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Here's a link to some info I had written on using the different memory presets (you'll have to skip to the end to see my conclusions)
Thank you for taking the time to ask the questions in your thread, replying and answering your own questions about MCACC.
 

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I have an SC-37 that is 2 years old. It is great for movies and TV, and above average for music. It replaced a Rotel receiver that was pre HDMI. I think the Rotel sounds better with music, but I love using the HDMI switching on the Pioneer, and not changing the inputs to the TV. I also like to try the various surround modes for movies and music.

I added 2 height speakers last week, and am playing around with that. My configuration is 3 B&W M1's high across the front, 2 B&W CM towers left and right, and 2 B&W M1's up high in the rear, and a super cube 2 sub.

This house has a media room that was prewired, and I finally took advantage of the setup when I added the height speakers in the front and the surrounds in the rear.

I use the auto setup for the room and it works great.
 

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I have an SC-37 that is 2 years old. It is great for movies and TV, and above average for music. It replaced a Rotel receiver that was pre HDMI. I think the Rotel sounds better with music, but I love using the HDMI switching on the Pioneer, and not changing the inputs to the TV. I also like to try the various surround modes for movies and music.

I added 2 height speakers last week, and am playing around with that. My configuration is 3 B&W M1's high across the front, 2 B&W CM towers left and right, and 2 B&W M1's up high in the rear, and a super cube 2 sub.

This house has a media room that was prewired, and I finally took advantage of the setup when I added the height speakers in the front and the surrounds in the rear.

I use the auto setup for the room and it works great.
The Rotel is a better amplifier than the Pioneer, especially with B&W 3-way speakers, like the CM7 or 9. They have an impedance dip to about 3.2 ohms at the woofer-midrange crossover, and the Pioneer amps do not drive that dip well. I had this setup, and never liked the sound. The Pioneer actually tripped off with a particular explosion in "Doom", alerting me to a serious amplifier problem. I set the impedance to six ohms, and that helped, but did not make the amp sound better with music. I finally sold the Pioneer and got a Yamaha, which works much better because it is rated for four ohm speakers.
If you have preamp outputs, put the Rotel on the CM fronts.
 

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I have a dead SC35 sitting on the floor, heard a pop and poof. Now have a SC61, both sound the same. Added a Acurus A200 amp and it really makes my Studio 10V5's shine. Hope to have my new Paradgim Insprations soon and give them a shot.
 

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MCACC has many manual adjustments and can take quite sometime to get to know how to use them..

If you calibrate just using "Full Auto", then you are not going to get the best sound from your receiver..
You will most likely find that full auto has set your speakers to the wrong size, and set incorrect levels to the speakers..It also sets reverb delay to a standard delay..which doesn't necessarily suit your room characteristics..

You also have three choices for the sound format..SYMMETRY..ALL CH ADJ...FRONT ALIGN..
MCACC automatically sets it to Symmetry..but that may not be the best setting for your room..Infact most people prefer ALL CH ADJ..as do I..

Then there's the EQ settings..Generally speaking, what MCACC sets in the 8 band equalizer, rarely is optimum for a well balanced front stage..

If you run the test signal for distance spacing between your LCR speakers, you will also find that it needs some adjustment as well..

There are other manual adjustments required as well, so as you can see, there is a lot of manual adjustment required before you will ever get the best sound out of your Pioneer receiver..But when all these adjustments are set right, your receiver will sing!!:D
Thanks for the input it wish I checked a bit sooner because the VSX 60 got returned 2 weeks ago. I was hoping to get my original receiver back by now, but since that hasn't happened and I returned the AVR I won't get to tinker with those settings.

I will have to say the menu took me almost the whole month to get used to do I could only imagine the time it would take me to get settled into a pioneer AVR. I feel the pioneer would have proved efficient, but IMO the Onkyo provided a smoother operation from settings to basic control functions.
 

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