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In Reply to: RE: Audyssey MultiEQ/XT32 ? posted by Fitzcaraldo215 on August 2, 2012 at 07:35:39
The joke is on you, my friend. Since you do not believe in the universally accepted influence of the room on your sound, you are the loser. And, in more ways than one, I might add.
You are wrong because I do believe in the rooms influence on the speaker sound and I am fortunate enough not to require any room treatment or EQ which changes speakers response. My speaker designer friend has had to give his listening room extensive treatment both behind the speakers and on the walls and I am a winner as far as getting the closest approach to the original sound in my room.
Will wonders never cease! Not only do you have a perfect room, but you are able to discern that without measurements via your perfect hearing!
Obviously no domestic room can be 100% perfect for reproduced sound compared to a concert hall, however my listening room is excellent and needs no treatment, my loudspeaker designer friend who has better hearing than mine agrees and wishes his room was as good . We have compared live instruments in my room to recorded ones.
Yes, I used to think that my room of over 6,000 cubic feet sounded quite good, also. Many discerning audiophile friends thought so too. But, it sounds much, much better with EQ on, which becomes quite obvious in seconds in switching it off and on. They all agree that it is a major improvement. Several have also subsequently acquired prepros with room EQ, and are similarly delighted with the results in their rooms. None of us would part with it or ever be without it in any future system upgrades.
The measurements taken via Audyssey Pro confirm the room distortions that were there in my room in the frequency domain, with peaks/ nulls in the 7 to 10 dB range, but which I had grown accustomed to. The EQ lifts many veils that were limiting the sound before. You are likely to be quite shocked at the uneven response in your room upon taking measurements with a decent measurement package. But, it seems, in your case, that ignorance is bliss. You "know" that your room already approaches perfection. But, that is not something that can be determined by one's ears alone, not even your golden ones.
I am very happy with the sound I get in my room, no need to look for problems. EQ seems to be a US thing, no one I know of in the UK uses it. I feel the Hi-Fi Choice review of the Chord 5 channel amplifier using the Denon pre-pro when the reviewer says he prefers Audyssey OFF says it all.
I think we all can agree that Audyssey in its various forms performa algorythms which change the acoustics of sound, regardless of system quality, room dynamics, type of music, hearing, and a host of other subjective factors. If one person out of perhaps millions doesnt like it, so what?
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