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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Aslam Imran, May 23, 2002.
Here is an excerpt from a review of the 307 published in the 'secrets of HT and high fidelity':
Harman AVR 220 and higher receivers all have a similar feature call EzSet.
The Parasound AVC-2500 does it too. However, I understand Pioneer's system is leaps and bounds beyond anything done before.
Auto set-up of levels and delay like the HK and parasound are not what is going on here. He is talking about DSP room correction for nasty room modes. Auto set up would be nice but I wonder how accurate it can be in a sub 3K product. I mean to say that a descent Mic is expensive and so are RTA's. So I wonder how accurate you can be here with what has got to be a $10 mic. What I would like is both options. B&K introduced room correction in a receiver and I have heard that their new Gucci series may be taking this much further. Hopefully a lot of companies will take this much further.
I REALLY like the B&K AVR 305/307. In fact, I'm going to have to get one soon.
My concern would be that you would just be creating a sweet spot in the room, and then perhaps making the rest worse than when you started. I suppose that if you had the ability to move the mic to a bunch of different places and the processor could then average it's adjustments to make the whole room sound good. ~Jay
My Sony TA-E9000ES processor has a microphone input. Too bad they never saw fit to do any software to take advantage of it.
Frankly ,I don't like the measuring equipment being inside the rcvr, I just trust certain RTA's ,etc. more than others... and the adjusting I prefer to be done manually rather than automatically ,given that most rooms have several problems, I prefer to "tame" the one(s) I feel will matter most....also I like measuring from several differant locations...........As I recall the experiance with some equipment like this has prooven to be "nightmarish"
I use the manual method:
a CD test disc
a Radio Shack sound meter
a high quality analog parametric EQ for my mains
a high quality digital EQ for my sub
Takes a bit longer than an automated system, but at least I know exactly what the "modifications" are!
Kevin said: "I use the manual method: a CD test disc a Radio Shack sound meter a high quality analog parametric EQ for my mains a high quality digital EQ for my sub Takes a bit longer than an automated system, but at least I know exactly what the "modifications" are!" So do I and I agree with you, except I use the digital para eq. in the preamp for the main/centre/surrounds.
The 49tx lists for $4200. Don't think I'd quite consider that "mass market" !
I didn't know the 49 had a microphone, that's way cool. As far as the mass market goes, I don't think any of the flagships are mass market. In a city of 1 million I have 1 maybe 2 places where I can purchase one, and the price alone sets it away from the masses. JMO.
And another thing. The 47TX has MCACC and streets for about $600 less, so, about $1,800. Artie
Good Guys and Circuit City carry the 49? Mine don't. I would agree that of they did it would be mass market, but as far as I know in most places you must go to a B&M store to check one out. I may be wrong, but that has been my experience.
Good Guys carries Denon and Circuit City Carries Onkyo with their Flagship models on display. I have at least 4-5 stores within 15 minutes of my house that I can get the Pioneer from.