Originally Posted by comicguy
No offense, but setting up two receivers WITHOUT USING the "tweaks" and room correction in a "challenging room" is a crappy way to compare two receivers....and to come to any judgements..
I have no axe to grind here, just saying that it is akin to buying two tvs and placing them in your room at the "stock" setting and making a judgement which is "better"..
Thought the bit about xt32 room correction would have made that obvious, but...
Both the nr818 and sc 1522 k were set up using just the stock calibration as provided in each receiver's setup guide, which includes room correction. No further tweaks were performed in my 5.1 room, which is large, irregular and challenging to say the least. The default room correction modes when following the manual's standard setup procedure is xt32 for the 818 and full mcacc for the 1522.
The nr818 sounded much better than the 1522, and the only receiver I've tried which had the "theater" sound to my untrained ears. I attribute that to xt32, because the nr818 without xt32 sounded "crappy" and the nr818 with xt32 sounded the opposite of "crappy". Other receivers I tried in the past were the Sherwood R-972 with Trinnov, Marantz 3600-z with their RC, and Pioneer 1522 k with full mcacc. In all cases I had at least 2 models at the same time, so I didn't need to rely on my long term audio memory for comparisons. My audio and video sources are CDs, DVD, Bluray, Netflix, and Pandora.
I'm still amazed at how well xt32 works. Prior to that nr818, I was resigned to mediocre sound. You can see how asymmetric the room is, with the black flat screen in the background (middle right), with lots of open space and hard reflective surfaces towards the foreground.