Still considering the AV8801 as I can get a good deal on it (60% of MSRP), but will I hear any noticeable sound quality improvement?
I'm really happy with my current system and it sounds awesome:
1. Preamp: Onkyo TX-NR905 as a preamp, set up with Audyssey off
2. ATI AT2007, 200+ watts full bandwidth, into 7 channels at once (300 watts for a 4 ohm load, all channels driven)
3. Speakers: Klipsch RF-83 mains, RC-64 center, RS-62 sides, RF-82 rears, two RT-12d subs
I know when I added the amp and the second sub, I could physical hear an improvement both times (even my wife noticed an improvement). If I will for sure hear an improvement with the preamp, I'm sold, but I'm really skeptical having never owned a preamp.
Also, if XT32 is as bad as MultiEQ XT was, I will have to turn it off, which sucks as it can help the subs. Folks on here are going to say I'm crazy, but the Audyssey XT ruined the sound coming from my main speakers. It lowered the high frequency amplitude on the main speakers and I even measured this with RoomEQ and a calibrated mic.
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