Originally Posted by ccotenj
i am firmly in the objectivist camp... objectively, xt32 provides a better result than xt (and better than xt + the antimode i used)...
The problem with Audyssey, be it XT or XT32, is that they still don't let you defeat the crappy speakers compensation notch
without springing for Pro.
Now, I realize most people run crappy speakers, i.e. those designed without regard to matching directivity in the crossover region (e.g. the typical bookshelf speaker with a 7" woofer and a 1" tweeter plopped flush on the baffle; doesn't matter if a speaker with that design costs $200 or $20k, it's still going to suffer from fundamental midrange flaws).
For those of us with good speakers, Audyssey's room correction is deleterious. Indeed, I only used it because I found the advantage of DynamicEQ compelling.
That's the main reason why, when my Denon 4308 crapped its digital board shortly after the warranty ran out, I was glad that a better room correction system in the form of Anthem's ARC was available in a reasonably priced AVR. Especially since they also have Dolby's version of Audyssey DynamicEQ on board.
So, to answer the OP's question, especially if you still want to use your Sunfire amp, I'd spend a bit under 1/2 the budget on an Anthem MRX 300, and the balance on something else that could make a sonic improvement, such as a couple decent subwoofers and a miniDSP for a multisub system.