Originally Posted by thezaks
Thanks so much! I really appreciate your questions and the manner in which you ask them. Yes, the TV is about 11 years old, and the best it can do is 1080i. For me, CRT has a depth to it that I love. Current flat panels look great, but just don't do it for me. Yes, I have had it calibrated by Lion A/V - Michael Hamilton, and he comes every year or two to do a touchup cal.
Regarding Audyssey, I don't use it. I find that I prefer the sound without it, and this is in a room that I'm sure is not very good at all with regards to acoustics. I did not do any measurements before/after.
I'm not always successful at being polite. This must be my good week! I recognize your like for RPTV and if I had one that I'd paid good money for, I'd be loathe to toss it aside.
If you're not predisposed to using room correction, I'd have thought you might have considered buying a receiver, maybe something like an older multichannel Rotel or NAD just as an example. I don't know what your room is like but if your room has severe issues, I think looking to address those would yield significant benefits. Further, and this is pure speculation on my part (well maybe not entirely speculative), looking to evaluate audible differences in such an environment can be quite challenging leading one to attribute assessments incorrectly. To my way of thinking based on what you've said, it's not your equipment that is a limiting factor rather it's the environment they're in.
Measurements, had they been performed, would've been able to shed some light on the bass as well as other aspects of your overall setup.