't be happening. I can tell you now I'll be keeping this unit.
So the other thing I mentioned is AnthemLogic. For the music version, what it does from my understanding is it derives surround channels from the source similar to DPL IIx but it doesn't add any echos or delays (Anthem is explicit and adamant about this) and it cuts the sound coming out of the rear speakers
significantly so they end up providing a sense of width and depth to the front soundstage. There is (in my setup at least) absolutely NO sense that there is even any sound coming from the surround speakers
. In addition, unlike DPL IIx Anthem does not derive a center channel. The only speakers playing are the main L/R and either two or four surrounds depending on your setup. Its an interesting effect. I wanted to say subtle but its actually quite a significant effect. I think the reason subtle came to mind is because of what I said earlier... its so skewed towards just enhancing the stereo imaging with no delays to add "ambiance".
I'm listening to Strike a Deep Chord right now. Its a blues album
that was put out with some of the proceeds going to help the homeless. Its a really great album. It sounds ****ing fantastic. I seriously can't believe what I'm hearing. Grinning ear to ear.
My only remaining beef is that ARC uses a computer to measure (using a specifically calibrated USB mic) and calculate all of adjustments. The software only runs on Windows which is irritating in this day and age, especially considering how simple the software is. If REW has an OSX version so could ARC.