Just a quick follow up on the earlier discussion about enhancing the low end.
As I mentioned in a previous post, Anthem had said that I COULD engage the "deep bass boost", but their recommendation was to use the "room gain" setting, just as with ARC2. Others on here said they preferred the deep bass boost over dialing up the room gain.
I created four profiles in ARC Genesis: 1) ARC baseline calibration, 2) ARC with bass boost added, 3) ARC with room gain engaged, and 4) ARC with bass boost + room gain.
I'd have to pull the file to see where I set each of them, but it was like 30% of the slider for bass boost, and for the room gain, I clicked it up +3db.
I've spent the past week or so listening to various scenes in each profile setting, and surprisingly, I prefer the deep bass boost by itself. I was already getting surprisingly robust bass for a small room with the baseline ARC, but clicking this dial up a bit was exactly what I was after. My PSA subs are pretty potent down low, and I didn't feel like ARC2 was really taking advantage of that. But now, with the deep enhancement, I'm very happy.
About ten years ago, I first watched Cloverfield in the theater room I had at the time. I re-watched it this past weekend, and I can say without hesitation that this film still remains the BEST home theater experience I've ever had. Im getting better bass impact in a 13x17 room that I expected to get, and I owe that to ARC. Even with manual (SPL level) calibration and about 20 room treatment panels from GIK, the low end was nowhere near what it is now after Genesis.
I'm sure the other room correction offerings on the market are solid, but I just would not want to be w/out ARC if I can help it. Great software.