My conundrum... My AV setup sounds incredible for Home Theatre but always feels lacking in the Music department. I know many have dedicated systems for each but I, unfortunately do not have the means or rooms for something like that. I have invested a modest amount of $$ into a one room do-it-all system that I would love to optimize for both environments.
My set up consists of the following...
Panasonic TC-P55ST50 Plasma
NAD T-775HD AVR
Sony PS3 Slim
Connected via HDMI
Connected via HDMI (Tried Optical connection with no discernable difference in audio quality)
All files served via WiFi from Apple iMac
All files ripped in Apple Lossless format
PSB Imagine T Towers (Bi-Amped)
PSB Imagine C Center
PSB Imagine Mini Rears
Paradigm Reference Seismic 12
I have calibrated audio using the NAD's onboard Audyssey MultEQ XT using all 8 listening positions.
Circumstances allowed my to very recently upgrade the speakers to the set of PSB Imagines that I hoped would have made the ultimate difference in what I feel islacking from a music listening standpoint but I can't say I'm terribly overwhelmed with the improvement. At least not from a music listening position. As I mentioned the home theatre experience using DTS-Master, TrueHD or Uncompressed PCM is stunning but as soon as I switch to music I am ultimately underwhelmed. No life or realism. Just blah. I have tried defeating Audyssey altogether which makes it worse and I have tried every possible Audyssey configuration available on the T775HD including stereo, enhanced stereo (multichannel stereo), NAD EARS, Audyssey Curve and NAD Curve. So far Enhanced Stereo using the NAD Curve sounds best.
I have thought about adding an external DAC to the Apple TV output but that presents two problems, from what I can figure. First, I would lose Dolby Digital 5.1 processing on my video files and, second, feeding 2 Channel Analogue Audio to my AVR would be overruled by the onboard Audyssey software. Option 1 is to turn off Audyssey to play the true analogue signal which means I lose any room correction or, Option 2, leave Audyssey on in which case the AVR is going to reconvert the Analogue Signal into Digital to perform its calibration and back through the AVR's onboard DACs. At least that's what my research has led me to believe. Plus, there's no telling that an External DAC is going to solve my problem anyway.
So what to do? Does anyone have a recommendation? Am I overlooking something simple, or not so simple. Does anyone here have a similar setup using an AppleTV and AVR and accomplishing fantastic music?
Thanks in advance!