Originally Posted by MasterAudio
I had just picked up the Denon AVR-X3300W the other day. To summarize quickly, I'm in a very small oddly shaped room, but have always seem to get what I like out of my receivers as far as sound goes. I also understand that the saying "whatever sounds best to you" is usually the way to go, but that didn't mean I wasn't going to give Audyssey a shot.
Anyways, I had run Audyssey and then afterwards played my Atmos demo disc and I couldn't believe as to how it sounded. It was muddled, dry and flat (sounding far worse than my previous receiver) The higher frequencies were rolled off way too much for my taste and the lower frequencies were more like midrange frequencies. I had decided to try all three difference Audyssey modes and didn't enjoy any of them, so that's when I turned it off entirely and decided to mess around with the graphic EQ and I'm definitely enjoying it a lot more.
My questions are...Am I making a huge mistake not using Audyssey? Does Audyssey's measurements, speaker distance and speaker level still come into play, (leaving out the Audyssey curve of course) when the graphic EQ is being used?
I also had similar results... No matter what I did..
I tried this for mic readings..
I put it at the center seat, ear height..
Ran the audyssey for only 3 readings .. Then after 3rd reading, told it I was done...
The 3 positions all remained at the center seating position.. I did not touch the mic...
When room eq was done, I turned off dynamic volume, and any bass enhancing etc..
Put all speakers to small and kept the distance and levels as was set by audyssey..
I put audyssey to FLAT settings, and bingo, sounded awesome, lively, and clean..
Now when comparing audyssey eq from flat to off, the flat was sweeter sounding at the same time smoother...
No muffled soinds or dead sound stage..
Prior to this, i tried all mic layouts. With 8 readings..
They 99% of time sounded like you described... I was at the point of turning off audyssey..
No longer... ☺️