Got my X4000 in last night! FYI, my listening area leaves much to be desired, as it's an open floor plan--TV wall, side wall to yard, back open to kitchen and breakfast area, and other side is a half wall open to the dining room. This is my HT:
- X4000 (replacing my Denon AVR-2805)
- Front towers: B&W DM 603 S3
- Center: LCR600 S3
- Sub: ASW600
- Surrounds: 2x DS3
Got everything hooked up, fired it up and performed the Audyssey calibration. Kids were asleep, wife got really annoyed, but in all honesty, with a 4 and 1 year old, that was the only time I could do it with silence (and they didn't wake up, so no harm done). I don't really have 8 places to sit and listen, so I only did 6 points of calibration (wasn't sure if I should "make up" places to sit just for calibration purposes). Started up Pirates of the Caribbean on Blu-ray b/c that's what was already in, and...WOW. All I can say is WOW!
I thought I heard a significant difference in the sound. So much so, that I was convinced I was just making it up--the placebo effect. So, I asked my wife, "Do you notice a difference in the sound?" She said yes. I kept listening. I was still aounded. I asked again, "Really, you can hear a noticeable difference?" And she said "So I noticed it immediately." She was on her phone and not really paying a lot of attention, and she doesn't care so much about the sound (or watching HD programming...SD is fine with her), and yet she noticed a difference right away!
LOVE my new X4000!
Next is to get my Zone 2 hooked up for my back yard, then monitor 2!