PJ1200:Obviously there is lots of dynamic this and audessey that, which I currently have set to on, but read many people (and it is suggested in the mag) to turn these off?! I'll do that, or at least have a play tonight. A very quick tinkering last night (and it's quite hard as the amp takes a second to action the commands) also suggests the playing 'pure direct' didn't sound as focused as if it wasn't on!? Could be totally off there, but will check further tonight.
To put this post into context: I'm using Denon 2310, Denon 2500 transport, Kef 3005SE's, Panasonic 46G10. I've been thrashing (running it really hard) all of this now for a good few weeks, and it seems to be fully run in. So here're my observations/tweakery suggestions:
As Pete suggests, leaving the thing to run (both the 2310 and the 3005SE's) will change the sound fundamentally... then re-run Audyssey (the curves will change accordingly). Personally, despite what others say, I find Audyssey works a treat, and - in my room with all its' acoustic anomalies, with this equipment, and with my ears - sounds better than Pure Direct, although there is a very slight loss of transparency (as there seems to be with all these systems, but it's an acceptable trade-off to me). You can copy this room corrected curve to the manual setting and fine-tune it from there if the automatic setting isn't exactly to your liking, but I found the auto settings absolutely spot on. As a side note: Not having any family considerations (at least not any more), I set the Audyssey from just one position - my favourite listening position - and I do tend to run this kit with the volume pretty well flat out.
With the 3005SE's sub, I personally found a small degree of thickness to the sound, but this can be removed by removing those horrible rubber feet and spiking the thing properly to the floor. In addition, changing it's mains cable for something more substancial adds an extra degree of clarity (as does removing the grills from the sats). I have actually found that upgrading all mains cables has made a worthwhile improvement, but I've tried that only because I have a big box of spare cables lying around. At the moment, I'm using Russ Andrews Reference mains cables on both the 2310 and 2500 Transport - something I think Jason on this forum got slated for given their cost in relation to the value of the equipment - but I think he's absolutely right. It's a marked improvement.
Other than that, the 2310 with the 3005SE's sounds fabulous - with CD's, even in a direct A-B comparison with my regular (considerably more expensive) hi-fi, its not embarrassed.