Originally Posted by AnthemOwner
Thanks for the reply. My room is not ideal - its an open concept floor plan that opens to the kitchen. The room itself is about 16x24, all in wall and in ceiling speakers. Thanks for the explanation of what the Max EQ will do (or intends to do) with the sound. I'll try lowering mine (which is at 5k) to see if it integrates the Sub better. In general, the sound stage is not smooth. It just feels like I'm sitting in a speaker rather than the speakers creating depth. Not sure if that makes sense but its a hard concept to explain.
My home theater is in a family room attached to a kitchen in a big "L" shaped open floor plan. Definitely not ideal. The family room part is 14.5 x 23 with 9 foot ceilings... not identical to your situation though it likely has some of the same challenges.
Re: soundstage not smooth / localized to a speaker... I suspect lots of us have been there. In my room, there were a couple of things that made all the difference.
- Room arrangement: MLP about 20% of room length in from the back wall, L/C/R channels in about 20% from the front wall. That's about 4' of space behind the TV and L/C/R.
- Acoustic treatment. There are 4 GIK Acoustics tri-traps and 2 GIK Acoustics bass traps deployed. It wasn't possible to treat the first reflection point on side walls, unfortunately.
- Speaker placement tweaking. Placement is pretty close to Dolby guidance. From the MLP, the L/R channels are just over 22 degrees out from center. L/R are aimed about 4 feet behind the MLP. My sub was already in a good spot so that was the easy part. Eliminating obstructions between the front 3 and the MLP was more difficult and required spouse buy-in.
- ARC. This gave seamless sub integration.
My soundstage is now wide and deep, and not audibly anchored to the speakers.
Back to Max EQ... Getting this tuned can require some experimentation. With my old speakers, 11K (really!) was pretty good. With new speakers, a much lower value is best. The ARC report shows my room has a small room issue at about 450 Hz and the speakers are pretty flat above that. Picking 500 Hz for max EQ has worked pretty well but it's room and speaker dependent.
And BTW Delija's explanation (above) re: the impact of Max EQ being too high is what I also experienced with my current speakers.