For ages, there has been debate raging over whether to use Audyssey's midrange compensation or not. Midrange compensation could only be disabled using Audyssey Pro on previous generation Marantz and Denon receivers. However, ever since the Audyssey App has appeared on the app stores, it is now possible to enable and disable it to your... Continue Reading →
Since more and more companies are switching to Dirac Live in their receivers - Onkyo and Pioneer being two of the latest ones to do so - I thought it would be important to compare Dirac to Audyssey and YPAO. I don't see a lot of reviewers or sites fully explaining the pros and cons... Continue Reading →
Not everyone is aware that they can control Yamaha receivers with a web browser. However, even fewer people know that there are TWO web interfaces on higher-end Yamaha receivers, with one geared towards installers. Find out more in this article.
I have written about Loudness Compensation and its importance for home cinema in the context of Yamaha YPAO Volume. If you haven't checked out that article, I would recommend you do so. However, I wanted to cover Audyssey's version of loudness compensation (Dynamic EQ) and dynamic range compression (Dynamic Volume) in this article. Audyssey Dynamic... Continue Reading →
Here you were thinking you had it all sorted once you applied EQ to your system, hey? Not so fast... a flat EQ is not going to give you correct tonal balance after all. Meet Loudness Correction.
YPAO - The Lost Manual Since this guide was written many years ago, I have spent 100s of hours learning about and testing all the Room Correction solutions as a way to create my perfect dedicated Home Cinema. While I have achieved that goal - and then some, I want you to be able to... Continue Reading →
Introduction I love packaged media such as DVD - in the old days - and now Blu Ray. Packaged media will always have the upper hand when it comes to quality of picture and sound so let's hope it's here to stay. Nevertheless, there are so many of us who download TV shows or even... Continue Reading →
The Perfect Loudspeaker Loudspeaker design nowadays is advanced to a point where loudspeakers have a pretty much flat frequency response between 20Hz to 20Khz, which are the lower and upper boundary of human hearing. In an ideal home cinema, the main speakers reproduce frequencies from 80Hz up while the subwoofer is reproducing frequencies from 80Hz... Continue Reading →
The difference a screen makes You can project onto a white wall and get a really great picture, but if you've spent more than $500 on a projector, you will notice a marked difference with a purpose built screen. The benefits of projecting onto a great screen include the following: Increased sharpness / perceived resolution... Continue Reading →
YPAO - The Lost Manual If you have a Yamaha receiver, check out YPAO - The Lost Manual on how to configure Yamaha YPAO to get the best performance out of your receiver. Get it here. Cinema versus Home Movies are designed for the big screen and movie soundtracks for the big auditoriums of cinema... Continue Reading →