Do you think this will be an audio quality upgrade over my Yamaha RX-V1800? Specifically, I mean audio quality for 2 channel music as well as Blu-ray movies. I listen to CDs, SACD, DVD-Audio, as well as Blu-ray. My Blu-ray player is the Oppo BDP-83, and the only connection to the receiver is HDMI. For SACD, I send DSD over HDMI.
The reason I ask is that I have never been that impressed by the decoding of the 1800 on movies. It does not seem to have that much separation of channels, and the center channel in particular seems weak and lacks dialog clarity, no matter how high I set the level. And, yes, I have tried several different center channel speakers. I am wondering if the Burr Brown decoders on the 809 can make a discernable difference or improvement. The 1800 was one of the first generation of receivers able to do DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD.
Also, the best way I can describe the sound quality of the Yamaha is "analytical" or "sterile". I mean, it is clean and all, but I just rarely feel any emotional impact from music or movies. I also do not get much dynamic impact from it, despite using a separate power amp. I am wondering if the culprit may be the pre-amp section and/or the quality of the DACs and DSP section.
My speakers are Front: Legacy Signature II towers, Center: Paradigm cc570v3, Surrounds: PSB Image T4, Sub: Outlaw.
Any input much appreciated!
FAMILY ROOM SYSTEM--Legacy Signature II tower speakers, PSB Image 5T tower speakers, Denon AVR-X5200W, Krell FPB 400cx, Oppo BDP-83 universal disc player, RCA HD-DVD player, Samsung HL67A 750A TV
MASTER BEDROOM--Dynaudio Audience 82 tower speakers, Outlaw LFM-1 sub, Yamaha RX-V1800 receiver, Sherbourn 5/1500A 5-channel amp, Oppo DV 980H DVD player, Panasonic DMP DT210 Blu-ray player, Panasonic 60-ST60 plasma TV.