Originally Posted by robertc88
The audio from the 83 is what some folks are considering in their decision process versus the 80. I don't know what the actual listening difference would be for movies, SACDs and DVD-A unless I physically tried both. Maybe a wash considering my AVR but I really don't think so.
As far as the AVR? Well from what I've been told, the SR605 is easily beaten with products that include MultiEQ and Dynamic Volume and they don't cost all that much to tell the truth (ie Denon AVR790 or 1910. They still cost more than $200 though).
Maybe someone in NJ can make this easier on me to try the 83!
Seems like you may be overthinking it a bit.
Sure, you can get better sound... ALWAYS... just how much are you willing to spend?
With enough money, you can accomplish almost anything within reason.
By the products you have chosen to purchase (TX-SR605, BDP-80), you seem to need to operate within a budget like most people.
For that budget class, the 605/-80 combo will work VERY well, and will produce sound that is above average for the average American household so to speak.
Rather than spend hundreds of dollars on other gear in an attempt to slightly better your hardware setup, maybe try looking in an area that may yield better overall results for better audio quality.
I refer mainly to room treatments.
The average AVS enthusiast is usually ill-equiped in this area, yet it's one of the most important features for sound quality in a listening environment.
Acoustical panels, bass traps, sound diffusion, and general sound absorption... look into it.