Originally Posted by David Susilo
I'm still contemplating in upgrading my SC-25 (and Anthem MRX700) to SC-77.
I would give my own recommendation to the SC-77 or 79 over the 25 based on my experience with the 68. the SC-09 is a bit different story from the 25
and I still have & use my 09 as well as the 68. I found the MCACC tuning with the 68 is a little different settings, but very similar overall. no surprises. I do think the overall "sound" is just a tad less bright with the new amp design, tuning or both
could explain POM's comment about being fuller.
the only caveat going to the 77 is if you use/need multichannel analog inputs. they are now gone
if you need them but still want to upgrade, I'd highly recommend finding a used or demo SC-68.
I found the new amps very capable compared to the previous Ice amps. and having PLIIz and NeoX to play with adds to the fun as you found with virtual heights/wides
nothing earth-shattering, but depending on the movie, it can add a subtle enhancement. I don't remember if the 27/25 generation had Optimum Surround but I like that mode for plain-jane Dolby matrix surround on older DVD's, seems to enhance channel separation or balance over PLIIx on older tracks. over the past year, we watched the whole X-Files series, which was matrix surround, and Opt Surround seemed an improvement over using PLIIx.
is this a 2nd system? I thought you're using a new Yammie prepro or top AVR in your main room but could be wrong on that
although I haven't looked at 25 specs in awhile, I think you'll also get more media file support if you're into PC audio...an added bene.