Orb Audio Mod 2x
Orb Audio Super 8 sub
I've become increasingly frustrated with my theater setup. So much so that I want to start over. What has me the most frustrated is the near constant volume adjustment when watching movies. Up for dialog, down for action scenes. It seems that I have to crank things up to get the detail that i'm looking for -- even when listening to music.
I used the MACC calibration to set things up. The result is what seems like a scooped midrange with lots of top-end and very little bottom end.
I auditioned a NAD theater setup with Golden ear speakers (floor standing) yesterday. Was very nice, but the listening room was of course "acoustically perfect" with very little (if any) ambient noise. My home setup is in the basement living space. The room is about 20 x 30 x 9 with the primary listening seat being about 18ft away from the TV. The surrounds are at about the 18ft mark too where the ceiling / wall meet (basically right overhead). Back behind the listening space is open living space. Essentially I have a couch separating the 'theater room' from the other space in the basement.
I'm looking at everything from replacing the Orbs to the Pioneer (or both!). Maybe a by-ear calibration will help too? just not sure what to start with.
I don't care about all the wiz bang features on some of these receivers. Just great sound quality and 24p passthrough. Audio Streaming, internet radio stations, all the different hall/theather/etc effects, not interested at all.
I've been reading alot of of good things about Emotiva. The XPA-5 and UMC-200 seem to look pretty good.
Where do I go from here?