Originally Posted by Ryder125
I've been looking at new AVRs but different stores have them hooked up to different speakers so that effects the sound and room is always different.. right now I have a HK 254 and due to all the bugs I'm looking at a new AVR.
I'm kinda curious what sort of bugs evolved with the HK 254 over the years? It seems like a pretty straight forward piece from HK's "High Current" days.
Now I've looked at Anthem and really liked it but it was paired up to Paradigm studio 60's and 20's, when I went to listen to an Elite it was hooked up to Energy speakers, listen to a Yamaha with Klipsch speakers, and tests are done with different movies and music so this makes it nearly impossible to tell the difference since the tests are done on different days with different speakers with different rooms all that effects the sound. Now lets say I upgrade to an Anthem MRX or Cambridge 551R will there be a noticeable difference to the HK 254? is it worth spending $1000+?
I don't know why people expect the basic amps and traditional audio functions of AVRs to sound different at any price level. The measurements in published tests don't tell me that should be the case, my analysis of the circuitry in service manuals don't tell me that should be the case, the spec sheets don't tell me that should be the case and my own personal experiences with real-world AVRs don't tell me that should be the case. We should be well past the days when amps were choosy about speaker loads, had audible flaws, converters sound different, etc.
OTOH there are differences in bass management (especially crossover slopes). As others have mentioned the consequences of running the various and actually somewhat different automatic system tuning facilities (Audyssey - 28 different flavors, MCACC (now several flavors?) and YPAO while all generally improvements, can still sound different at some level of detail.
I think a lot of people would like to know more about how different the results are for running say Audyssey 2EQ or Audyssey basic Multieq, versus running Audyssey Multieq XT32 on the same fairly good speakers in the same fairly decent room and calibration mic position(s).