Originally Posted by drunkpenguin
I have a Marantz SR7002 and completely love that receiver! In my case I added an emotica xpa-5 amp to it which improved sound some, but what exactly is it you hate about the new system? What is it lacking? Listen to Ethan, he's very highly regarded around here and I'll 2nd the fact that room makes the biggest difference in sound over the quality of hardware alone.
+1. First listen to Ethan.
Then position your front L/R speakers as per the Dali Ikon Manuals says.
All Ikon speakers are designed to meet our wide dispersion principle, so they should not be angled towards the listening position, but be positioned parallel with the rear wall. By parallel positioning, the distortion in the main listening area will be lowered and the room integration will be better. The wide dispersion principle also ensures that sound is spread evenly within a large area in the listening room.
Then place your Dali Ikon Center so as to face seated ear hight by tilting it in order to obtain best dialog intelligibility.
Then find the best place for your Dali Ikon surrounds at +/- 90 -110 degrees a bit above seated ear hight.
Then find the best place for your Dali Ikon sub by way of a subwoofer crawl
Then take a deep look at your Marantz AVR. Run Audyssey MultEQ XT with all 8 mic positions. When done, set all speakers to "Small", set crossovers to 80 Hz. Engage Audyssey DynamicEQ.
And when all this is done: Sit back, grab a cold beer and enjoy!!
Send a couple of photos of your setup for more fine tuning ideas by the gang!!