Yet another should I buy the 4520CI post. I know ultimately its up to me, but if anyone wants to share any experience or opinions I'd be interested to read them.
Denon 2112CI, purchased severalish? years ago
PSB Image B6 Bookshelves, C5 center
SVS 2039CI, older cylinder sub, was the bottom of the line at the time I believe
Oppo BDP-95, AppleTV, Chromecast
Mostly TV/Movies time-wise in a 3.1 setup, but 2.1 music is VERY important to me.
I really do love the 2112CI, it has given me zero troubles, other than occasional HDMI handshake issues. Audyssey MultiEQ XT has been a real revelation for music. I'm a bit of a recovering audiophile, slowly beginning to realize that any competent DAC and amplification will sound amazing, and that the speakers and room (and thus room correction) will have a far greater impact on sound quality than anything else.
I also love the SVS Sub, and have owned it longer than any other piece in my HT. But I know that in terms of audio improvement, at this point swapping out the sub will make the biggest impact. I'm eyeing the SVS SB-13 Ultra (or an SB-2000 black gloss). I want to go the small box route because the cylinder is an eye sore, and I really don't want to deal with an enormous ported box sub.
My problem is the incredible deals on the 4520CI right now. I'd hate to buy a sub now, and miss out on the opportunity to purchase a flagship at a great price. Why do I want the 4520CI:
-Audyssey XT32, first and foremost.
-Amp section. Even though I don't need that kind of power now, who knows if I'll have 4ohm speakers in the future? I believe the 4520CI will be all the amp I will ever need.
-Pride of ownership. Yes this is silly and irrational, I know, but it would feel good having such a high end receiver in my system. I said I was a "recovering" audiophile, not totally recovered!
-Getting a lemon and having to deal with warranty returns, especially when my current receiver is so trouble free. I'd feel like a dufus in front of my wife if I spent a grand+ on this new toy and it functioned worse than the 2112CI.
-XT32 not providing a noticeable improvement in my non-surround system. But by most accounts I read around here people who made the move from MultiEQ XT to XT32 were impressed.
Too long did not read: Should I buy the sub now, knowing it will provide the biggest improvement in audio quality, or take advantage of the great deal on a flagship receiver now, and worry about the sub later?
Again, I know ultimately its my decision, but I feel I would be remiss if I didn't take advantage of the wealth of experience on this forum. Thanks in advance for any feedback y'all can provide.