- Jan 23, 2020
the thing that made me pass on the AVRs (e.g Denon X3700) is that IMO this unit is tailored to effectively manage 9 channels audio and process many different codecs, pass through the video, room correction, Bluetooth and wifi, amplification, and many other features. But what I mainly need is only a good quality stereo amp with room correction. The room correction part is there but I doubted the good stereo amp. It is like an overall overkill yet underperformer. I may be totally wrong about other separate system with the perception of they would do better in just stereo (they could be as bad or as good as poor AVR) but it is hard to compare.
On the other hand, Room EQ does offer real sound quality improvements that would hold under blind conditions.
From a pure stereo sound quality standpoint, the Denon + Audyssey will almost certainly sound better than the separates + SVS manual EQ. That said, if you have a device in the chain that can apply a convolution file for EQ, then you can do without Audyssey. With the right settings, REW can generate a pretty good EQ file, and the alignment tool in REW can handle phase aligning the L/R with the Subs.