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But that is just the engineer in me talking. I always worry that a defective design will electrocute someone, collapse in an earthquake, or stop the sun from rising in the morning.
LOL! I tend to be the opposite. I think of it as being pragmatic, but then again, I'll probably be the one electrocuted by a defective design.
I remember your struggle to make Audyssey work, and I have read, on a couple of other threads, about your alternative approach. I have long since become convinced that Audyssey can't work well for everyone, in every room. But, like you, I would expect it to work better as the overall frequency response in the room improves due to acoustical treatments. Still, in the end, it comes down to what sounds better to you. I hope that you will be able to get some benefit from it at some point. I remain convinced that it can be helpful in the modal region in most rooms, although there may potentially be trade-offs in other parts of the frequency range.
Hopefully, your acoustical treatments will neutralize any negative effects higher, while letting you enjoy the benefits of automated EQ below about 200Hz. In my large room, I don't have any real issues with early reflections, but even with bass traps, XT-32 provides some additional clarity that I would hate to be without. If I had to trade that for some issues higher up in the frequency spectrum, though, I'm not sure what I would choose.