I know this might be a tough one to answer because it can be so subjective, but would I hear the difference if I bought a new receiver?
I have a strict budget and I'm considering a 1712 or 1713. I would get the 12 to save some money, but if the 13 would sound better then I would go for it.
Here's what I have: a 12 year old Yamaha RX-V795a
. (Everything I have that is audio related is at least 10 years old.)
Power, Min. RMS Output power/ch., 8 ohms MAIN: 20 to 20 kHz, 0.04% THD = 85W, CENTER: 20 to 20 kHz, 0.04% THD = 85W, REAR: 20 to 20 kHz, 0.04% THD = 85W
Dynamic Power Per Channel (Main Channels) 8/6/4/2/ohms = 115/140/170/200W
Damping Factor 20 to 20 kHz, 8ohms = 80
Frequency Response 20 to 20 kHz = +/-0.5 dB (CD)
For speakers I have:
Mains: Klipsch Fortes
Center: Klipsch RC-3
Rear (2): Klipsch RS-3
Sub: BA PV800
I'm thinking the adjustments (Audyssey) available on the new receivers might yield better sound for me. We just replaced the carpeting in our family room with hardwood floors and the room became relatively 'live' as you can imagine. I can't do much about the new floor and the acoustics the room has now, but the newer receivers and their standard features intrigue me.
By the way, the 'liveliness' of the room is not huge for us, it's just different, and there isn't much I can do about it with my Yamaha. All of the 'preset' sound fields actually make it worse. It the room was a 10 sound-wise with carpeting, I would rate it an 8 now.My main question is will a new receiver, whether we put it in my room before or after the new floor, sound better to me?
The most my Yamaha will do is DTS, by the way, so I'm thinking for Blu-rays we would be better off with a new one, although that is only about 10% of our viewing right now.