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The 5508 is definitely more dynamic than the 4311 in my system. In fact the Onkyo 886 pre-pro was more dynamic as well which is what I directly compared the 4311 to. For music the Denon was much better than the 886 but the 5508 trounces the 886 for music too.

I really wanted to like the 4311 more than the 886 as it was more feature packed and I did for music. I just couldn't give up the dynamics and overall movie presentation of the Onkyo, the 4311 was dull in direct comparison.

You had me worried at first Sonnie, I was beginning to question my sanity for recommending the 5508 over the 4311:gulp:
 

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Hey all, with the new Integra 80.3 would this still benefit from using the PRO setup or is the on-board Audessy pretty good now?

Cheers Mark
 

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A pro calibration brings benefits in my setup . The surround channels seem to be better . The ability to do a as many points as me would want is very nice. The kit does not do well with dual subs and touch up is usually required . REW is a very good approach for that.
I used Omnimic to change the distances listed for each subto smooth out the response around the xover.
The ability to edit the response for each set of speakers can be useful .

I think one really needs to be into hi fidelity to find the cost of the kit and license worth it.
 

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This may be covering old ground, but will they sell the Pro kit to anyone who has the price? Do they require special qualifications, training, certification?

Any idea how many HTS members have the Pro kit?
Yes anyone can buy. Google the kit to find sellers. Audyssey also sell directly.
 

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A pro calibration brings benefits in my setup . The surround channels seem to be better . The ability to do a as many points as me would want is very nice. The kit does not do well with dual subs and touch up is usually required . REW is a very good approach for that.
I used Omnimic to change the distances listed for each subto smooth out the response around the xover.
The ability to edit the response for each set of speakers can be useful .

I think one really needs to be into hi fidelity to find the cost of the kit and license worth it.


"The kit does not do well with dual subs and touch up is usually required. REW is a very good approach for that".

What exactly is the reason that the kit might not do well with dual subs? :scratch:

XT32 as comes standard with the Denon 4311ci supposedly does pretty well with dual subs, does it not?

Please clarify!


Thanks!


...Glenn :D
 

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I found Pro to be pretty much equivalent to XT32 as far as the bass equalization is concerned, however I was able to make some adjustments to my overall response with Pro that I could not make with XT32.

For any unit that has Sub EQ HT for dual subs, Audyssey will level the two subs, set the distance/delay and then combine all subs for equalization. How well it does will depend on your response prior to Audyssey.

Audyssey will not do all that well in some cases when there are more serious issues in the sub response prior to Audyssey equalization, it does not matter if it is dual subs or not. I emphasize some because I have not verified this in multiple cases, but it is likely that this is true in most cases, as it stands to reason that it would be the same result if the sub response has serious issues prior to Audyssey equalization. To see what I mean by this look at my review of the Denon 4520 (Is Audyssey all you need in your system for equalization?).
 

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With unequal subs pro and xt32 sub eq there seem to problems around the xover that can be fixed by changing distances using REW or Omnimic to monitor the effects of the changes.
 

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Sonnie,

I have a Onkyo PR-SC5508 and an opportunity to buy an Audyssey pro kit from a friend for $100. I'd then have to buy the license for $150 - making the kit cost $250 for my use case. I traditionally run Audyssey and then turn it off because it brings in a treble bias in my tile floored, untreated room on my JTR speakers. In your opinion - after it was all said and done - did you like the pro kit? Did you think it was worthwhile - or should I just let it pass?
 

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For $250 total it is a no brainer, you could sell your pro kit for the same price or more if you don't like it. It will also add some value to your 5508 when you sell it in the future because of the Pro license which stays with your particular 5508 and is not transferable.

I had a 5508 with Audyssey Pro and the biggest improvement was with music. The added control might also benefit you particular situation as you have a lot more control over that Audyssey is doing.
 

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I would not pay full retail for it, but that price you are getting is a genuine bargain and I agree with the others... buy it! Ditto what both of them have said about the value and benefits of it.
 

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Cool - I'll probably pick it up then. Thank you for the responses! I've got to send my 5508 in for repair, the on screen display is not currently working. Luckily it still has a year of warranty left.
 
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