Originally Posted by rosstg
Im considering replacing my Denon X4300H for the 758 but have some questions and concerns. I would appreciate anyone’s opinion and suggestions. I’ve been using the MultiEQ app for a few months and I’m quite happy since I can now turn off MRC. I use the Reference 1 Curve with MRC off and Dynamic EQ on. I’ve been using DEQ for about 10 years and really like how it sounds. My first concern is losing DEQ. I should mention my dedicated room is strictly for movies, cable and gaming. No music. I also do not want to create my own curves. I read a few posts that the Reference and Dirac curves are similar. Is this true? Would I notice a big difference between them when watching movies? I tried limiting MultiEQ to 300hz and liked how it sounded but went back to full spectrum. I also turned off DEQ for about a month and really missed it so I ended up going back to it. My setup is a 7.2.2 Klipsch RP with dual SVS PB1000. Again any help and suggestions would be appreciated.
I went from a Denon 4311CI to the NAD 777. It has been a little over a month so I can't speak long term only my first hand experience off the bat.
Sound is better on the NAD than the Denon. Even with the Audyssey Pro kit the Denon's sound was flat and muffled compared to the NAD. Dirac is so much easier to use the Audyssey it is shocking how bad Audyssey is after you have used both.
The NAD doesn't have all of the sound modes of the Denon, but I never used them anyways.
The on screen menu is way better on the Denon. It also has a on screen overlay when changing the volume. The NAD does not so you just have to go by the actual sound itself if the AVR is out of sight.
The remote on the NAD is comparable to the Denon, I like the light up feature EXCEPT for the fact that bass heads (such as myself) will find that bass will make the remote light up due to the vibration.
The fit and finish of NAD seems to be better than Denon.
I LOVE that you can save a couple of Dirac curves and it can use them on the fly.
I use external amps so I can't really comment on the on-board amp. other than using them for surrounds.
The multi-sub output on the Denon is better since NAD treats even the 2 sub outputs as 1 on the 777. That being said the sound is still better than what Audyssey did with the multiple subs.
My best advice is consider all of the extra features / gimmics that the Denon has and if they appeal to you that would be your best choice. If the Dirac is something you are looking at I can say in my case it made a dramatic difference.