Originally Posted by AustinJerry
...Having admired pictures of your setup, I would be interested in hearing your feedback regarding improvements you have seen with XT32 and the Pro Kit.
You talkin to me?
If you're not confusing me with one of the guys who has a nice a dedicated HT, thnx! For the past 9 months I have been working on improving my acoustically difficult family room HT in terms of SQ. I added curtains, a bigger thicker rug with padding, and replaced every single piece of gear except the att HDDVR.
To make a long story short, over the past month I upgraded from the Denon AVR4310 (XT) to the A100 and added a second Velo DD10 sub. I ran XT32 and it was transformational. It took the SQ to a level I had come to doubt was even obtainable in my room as is (I had been seriously thinking about formal acoustic treatments despite the wife's holding her veto pen at the ready). After I ran Pro, the end result was significantly better yet, and I guess I'd describe it much like what Jeff (pepar) and fitzcaraldo have posted here and elsewhere, even more integrated, detailed and polished. But since you want juicy details, let me briefly wax poetic...
Of course, source matters but with well-recorded material, stereo offers a broader, more integrated soundstage with better detail and precise placement of instruments, and yet more ambiance. The impact and dynamics are palpable and thrilling, adding to the realism. For acoustic material, it's almost as though I have the best seat in the house. For studio material, it is not hard to imagine myself sitting right at the control board.
For good MC material, it's all that and more. The integration of all the satellites and subs is seemless. This results in the 3D effect being more pronounced, with an impressive surround bubble and instruments clearly placed at various distances and angles in all planes. Steely Dan Gaucho DVDA is a good example of where considerable thought and attention was put into the recording and production and every detail comes alive. With good film soundtracks, it's more immersive. There's such dynamics throughout the surround bubble, with convincing impact I'd never heard from my surrounds. It used to be that thunder and rain sounded impressively real, but now one drawback is that many other sounds are so realistic and so independent of speakers that they occasionally momentarily jar me out of suspended disbelief. ("Is that someone in the kitchen? Was that something outside?")
Dang, I'm an Audyssey fanboy!