Originally Posted by cr136124
Originally Posted by 67jason
A couple of hours later...some badly needed cable management done....and she's on!
Haven't ran audyssey yet. I wanted to make sure that all the connections were okay and to see if the amp functioned properly....zero noise or hum...fantastic.
For the last 10 minutes or so I have been listening to 2 channel music in pure direct mode...and it works and sounds just fine. I do notice there is little to no harshness at -5 and above on the dial!
Beer, smoke and run audyssey...be back later.
Looking forward to read on your additional impressions after calibration is done, and please don't forget to post more pics when all gear is in the right place.
I couldn't run the full audyssey set up...too noisy right now....damn neighbors dog and the kid just got home from school. I just did the quick set up. Some time in the wee hours of the night tonight I will do the full audyssey calibration.
As far as sound....one thing comes to mind...CLEAN!. I don't really notice anything really different vs the onkyo 809 powering everything until I get up to -10 or higher on the volume. -5 to -0 no longer hurts...just clean sound. And that is exactly what I wanted. Loud with no or little distortion or harshness. In my old house I had a much smaller room so the onk didnt have to work as hard to put out high volume with no or little harshness. Late last year I moved into my new house and have a march larger space to fill and the last several weeks I have noticed the onk was having trouble giving me clean sound at high volumes. Also in my old set up I was not running wides, now I am and that makes a difference too in power output of the avr. Enter the XP5 and all harshness at loud levels is gone.
Music cranked up to -5 to -0 sounds fantastic now. Everything from depeche mode to nine inch nails to styx to pink floyd, to Apoptygma Berzerk to KMFDM to Men At Work to Pet Shop Boys, to The Who, to tom petty to 'til tuesday to front 242 to the cure....everything is clean.
In a little bit I'm gonna throw on my depeche mode and nine inch nails blu rays to check them out...and later it will be pink floyd and rush SACD's.
Here is a crappy cell phone pic of my room
I hate my god awful TV stand...damn thing is near useless except for housing my center channel. However the little woman likes it and I cant get rid of it any time soon as it was the first piece or "real furniture" we bought together. The audio rack is not strong enough to hold the xpa-5, so until I can figure out how to house everything, the amp is gonna have to live on the floor for now.
I also I know my wides are a bit too close to my mains, but it works out well to my ears...much better then heights that I ran in the old house. I also know my speakers are not anything to write home about, but I like 'em.
Denon 1611 Blu-Ray/SACD/DVD-A player
Dish Network VIP 722k DVR
Sony CDP CX-355 300 disk CD player
Polk Monitor 70's. 60's, 40's, CS2 and dual 505's.
Everything was bought on discount, open box, super sale, used etc...I probably have less then 3k invested and built up over the last almost 2 years. Not to shabby if I say so my self.
Now back to listening....