Hi all, I'm back after about a 3 year hiatus from 'upgrade-itus'. Batpig, it's awesome that you're still so involved in helping this community, it's actually a factor in my choosing this unit. I'm coming from a 3310CI, which has never had the firmware upgraded because it was around the time of all the bricked units while trying to upgrade, and I didn't have the stomach for it, lol.
I'm about to pull the trigger on this receiver, and i have a few questions...
First of all, here's my setup:
Monitor - Panasonic AE4000 Projector
Speakers - Front - Focal Chorus 800 L/R, Focal Chorus CC 800 Centre
SS/SB - Boston Acoustic in ceiling (don't remember model)
Subs - 2 Velodyne EQ Max 12 in with SMS-1 Digital Subwoofer Management System
Other - Gateway Central PVR System
Panasonic Blu Ray Player
Wireless Bridge to provide connectivity
8 port dumb gigabit switch
So here are my questions:
1. I use dual subs, but have the SMS-1 in place. Currently I use the single sub out on the 3310, but I'm a little unsure how I would go about it with the 4520? Back pic of the SMS-1 below.
2. I have 6 listening positions (home theatre chairs, 3 front 3 on a riser in back). With 8 positions to measure, what's the best approach?
3. How much difference in the audio quality between the 3310 and 4520? I've seen some less than flattering reviews especially against the comparable Pioneer boxes, but I couldn't stomach the Pioneer room correction, I love my Audyssey :-)
4. Batpig, I've read all your stuff on this box (that I can find), I'm wondering about your experience in daily use though? Do you find there's enough adjustment available to suit your need to tinker and tweak? Any 'buyer beware' things you've noticed? I get that item 4 is very much individual experience and setup, just curious.
I have a dedicated theatre room that gets used daily for TV and several times weekly for movies, so this unit for me will be a workhorse. The 3310 will be relegated to the Bonus Room upstairs for my wife, as there is only 1 HDMI run through the wall for the upstairs TV.