Originally Posted by JFriden
I did hear a HUGE difference with the Yamaha receiver he sampled, however. That sounded very bright and harsh. I know the Marantz I purchased has Auddysey Bronze which is their basic I believe and doesn't have Auddysey XT32. Even the SR5010 at 900 dollars has Auddysey Silver. The only two models that have the XT32 were the 6010 at 1,400 dollars and the 7010 at 2,200 dollars. Not going there. Would that really make that much of a difference?
XT32 can make a substantial difference in the resulting audio quality. The technical addendum
to the Audyssey 101/FAQ
that's available here on AVS describes the differences. Receivers from previous years (hence much less expensive) have XT32, too, but if you want 4K compatibility, you need one from 2015.
I can manually set my speaker size, crossover, distance, tone, and levels. Apart from that is Auddysey really improving the sound that much?
Yes. It can significantly reduce the audio distortions caused by room acoustics.
With Auddyseys MultEQ, DynamicEQ, and Dynamic Volume options, should I turn these on or off when I connect my receiver?
They aren't immediately available when you connect the receiver. They won't be available until you run the Audyssey calibration. Audyssey's room EQ functionality usually helps a lot. The use of the other features is very much a personal decision. Please look through the FAQ linked above. It discusses them all in detail.
I would think the less processing the better.
That's very much a personal choice. You should listen to the results of the calibration before making your decision.
I am a minimalist which is why I also opted for the NR1506. I don't need Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, all those extra channels, etc... I figure more bells and whistles is just more that can go wrong with the receiver.
In that case, unless you're planning for a full 4K video system, you should seriously consider AVR models from previous years. An older model with XT32 would be much less expensive than a current (2015) model.
As long as it has DTS-HD, DolbyHD, and stereo modes, a good DAC, and 5.2 channels then I am happy. Of course it must produce excellent sound as well which is the most important factor and all signs are pointing to Marantz for the best sound output and it sounded the same to me when I compared Marantz to different receivers earlier. Here is a picture of my setup and my listening position. My center channel is perfectly center for the gentleman who asked earlier. I will see how my speakers sound with the new receiver. They sounded great with B&W's in best buy and I'm sure they weren't even calibrated properly. I really hope I don't have to replace my speakers.
Speakers and room acoustics dominate the quality of the sound you hear. Electronics usually is a distant third, although quality room equalization (like Audyssey) often can make a significant improvement.