Hey guys. Short question; is Audyssey MultEQ XT significantly better than the non-XT version?
The longer question, if you're willing to help me, is deciding between the three options below. This is going in my living room (roughly 15'x15' with 20' ceilings, adjacent to open concept kitchen 15'x20'x10'), which is far from an ideal room for sound quality.
The only other invariable part of the equation (for now) is my speakers. I have a JBL SCS150 5.1 HTIB setup that used to be my dad's. So I'm keeping them partially for sentimental reasons, but also I have two young kids at home, so the fact that the satellites are small and mounted on the wall keeps them away from sticky toddler fingers.
1). Keep the ancient Pioneer VSX-D411 that is currently connected to my Samsung 85" Q7D by Toslink/optical cable. Due to the lack of HDMI-ARC I need to have line of sight to it and keeping my media cabinet open leaves it exposed to sticky toddler fingers, so an upgrade would be nice. However the tv doesn't support HDMI-eARC (might with future firmware update) so I'm not really missing out on significant audio codec support, just convenience of controlling it without line of sight. Keeping money in my pocket is always desirable.
2). Denon S750H, new. It has eARC support and Audyssey support (I have zero room correction currently). Don't need all 7 channels right now, but could possibly do 5.x.2 in the future. Was $___ at Costco but I took too long to decide, so it's at $___ right now. Will probably go back on sale eventually, I hope. I can wait.
3). Denon X1600H, refurbished. Audyssey MultEQ XT is the big difference. I don't really need the Zone 2 preouts. Power output is roughly the same. A4L has it refurbished for about $___ with 2 year warranty. Worldwide Stereo Outlet is selling it on their eBay store for $___ with one year warranty.
So what do you think? Is the room too awkward and speakers too basic for a receiver upgrade to matter?
Sorry for the length of this post. Thanks for any feedback.
Edit: prices removed.
Last edited by NotShorty; 11-14-2019 at 03:54 AM.