I have a very limited situation:
- Just the wife and I on a couch 10' from an HDTV. If somebody else visits, they just won't get optimal surround.
- Don't need internet radio (we're just there for the TV)
- Don't need to control it from out of state via smartphone (lol)
- Don't want wireless speakers (pay more for technology that has more problems??)
- Don't need 7.1 ... 5.1 is more than enough, without the hassle of placing yet another pair of speakers
- We do not need wall-rattling power; don't want to play it that loud.
- Realistically, we probably only watch 1 or 2 Blu-Ray movies a month where surround sound will really make a difference
- When we bought our $800 TV, it was a huge leap for us (we've had a 28" tube TV since 1996), so it was a shock to find that the speakers really suck and in fact we have to spend hundreds more to get surround. I suppose I should've realized it, but still... it's almost like we got ripped off and forced to pay hundreds more.
So, I'm looking for a wired 5.1 system that can handle 3D passthrough... but didn't want or expect to have to pay hundreds more. I already have a Blu-Ray. I don't want to spend much nor spend inordinate time picking pieces, so I think a Box solution is best.
I really like the idea of Audyssey; in addition to room balancing, it probably implies a level of system functionality. And this, where a company's more expensive lines probably "funded" their Audyssey implementation before it was in their cheaper models.
Power-saving features are a real plus; I hate invisible energy vampires, which home theater audio is practically by definition. (They typically use 80 - 90W even when completely silent or using headphones.) Auto Standby is a must, and anything better is a plus.
A couple of weeks ago, I started a thread asking if the Denon DHT-591BA was good for me
, but it turns out that Accessories4Less is now sold out of them. So now I am looking at the Onkyo HT-S7400
($300 refurbished at A4L).
The 7400 touts iPod and Internet radio features, which I do not need, so it's actually a bad thing - I'm paying for stuff I don't need. But I figure the actual (hardware) cost of it is small, and most any new system will have it (it's probably hard to unavoid now, except in rock-bottom systems).
But the 7400 appears to be discontinued, and A4L has a similar, current HT-S6500
but which sells for $420... I can't see any real difference here, so why would I want to pay more?
I can pay more than $300, but it would have to REALLY be worth it for our very limited situation.
Thanks if you can help! I think you guys are great, here!!