I have a rather old surround sound setup. The "heart" of which is a Pioneer VSX-462S. The front channel is a pair of Technic tower speakers (SBA-28) rated at 240W @ 8ohms each. Rear speakers are Kenwood's (CRS-300) at 40W each @ 8 ohms, and the center channel (yes, glorious 4.1? surround, from a Dolby Pro-logic I capable receiver) is a Kenwood (CRS-300) at 100W @ 8 ohms.
I realize that my setup is fairly ancient. I've been planning on replacing it for quite some time. What I'd like to do is keep the speakers if at all possible. But from the (somewhat limited) research I've done so far tells me that most affordable receivers these days will only put out half, or just over half the power these speakers are rated for, and that its better to have an over powered amp, rather than an underpowered amp. What gets me is that the prices for receivers that can go anywhere near 240W per channel starts getting pretty (imo) ridiculous. I don't actually know how much this receiver was brand new, but I can't imagine it was anywhere near what a 240W/channel capable receiver is these days (of course I could be wrong, I really don't know).
I really do like the volume this system can push out without any really noticeable artifacts. Its also rather clear at any normal volume level. I've yet to experience this setup with the volume knob turned much past half way (At least while I'm inside the building).
To me, clarity at any volume level is pretty important. I can not stand clipping. I also don't much like too much bass or treble. I might just be an audio snob, but not to such a degree that I'll spend $10k or more on an entire system
(5k /maybe/, and that includes a TV).
Basically this new system I want to put together would be my first. I inherited this old stuff from a family member when he moved.
I guess my basic requirements in a receiver are:
1. It has to sound clear and crisp (I know this is a subjective description, but I can't think of an objective way to explain it), clipping, too much bass, or other artifacts annoy the crap out of me.
2. It needs to be able to get loud for movies and such, BUT and its a big but, vocals and music still needs to be audible over bass. and at lower volumes, it can't sound too trebley (is that even a word?).
3. I would very much like good analog to digital video up-scaling, composite or component video input is a must.
4. At least 3-4 HDMI inputs.
5. lots of building shaking bass is nice, but as per above, I'd still like to be able to hear the rest of the audio over it.
6. It should sound better than what I have, especially the surround sound. I imagine this isn't too hard to manage, ProLogic is pretty crap.
1. Should I keep or replace my old speakers.
1 a. If I keep them, is there a reasonably priced receiver that can drive them properly?
1 b. if I should get new speakers, what's good yet not wallet killing?
2. What is a good, yet reasonably priced ($1-2k?) receiver with (GOOD) analog->digital upscaling is good?
Please keep in mind I'm rather stingy. So plopping $5k or more (I'd prefer to stick to $2k or less tbh) on just the receiver and speakers is likely a no-go for me.
I'm open to (almost any) suggestions
append: I apologize if this is the wrong forum section. I think I had intended to have more info/questions about my entire setup, rather than just my receiver and speakers. If it does belong in the receiver section, I'd like to ask a mod to move this thread. If that doesn't happen on this forum, I can repost to the receiver section, but I don't think its a great idea to double post like that.