Originally Posted by MUDCAT45
I am not implying which is better. However, the Onkyo can't sound as good or better if the settings are wrong. I would definitely disable Bolby EQ and Dolby volume then try before making judgement on best sound.
During my demo sessions I have noticed that the Pioneer is more detailed. OTH the Onkyo has a warmer sound. Just my opinion with no scientific testing. Also no room correction was being applied. Pure and simple processors in their natural state.
You are right, the Pio is more detailed and the Onkyo is warmer. I really like warmer sound when i am playing Hifi on my Quads esl 63's but i like detail, and a lot when watching movies. For movies warmer does not mean better to me. But let me explain what happened yesterday.
Now please anyone who reads this i would like to point out that i am not wasting anyone's time, i am really confused and want to share what happened to me. I am not a believer of Audyssey and all the other stuff that auto calibrates a surround system. I am just explaining what happened.
Yesterday the weather was really horrible, so no bike riding, and i spent the day reading about Audyssey and the (proper) way to setup the Onkyo with the XT32. I spent a whole day testing and, the sound now is better with the Onkyo, or i have to admit it that now it sounds great. Don't know if i was doing something wrong, the only thing i changed was that i moved the sofa 2 Ft. from the back wall as suggested by Audyssey and then i took the calibration also as suggested by Audyssey.
When i used to calibrate i always left the projector on, and even if i have the Optoma HD87 it still makes some noise. Now the system sounds as it should, movies like Transformers 2 sound really great, and the action scenes are really involving and get you really in the picture. I always felt that the Onkyo was a bit laid back when it comes to the airy sound but i think that after calibration the system sounds great. I think i am getting the Emotiva XPA-5 to work with my Onkyo, if i decide to keep the Onkyo.
I really do not know what to do. Now the Onkyo sounds great too, I can say that now it sounds better than the Pio. I think if i change the Marantz MA700 monoblocks to the XPA-5 i will see other improvements, or maybe it is all in the mind. Well really i hope not. Any suggestions apart from brain surgeons? Thanks.