Originally Posted by robertc88
...I'm in an apartment, going the room treatment route for a bang for buck upgrade isn't something I ever attempted before but may be more than likely worth considering.
Here's some OT unsolicited general guidelines to optimize your SQ at reasonable cost:
Get the best speakers you can reasonably afford (spend roughly 1.5-2X what your AVR costs), place them
as well as you can in your room, eliminate whatever awful acoustic problems you can with curtains, wall hangings etc (first reflections are 1/3 down your side walls) and get a modern HDMI-equipped AVR with good room EQ. On the latter, your Onkyo has Audyssey 2EQ
. Now this is sophisticated but entry-level room EQ; the sub channel is not corrected at all in this version. So you may want to do the "sub crawl
" to find a good spot for your sub relative to where you sit.
When shopping for an AVR I recommend the full Audyssey MultEQ suite with DynEQ/Vol. This currently is offered in Denons at a far more affordable level (such as 590/1610) than in the Onkyo line. This is high value for a number of reasons. The bass freqs are the most problematic in a HT room and with MultEQ those freqs get excellent filtering. Plus with DynEQ
you get well balanced SQ even at low listening levels.
OK enough on Audyssey from the Audyssey fanboy. As to running analog out of the Oppo, IMO if you don't have great speakers in a well-treated room you will do quite well with the Oppo-80 running HDMI. Then put that $200 saved towards better speakers +/or a Denon 590 if you want better SQ.
Back to your regular program...