Good Morning Vince. IMHO, the pending app will become a big deal. I have customers who have absolutely no intentions of ever buying it for $20 (I think that is a mistake). For me at least, the app is worth a lot of $$'s. I'd pay $300 for it in a heartbeat let alone $20. To illustrate that, you will see a lot of people buying a Dirac - miniDSP's and using it with 8802a's and other prepros. A big part of that is for the ability to customize (target curves etc), ignore EQ on certain speakers or FR locations.
The issue with "set it and forget it" is that, out of the box, the speakers are
"voiced". Sandy Gross will spend time tweaking crossovers to get a "house sound" that people love. Yea, the FR is basically flat. But make no mistake, a subjective element is added to every speakers FR. For instance the lower FR (like most speakers) have a bump on the bottom end. That's because subjectively, Harman's researched proved that all
humans prefer it. Also, XT-32 rolls off the top end ever-so-slightly. Well, you may like the "voiced" top end sound of your speaker. It may be a big reason why some
people like Anthem's room EQ. That's because in order to get 24-96K sampling rate, Anthem stopped correcting at around 14kHz (if they corrected out to 20kHz, they would need a lot more DSP MIPS or horsepower). Make no mistake, that was a cost cutting measure..
It's also why some people prefer no XT-32 (as we discussed, it takes out any "voicing"). So with the app, you can put in a bump on the lower end, not correct on the top end, only correct the sub or sides, etc, etc, etc. The end user has control for those who want it Note: the 77702mkii will never have this app. It cannot be done because they are using RAM from the newer generation DSP which isn't available on the 7702mkii.
As for the release date of that app. While I was in Japan talking to the powers in charge, I got the distinct feeling that D&M really wanted to get the app right! And if that meant a delay, so be it. It's an important feature for them and they don't want the experience to be anything but positive.