I must say that I really can not image how much a "better" SSP would make this room. I have watched a couple of movies and the sound using my Integra 80.2 is incredibly good.
I have very low expectations that any other SSP (regardless of price) is going to get me much further down the audio nirvana highway.
We shall see. I have never enjoyed an audio system as much as I do the all Seaton system in the almost 50 years I have been into the hobby/addiction. Easily the most fun.
I can appreciate this, and I also appreciate your candor. Everyone should pay attention when audioguy points this out.
Make no mistake, products like Dirac or Trinnov are interesting and powerful to the experience.
However, all too often too many enthusiasts get caught up in upgradeitis for gear, we've all been there. As audioguy knows, what really differentiates systems from one another is loudspeakers, the room, and the proper blending and optimization of the two.
Stating his low expectations illustrates his experience with such things. Already possessing a highly capable loudspeaker/sub system, leaves the room, and just like the previous room, it would appear the room is well executed.
Electronics does matter, but as long as they're competently designed .. they don't matter much relative to the speaker/room interface. As long as the gear is reasonably transparent (modern DACs/DSP is great), and there's no egregious errors in the signal path, the aforementioned room acoustics, speakers and blending is dramatically more important. The gear does matter, but it's a matter of degree.
All said, a new SSP on it's own isn't going to change much. Now DSP products like Dirac can create interesting changes to the experience. Although I've read a lot about both Trinnov and Dirac DSP, I've not used them extensively enough to comment specifically on what each offers and how they differ from Audyssey. But given the right tools (EQ, time alignment) hands on tuning and an acoustically sound room, can be as spectacular as any DSP correction can be.
Point being, audioguy's room is fine, his speaker system is fine, he's knowledgeable in set-up and tuning, so he's right on point in expressing reservations with regard to possible improvement of a new piece of gear, ... and that's refreshing. Again, others should pay attention, good stuff.
(so many leave so much potential performance on the table pursuing flavor of the month gear/subs, etc., when their room is in dire need of attention)