Audyssey MultiEQ XT vs MultiEQ XT32

Clinton McClure

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I am assuming quite a few forum members are using Marantz or Denon receivers that use a form of Audyssey MultiEQ. From all my research, the XT32 flavor is better, but is it worth the extra money over just MultiEQ XT? I can get a decent receiver that does everything I need it to but only has MultiEQ XT for $500-$800 but to get XT32, I would have to pay $1200 - $1500. Is there enough of a tangible difference to justify moving up a level and paying a $500+ premium for it?
 

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I'm surprised nobody has replied.

FWIW, I don't use correction. It can be great for subwoofer integration, but I buy my speakers based on their sound and I don't want a program to decide how they should sound. I then do some EQ myself, because movie soundtracks tend to benefit from that. My music playback is EQ free, though.
 

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I have the XT32 feature in my Denon X3300W, and only spent around $700 a few years ago. I purchased the receiver near the end of the model year after prices had dropped. If you look for last year's models, you can probably find something with the better version near your price range.

As to whether it makes a difference, I have never owned a receiver with the older XT variant so I cannot speak from experience, but if you do a Google search on "Audyssey MultiEQ XT vs MultiEQ XT32", the consensus seems to be the more advanced XT32 algorithms do make a difference.
 

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I’ve google searched ad nauseam on the differences between the two over the past few weeks. Like you, Scott, I’m reading the x32 is better but I’m trying to figure out if it’s worth the premium.
 

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I’ve google searched ad nauseam on the differences between the two over the past few weeks. Like you, Scott, I’m reading the x32 is better but I’m trying to figure out if it’s worth the premium.
If you don't mind factory refurbished, last year's Denon X3500H has XT32 and is available here for $699.
 

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Hi Clinton,

The primary difference between XT and XT32 is the processing power in the DSP available to Audyssey. This means that XT32 can correct more problematic rooms and all things being equal will give a better result than XT in the same room. As was mentioned earlier, it also has the ability to correct bass far more effectively due to the filter resolution:

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All this said, I strongly recommend anyone considering a new processor or receiver to go with Dirac or Anthem's ARC Genesis room correction instead. Both are far better than Audyssey and have a lot of benefits. Right now the only receivers you can buy with Dirac are from NAD , while you can get a processor/amp combo from Emotiva (though they are less reliable).

Anthem on the other hand offers ARC Genesis on all their new models, and it's a really tremendous product. I've owned multiple XT32 processors from Marantz, AudioControl's Maestro M5 with Dirac and now my processor is an Anthem AVM60. If you want the absolutel best in build quality, reliability and performance in your theater, Anthem is my brand of choice.
 

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Hi Clinton,

The primary difference between XT and XT32 is the processing power in the DSP available to Audyssey. This means that XT32 can correct more problematic rooms and all things being equal will give a better result than XT in the same room. As was mentioned earlier, it also has the ability to correct bass far more effectively due to the filter resolution:

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All this said, I strongly recommend anyone considering a new processor or receiver to go with Dirac or Anthem's ARC Genesis room correction instead. Both are far better than Audyssey and have a lot of benefits. Right now the only receivers you can buy with Dirac are from NAD , while you can get a processor/amp combo from Emotiva (though they are less reliable).

Anthem on the other hand offers ARC Genesis on all their new models, and it's a really tremendous product. I've owned multiple XT32 processors from Marantz, AudioControl's Maestro M5 with Dirac and now my processor is an Anthem AVM60. If you want the absolutel best in build quality, reliability and performance in your theater, Anthem is my brand of choice.
I have an ancient Anthem MCA-5 that I'm currently using in my rack. A Yamaha RX-V995 is acting as a pre/pro for the Anthem.
 

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Clint, why not tell us what models you're considering? Are you planning to continue using the Anthem amp? I seem to recall you were on the fence about that.
 

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Clint, why not tell us what models you're considering? Are you planning to continue using the Anthem amp? I seem to recall you were on the fence about that.
Hey John, sorry it took so long for me to get back. In the Denon line, I’m considering the S750H, S950H, S960H, X1600H, and X3600H. If I go Marantz, I like the SR5014, SR6014 and SR6015.

Since we moved a couple months ago, I’ve been using the Anthem amp but it’s not really a necessity to continue using it. I only bought it way back when I did because the A/V store was upgrading their floor demo units and the manager made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. I think I paid under $500 for it close to 20 years ago when it was retailing new for (I think) over $1200. My then living room theater was about 600 sq ft so the amp made a huge difference. My new theater room is 149 sq ft so I don’t need nearly that much power to get loud. In the new room, there doesn’t really seem to be an audible difference between using the amp and just using the receiver for power. While using just the receiver, I watch movies with the volume knob up about halfway and the sub’s amp gain at 50%. When using the Anthem amp, I only have to turn the volume knob on the receiver up about 35-40% to reach the same loudness, however, I have to turn the sub’s amp gain up to 60% to compensate for the lower receiver volume.

If I paid more money for a receiver with pre outs, I would most likely continue using the amp because already have it. If I end up getting a model without pre outs, I can easily put the amp in the closet or sell it.

A few weeks ago, I was all in for dropping $1500 for the Marantz SR6014, however, Covid-19 has changed my circumstances significantly. Since my wife had to leave her job last week because it is spreading like wildfire there and she’s immuno-compromised, I don’t think I can justify that much for a new receiver now. I want to. I really, really want to, but I may have to settle for one of the Denon S models like the 750 or 950 until she’s gainfully employed again then revisit a receiver upgrade again in a few years.
 

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