Good scene for evaluating house curve
I have found the first couple of minutes of the youtube video of Jurassic Park All t-rex scenes useful in evaluating my house curve for surround sound. There are the thud of the dinosaurs feet contrasted with his roar. In my system, without a tilt, the roar is unpleasant enough that I have to turn the volume down. With a -8 tilt starting at 500 hz, I can leave the volume on the AVM60 at -15.
I have also found Loreena Mckennitt's version of Annachie Gordon to be helpful in evaluating a tilt. Without the tilt, her voice sounds harsh, with it she sounds liquid and golden. To be fair, we always used this track to evaluate speakers and most, even those in the 30k region (not that we were going to buy those), did not sound pleasant to our ears. Before adding Dirac to our stereo, this track sounded good with our Aerial Acoustic 10ts, but after Dirac, we could enjoy listening at a louder volume. We never listen at more than a moderately loud level. Because the stereo is analogue, I don't really know what the volume level is.
With ARC2, I would add 10 dbs to our subs post calibration and then use the trim in the AVM60 to adjust the sub level based on the material. I could never find a PEQ setting in our SVS SB16 Ultras that we liked. With Genesis, we are very happy with leaving the sub level where Genesis sets it and only adjusting the Bass Boost. What an amazing difference.
I think I have been able to find a good house curve relatively quickly with Genesis because of all the work I've done previously learning about subwoofers and ARC2 and Dirac. Most of this knowledge has been acquired reading these forums. However, I'm sure I still have much to learn with Genesis and am eager to benefit from other people's preferences and tricks.