Originally Posted by Dgreen97
The way audyssey is hyped you would think it works miracles but that wasn't the case for me and apparently a lot of other people. Makes me wonder why I bought this denon then and if I should just get a pioneer elite with MCACC. I liked the results of MCACC a lot better, the basic version even, when I had the vsx 532. It was much much easier to setup and you didn't need to read tons of documentation just to figure out how to get the best results so I don't know what's up with audyssey but apparently its not just plug and play.
I'm not sure where Audyssey is hyped other than in Audyssey's own marketing materials. At one time, you might have encountered a lot of hype on this thread, but I think that has largely subsided now. I believe that most of us who hang out on this thread are aware of Audyssey's strengths, and are also aware that it is definitely not just plug-and-play for many people. Of course, some people actually do get lucky on their very first try with Audyssey.
Based on my reading of the thread, over a period of about 8 years, the great majority of people who try Audyssey find it helpful. I would put that percentage as high as 90% or higher. (It should be noted that some people who don't like the basic theory of automated room correction have never actually tried Audyssey and are just reacting to it's theoretical attributes.) But, there have been a number of instances where people who are experienced with Audyssey have simply not been able to get it to work well for their specific rooms and audio systems.
I don't know that anyone on this thread would consider Audyssey a miracle worker, but the fact is that in the great majority of cases, where someone is having a problem getting Audyssey to help, rather than to hurt with the sound, there are speaker set-up issues or calibration technique issues responsible for that. For the majority of people I have seen willing to make a time investment with Audyssey, it can be an effective way to improve the overall sound quality in a home theater or audio system, and particularly for bass frequencies. Again, I would estimate that number at around 90% or higher.
But, if you are looking for somebody to tell you that you are wrong to want a simpler system, such as the Pioneer you had, which doesn't do much but which also doesn't require any learning curve or time investment, then I can't do that. I think that everyone has to decide for himself what his audio priorities are, how much effort he is willing to invest, and whether or not he is getting the results he wants from something like Audyssey. People on this thread have a history of always being glad to help with Audyssey-related issues. But, most of us don't want to try to convince other people that they should use Audyssey no matter what, or like Audyssey no matter what.
To me, Audyssey is just a tool. Like many tools, we get out of it what we put into it. And, also like many tools, it is not always going to be the proper tool for every job. Whether or not to use it, or to invest time in it, is something that only the individual user can decide. I know that you were partly blowing-off steam, but there are always a number of people silently reading along on these owner threads and I thought that a more comprehensive response might be helpful.
If you want some help with Audyssey, you can certainly find it here. But, if you decide to go back to a Pioneer, I don't think that anyone here will try to talk you out of it. Frankly, the "fan-boy" owner's threads leave me kind of cold, anyway. This is all just my personal perspective on the issue, though, so someone else may have an entirely different point of view.