|Audyssey Sound Equalizer|
|Home Theater Accessories Acoustics, EQ & Room Tuning|
|Written by Andrew Robinson|
|Sunday, 01 July 2007|
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I would love more than anything to have this be the first AVRev.com review without a downside, but then I wouldn’t be doing my job and there are a few things that bugged me. However, none of them have anything to do with the Audyssey EQ’s performance.
First, I would love to have seen the Audyssey EQ’s USB and microphone inputs located on the front of the faceplate instead of the rear. While I appreciate the Audyssey EQ’s simple elegance, I feel front-mounted ports would have been extremely useful, especially for those of us with large rack-mounted systems or with a tendency to change out gear readily.
Lastly, I don’t like the fact that the $2,500 price doesn’t include the calibration kit. While most users will go through the set-up process once and be done, I can’t help but think that a few are going to want to experiment and make changes down the road, which can’t be done without a dealer/installer’s help. Frankly, why go through all the trouble of making your installation software so easy to use that a child could do it, only to never really allow the consumers to play with it themselves?
With a retail price of $2,500, which includes professional in-home installation and calibration, the Audyssey EQ is simply stunning, if not a mind-boggling value. I can think of no product in recent memory that has been the cause of so many moments of sheer amazement as the Audyssey EQ. I consider it to be one of the few products out there in the consumer electronics marketplace that honestly makes good on its claims and does so with zero adverse effects to buyers and their systems. I can not stress enough how important your room is to the overall sound of your system, and unless you’re willing to build or re-build your room from the ground up, it is urgent that you find a way to get your hands on an Audyssey EQ.