Originally Posted by AGGIES1971
I have an HT-520 130 watt receiver that's about 4 years old--no hdmi.
I have a 5.1 system with JBL 890s L/R, an LCI center, and L820s surround (and an Infinity CSW-10 sub) hooked up to a Samsung 61" LED DPL. 15x25 foot cathedral ceiling room.
If I upgraded the receiver to an 806 or 875/876 would I hear a difference?
Thanks for the help.
I personally would not even consider the 806. It has too many compromises in my opinion.
I feel comfortable saying yes, you should hear a difference with an 805/875/876. All of these have Audyssey Multi XT EQ and that one thing alone will make your system sound more accurate than your HT-520. In addition to EQ-ing for near flat frequency response, it will make all your speakers sound more similar which will give you a more seamless surround experience. Combine that with the lossless audio, high quality D/A conversion, powerful clean sounding amps on all these models and you should hear even more of a difference. My wife noticed the difference when I bought my 805. I have since moved to the 876. The 876 adds Dynamic EQ which is very noticeable if you switch it on/off for comparison purposes and understand what it is doing. So that should make an ever bigger difference.
If you want the best sound possible, I would go with the 876/906. You will not regret it.