Originally Posted by rbanez
Wow. I didn't know you were into high end AV equipment. So I guess since my Denon was the lower tiered model way back when, I guess any new contemporary ones would blow it away. My old Denon was great with Dolby Digital 5.1 but no DTS either. The analog 5.1 inputs helped since my BR player decoded any HD format and just sent it directly to my speakers. I was lucky in that manner. But I always thought calibrating my speakers with an analog SPL meter was all I needed. WRONG! I was not able to correct room acoustic problems and delays based on my speaker placements. Audyssey really did the job and now the sound I get is night and day. It takes the guesswork out of setting parameters for your 5.1 setup. Let us know how your tv setup goes this weekend. I am loving my 70"...
Yeah, I've heard great things about Audessey, and could probably really use it in my room - my speaker setup isn't quite ideal due to a funky wall length on the one side, so one of my dipole speakers is about a foot and a half in front of my listening position, which impacts the surround effects somewhat. Like you, I bought a sound meter and used that to at least dial all the speakers to 75db using c-weighting, but I'm betting Audessey could do a much better job. And if my receiver had analog inputs, I'd be able to let my new Oppo do all of the decoding - but no dice. There is a company called MSB that would put 5.1 analog inputs into my Denon, but it would cost $400 to $500 for the upgrade and the cable, which feels like way too much to invest in a 15 year old receiver (that money would be better put toward a new receiver)
As for being into high-end AV equipment, it was a lot easier when I was single and in my 20's - now I'm 40 with two kids and wife, and my days of buying the latest and greatest gear every few years are definitely on hold for a while.