I have set my system up with both a sound level meter and the set-up mic supplied with the amp and get totally different figures, whitch one is better to go for.
panasonic 55VT65 / panasonic DMP-BDT310 / panasonic EX87 / onkyo 606 / humax foxsat hdr / wii / kef iQ5se's / kef iQ2c / kef iQ1's on atacama stands / kef 1005's for back surrounds / bk xls200 mk2 sub.
Personally that doesn't surprise me. You likely got Audyssey in your Onkyo and depending on the situation when you do the mic-measurements you'll always get different results, both compared to individual measurements and when doing it with a sound level meter. The mic is not really all that high-tec either so who knows how accurate it truly is? Not hacking down on Audyssey as I am myself a fan of theirs, but just saying.
Go with what sounds best. Nothing can judge the result better than you!
Evaluate and trust your ears!
Current A/V equipment:
NUFORCE AVP-18 (processor/DAC) | NUFORCE MCH-300SEC7 (multichannel amplifier) | MONITOR AUDIO APEX (5.2 speaker system) | SAMSUNG LE-52B755 (tv) | DENON DBT-3313UD (disc transport) | NAIM UNITISERVE (music server) | SUPRA (cabling) | LOGITECH HARMONY 900 (universal remote) | NORDOST PULSAR POINTS (isolation feet)
I use both, use the amps auto setup to achieve the speaker distances and the use the meter to tweak the loudness of the speakers.
Set the amp to zero on the volume (that is reference level not no sound), use the manual test tone with the meter set at 75dB.
AV System - Panasonic 42VT30 ¦ MA Apex 5.1- 4xA10 1xA40+ AW-12 Sub ¦ Van Damme UP LCOFC Speaker Cable ¦ Pioneer SC-LX85 ¦ OPPO 95 ¦ Mark Grant G1500HD Precision audio cable ¦ Sky+ HD(1TB) ¦ Chord Active HDMI ¦ Furutech Mains Cables ¦ Belkin PF50 mains conditioner.
Bedroom - Sony KDL-40W2000 + Archos 7 streaming from Windows Home Server 2011, Altec Lansing inAir 5000.
Dining Room - Sonos S5.
Music - HP Proliant Server running WHS 2011 ¦ streaming FLAC to Sonos ZP90 and OPPO 95 via SC-LX85.
Hi Fi - Cyrus 8 XPd QX amp ¦ Cyrus PSX-R power supply acting as Pre Amp ¦ Quad 909 Power Amp ¦ Speakers - Spendor A3 ¦ Logitech Squeezebox Touch upgrade by Fidelity Audio ¦ power supply upgrade by Mains Cables R Us ¦ Furutech Mains Cables ¦ Power Plant Premier mains regenerator.
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