I'm hoping to get some comments....
I just installed a Integra 80.3 AV Processors into my HY system which has Audyssey XT32. I'm running McIntosh amps, Klipsch Ref 7 towers, center and 4 rears and 2- Klipsch Ref 7 15" subs in a dedicated HT room with 2- tiers(levels) of 8 seats.
I come from a pro audio background mainly live sound and am a drummer and work in the music industry. i understand a flat sound and what this usually sounds like. I've set up many PA systems tuned them with crossovers and RTA's for flat sound and then adjust to taste.
I am trying to adjust my new Integra processor with Audyssey to taste after doing 2 different calibrations. 1st calibration I did was to put the mic (on a tripod) at each seating position using the front seat center as my 1st position then the other front 3 seats for position 2-3-4 and then the rear seats working from center outward. Then I read on this Audyssey forum that the mic should not be near a wall and my rear seats are against the back wall. So I re-calibrated again using only the front 2 seats and working close mic positions around those seats.
Again coming from the Pro Audio realm we always run our amp full volume and adjust level via crossover gain and eq each speaker via a RTA and parametric eq and crossover adjustments...basically a manual version of Audyssey. So when Audyssey asks me to turn down my sub volume to 75db and this turns out to be about at the bottom 1/4 of the volume knob I find this VERY ODD. So I go with it anyway to see and like so many others I find total lack of low end and punch. This is sort of typical of a flat sound anyway but Audyssey seems to turn the bass down even more.
Next I try to adjust the Audyssey sound to taste. Audyssey set my front mains crossover to 40hz and center to 45hz and the rears to 40 hz. Again sort of odd to me knowing the frequency performance of these speakers. I leave the crossovers there and try to turn up the LFE via the Integra and run almost out of room.
The Integra also has 15 band eq for each speaker and a sub eq as well and works even with Audyssey running....nice feature with the Integra. After listening to the system as is for a while I adjust the fronts a little to my taste and hearing by just a slight bost of 3db at the 12k freg band and I had to give the center channel 2 db more boost according to my ears and my sound level meter I use. Still the low end a wacked out and I can't understand why Audyssey wants my subs volume knob about all the way down and there is absolutly zero low end.
So what I've done is to raise the crossover on all the speakers to 80hz and raise the volume knob on the subs to middle point. This almost gave the sound the punch I'm looking for, especially with concert dvd/blu rays but the overall subs sounded sort of muddy.
1-Since my 4 rear seats on the 2nd tier/level are against the wall and also closer to the rear speakers I'm not sure how Audyssey works and if I should not place the mic at this position.
2-I'm also no sure what will work best as far as setting the sub level to 75db and the volume knob on the subs just about off or ignoring this setting and adjusting the subs myself.
3-I'm played with the crossover and feel that 60hz is less muddy but bass drum punch is in the 80-100hz range and the subs would do a better job of moving air than the front speakers and center channel...so I need to figure that out.