I should probably have used the title, "Audessy XT32 - What's all the fuss about or am I doing it wrong?"
I recently replaced an Emotiva HT USP-1 pre amp with an Onkyo 818 HT receiver. I set it all up and followed the Audessy measurement instructions and even broke out the camera tripod for the microphone. I was initially pretty impressed with the result, the extra detail in the sound over the Emo and even the Onkyo without Audessy on was striking. It didn't take me long to realise that the 'detail' I was hearing was a more forward mid and top end which quickly became tiresome. Upon switching the Audessy off it intially sounded a bit flat but once I left it off for a while I found that I much preferred the non eq'd sound.
Question is, do others find that Audessy brightens things up a bit too much? I assume that there's no way of getting into the Audessy curve settings and backing things off a bit?
Other than the Audessy issue I'm really liking the Onkyo 818, it is an improvement over the Emo although it does run a bit hot.
For info the rest of my system is:
Speakers: ATC SCM40 (v2) L and R
ATC C4C active centre
ATC SCM20SL rears
JL Fathom F113
AMPS: Primare A32 for fronts
Primare A30.5 for the rears (two channels used of five)
I woudln't say my gear is bright sounding, certainly now when I use the two channel side of it. ATC are designed to be revealing but certainly not bright. A couple of years ago I had a Denon 2311 and from memory found the same thing with the simpler version of Audessy.