Originally Posted by wyld0
When I use tilt, it seems to help with sharpness in dialog and most center channel effect sharpness, allowing me to turn up the master volume and get a more immersive surround experience. The huge downside is it increases the delta between the non-filtered peaks at 5k+ and really harshly and painfully exaggerates the high frequency effect components of things like glass breaking, wood busting, explosions. We watched the 2nd Harry Potter in 4k today with the DTS:X mix and adding the tilt made dialog and atmosphere of the school amazing, but the quidditch match was so sharp and harsh, I was dashing for the remote to bring the volume down. I really wish tilt would just apply all the way so there isn't such a giant leap from 5k and above (10dB without tilt and then maybe up to 18-20dB with).
Support also told me that 5k was the mic limit. If it's just a limitation of the bundled mic, seems like Anthem could just let us use our own mic like UMIK1?
I don't know if this is applicable to your setup, but here's my experience. I have a 2.2 system using the STR Preamp. Of my four profiles, two have downwards tilt applied. In those, I increase the max correction frequency so the target intersects with the natural downward rolloff of the speakers. It may not be perfect (according to Anthem), but it is a hell of a lot smoother sounding than rolling down to 5 kHz and then having a sudden jump in response!
My impression is, what tech support tells us is not always 100% on point. Though the mic may not be as
accurate above 5 kHz, its readings generally match those made with my Dayton Omnimic system, and the Anthem mic's measurements are more useful than assuming the speaker is perfect above 5 kHz -- which is the alternative.
About the mics, this is an annoying feature of the Anthem world. The mic is proprietary, and tech support told me they have no way
of checking its calibration, even if I wanted to pay for it. Other mics do not work with Anthem products, and because the calibration file is encoded (not clear text as with other mics), it's impossible to have it recalibrated by a third party. Don't get me wrong -- I really enjoy the STR preamp and its great sound -- but why does Anthem find it necessary to make even the microphone
closed and proprietary? I, too, also have a UMIK-1 that I'd like to use, if only for comparison.