Well, I think I finally found the perfect balance for movies and TV alike with these settings:EQ
Center+5 (Martin Logan Motion 6) Have to set this higher for ML6, dialogue was a little lower than expected. This the weakest part of the 520 I can tell as I heard the ML6 on a Pioneer Elite, more crisp sound from the ELite of course. But the Sony 520 at lvl +5/6 matches it.
Ran Transformers: DOTM in 7.1 TrueHD and it was incredible. Sound was really well balanced. Same with Avatar 3D in 5.1 DTS. The Eglands(spelling, its the flying dragon things) at the end could be heard from every direction in the room, made my hair stand up on the back of my neck.
For an entry level receiver, alot can be acheived through some minor tweaks. Will it outpower or sound like a more expensive Pioneer Elite or Onkyo, no, but like I said, with some tweaking it can be close.
I am putting in new speakers and started with the most important, the center channel. The MLM6 is more than worth its weight. I had tried out the Motion 8, TL3 Blackstone, Energy CC-5/10, and the Def Tech 1000. The ML6 closes competitors was its own MLM8. All these were connected and reconnected for me by salesman in the Magnolia Center, hooked to an Elite SC-55.
Can't wait to get the ML Motion 2's for rears and Motion 4's for the front. (Sony Surrounds I have are perfect for the side surrounds, no need for replacement.) This receiver will do for a couple of years before moving up to something with built in 4K scaler and 9.2 or coming 11.2 systems. For $179 I paid last October, this was one of the hidden Gems in receivers this last year.