Originally Posted by Gonadman2
I thought I would pose this question here rather than start a new thread. Today I stopped by a local A/V dealer and got talking with one of the sales people. I explained to him what I had (TX-NR5007) and all the problems that I have had with it. I also explained that I built the speakers myself and used minidsp's to tune the sound to the room. I have been using techniques learned from 10+ years in car audio SQ, so I felt very comfortable doing this. While it does sound very good and I was happy with it up until today, I am now looking to improve. I listened to a Rotel RSX-1562 through some low end $1200 Polk Audio speakers and it was amazing. Not so much the response of the system but it was just sweet and easy to listen to
. I started wondering what I had done wrong, so I threw my old Jamo 507a's ($2700pr back in the day) in there and listened. These also lacked the sweetness and fullness of my custom speakers or the Polk/Rotel system I listened to earlier.Will a high end sound card like the Asus Xonar D2X have a cleaner and sweeter sound than my Onkyo TX-NR5007? I really don't like the sound of this amp and never have, even from the moment I got it. I want that Rotel sound, I just don't have the budget.
I have been receiverless for 1 week now.
With my current speakers, I've had a variety of home theater setups...
Harmon Kardon AVR80
B&K Reference 20 Processor + B&K AV5000 MkII amp
Onkyo 803 + B&K AV5000 MkII amp
Onkyo 803 + (3) Sonance stereo amps
Xmeridian 7.1 2g + (3) Sonance stereo amps
Like you, I never really enjoyed the sound of the Onkyo. For a time, I ran the front channels of my Onkyo through the B&K amp, and powered the rear channels off the receiver. The shift in tone was clearly audible. The Onkyo sounded thin/hallow.
Now with the Xmeridian, I'm in heaven. I can't believe how natural and detailed the sound is. It's smooth and clear. I'm also running JRiver MC18, and using ASIO4ALL driver.
My system is now involving in a way I had never imagined. I get sucked up in the movie like never before, even rewatching movies I haven't seen in years.
MC18 -> Good Audio Card -> Amps is a FANTASTIC way to go.