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MP-50 New Owner Experience
I used the MP-50 for about a week before running RP.
The first surprise was the apparent SQ improvement over the 7702.
I've heard differences between pre/pros (can't say I do w/power amps), though never sure whether they were real or imagined, so I wouldn't have been surprised if the MP-50 sounded no better sans RP.
Not sure if it was just having a working system after a couple of weeks w/o the 7702, or it happened to be a well done soundtrack, but within seconds of starting I thought "Sounds good!"
What caught my attention was the dimensionality, in two ways.
Individual sounds seemed more formed in space, and the front soundfield was noticeably bigger.
My setup is 9.2.4, so a large part of it may be the matrixed wides, which spread the sound over the front, wide, and surround speakers vs. the logic extraction of Neural X derived wides (I'm using up the 11 discrete channels with 7.x.4).
But it"s not just the front soundfield that expanded; the height soundfield is bigger and better too.
Not sure why that may be; I was thinking RP may do a better job balancing levels, but that seems kind of weak.
Also everything seems somewhat clearer with easier to discern dialogue and details.
The second surprise was the difference RP *didn't* make.
After running 12 mic positions with the last 3 giving 99% Room Knowledge, I couldn't reliably pick between Focus1, Global, or Bypass, except for the bass.
And the difference in bass was pretty much just level.
With RP it was rather low; after turning up the gain on my sub amp it sounds pretty much the way it did before.
I suppose that's not surprising, as I think I've done a halfway decent job matching and EQing my subs with the inuke DSP.
So overall I'm happy with the upgrade, though surprised that it wasn't from RP.
I'm watching a lot more movies and really enjoying the big cinematic sound.
But not as happy as I had hoped to be; despite the noted improvements the sound still lacks the hifi type refinement I've had in the same room when the speakers are on the adjacent long wall with more distance from reflecting surfaces.
Last edited by noah katz; 12-27-2019 at 01:11 PM.