I think that I should have been more clear I was talking about subwoofer integration. :)
Sorry, my bad.
Sorry, my bad.
I tried ARC. I tried DSpeaker. I tried Audyssey's professional stuff. I even tried an old JBL/Rane Synthesis EQ. I disliked them all. I had an opportunity to try the Lyngdorf Room Perfect in the McIntosh unit, but passed on it, as I kinda gave up on EQ'ing my room. I like it how it is. it has a house tilt (probably a little excessive/agressive too) but that's how I like it. There's a pretty good peak around 60-70 and a dip at 40, and I'm ok with that.
I have used both automatic EQ and manual EQ, in various forms, for about 15 years now. The best sound I have obtained is through automatic adjustment with touchup by ear. However, not every automatic system supports as much manual intervention as I like.
The latest correction products have achieved excellent levels of transparency. For example, the Anthem STR Preamp does its filtering at 192 kHz, 32 bits. The hardware and software are good enough to avoid the traces of hardness I noticed with many previous products, most of them more expensive than the Anthem.
I consider Toole’s opinion out of date. That's not to say that manual PEQ is worthless; just that it is tedious and as ES said, beyond the ability of many audiophiles.
further, i think there is the stereo case, and multi-speaker movie sound track case. one is trying to be real, the other has a different agenda.
we can relate our own live music experiences to stereo listening and determine reasonable room set-up decisions.
with movie sound-tracks we have no reference. especially when we get beyond 5.1, into the Dolby Atmos area and beyond. multi-speaker surround sound music listening is such a small niche it’s hardly worth talking about.
i’ve had my speaker designer set up my speakers in my dedicated 2-channel listening room using measurements. then i fixed my room issues and i re-did it by ear. could not be happier. super low distortion.
in my separate dedicated Home Theater with 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos i did use the AVM-60 dsp program. seems fine for movies. would not allow dsp within 10 miles of my dedicated 2 channel room. no digitizing my signal path there where i’m trying for suspension of disbelief. movies need the visuals to fill in the sonic blank spaces.