Well, the HTS 7.1 arrived last night and I got it setup with the except of the EQ. I was able to setup the audio connections, video connections, speakers distances, volume levels, etc.
I am using the same sources, Krell amps, G&W speakers, etc. and all I am upgrading at this time. I am coming from a Denon 3806 used as a Prepro. sO that may put my upcoming comments/feedback into some perspective.
The Krell was more tedious to setup than the Denon, and the Denon had finer increments on some of the settings (distance, channel volume). The Krell remote doesn't acknowledge every key press so setting up each parameter for each device numerous key presses. Still, the concepts are easy enough so the setup went without any major issues. In short it is tedious to setup becuase it is highly configurable. Every input can be treated differently.
Within a second of the music starting, you could notice a more open, more detalied sound, then the Denon. I won't say "a veil was lifted", but things were more clearly defined. I heard things in the music and movies I hadn't noticed before.
The noise floor was lower. The Denon sounded quiet. You would have never thought of the noise floor, until it was lower. I think this is mostly from the XLR/Balanced connections, I can now use between the Krell Prepro and amps.
I am using Analog outs from my Universal player (Denon 3930ci), and the pass through sounds amazing. I also tried some of the same music and movies via the Coax connections and the 2 CH Analog connections.
So far I prefer the Analog Out connections which surprised me a bit. I thought DTS passed via Coax and using the Krell DACs would sound better than using the Denon 3930's DACs. This surprised me a bit, but I only had a few hours to test/listen last night.
I didn't get to try the EQ at all. It has 8 bands and 4 parameters per band (I believe). At 2:00a, I was not ready to dive into that. It looks more complex and configurable than other EQs I have used. Does anyone have suggestions as to how I would set up the EQ. I do have a RS Meter and REW installed on a laptop.
I will add more this weekend after I have learned more.