Originally Posted by jdsmoothie
Heh .. heh .. let's just put it this way ... not only does the jump from XT to XT32 offer the most noticeable improvement than from say MultEQ to XT or 2EQ to MultEQ, every 5308 and AVP owner that has had the upgrade installed as well as virtually every other owner that has upgraded from a MultEQ XT model to XT32 was VERY pleased they made the upgrade. And for us mere mortals, although $1000 is a lot ........... for you upper echelon guys ... with your $5000/$7500+ models, $1000 is a small price to pay to hang on to your vintage models and be assured at knowing you still have the best audio fidelity available.
Having just re-calibrated my, now upgraded, AVR-5308CI... I couldn't agree more! The MultEQ XT32 upgrade really does make a huge difference. Switching Audyssey to 'off' sounds very dull in comparison to the "Audyssey" setting after calibration.
I'm also very impressed with DTS NEO:X when using a 5.1 source. With my current configuration Neo:X adds post processing to all speakers and adds surround backs for a 7.1. I'm looking into adding front height speakers and getting a separate 2-Channel amp so I can have a 9.1 set-up.
To Loonbyn... if you are really only interested in being able to add 3D capability to your system then I would skip the upgrade and purchase an Oppo BDP-103 with dual HDMI outputs so you can still get High Resolution Audio. Otherwise I would skip 3D so that you can get high res audio with your HDMI connection going to your receiver. One of the best parts of blu-ray is the lossess audio, don't miss out on that by using an optical cable.
However, $1,000 for the upgrade is completely worth it considering this is a reference quality receiver, probably the last one Denon will ever make.