I've owned some semi nice speakers for years but have had an underpowered receiver powering them the entire time. I'm ready to upgrade to a mid-level receiver and my head is swirling with the options.
Here's my setup:
2 RTi8's in front (Recommended Amplifier Power 20-250 w/channel): http://www.polkaudio.com/homeaudio/specs/recent/rti8/
2 RTi6's in rear (Recommended Amplifier Power 20-125 w/channel): http://www.polkaudio.com/homeaudio/specs/recent/rti6/
CSi3 in center (Recommended Amplifier Power 20-180 w/channel): http://www.polkaudio.com/homeaudio/specs/recent/csi3/
Subwoofer: Velodyne DLS-4000R (200 watts continuous watts) http://www.velodyne.com/products/pro...2&sid=604k730i
1 and only input at the moment is a PS3 and eventually will be HD AT&T Uverse.
TV: Samsung PN50A650
Now I'm looking at spending anywhere from $500 to $800 AFTER discounts. I'm not going to be paying full price for anything. I am even considering a refurb model from various sites I've seen.
I've seen a few brand names: Onkyo, Pioneer Elite, Marantz, Yamaha, and Denon that seem to be top dogs. Why does no one really talk about Harman Kardon? Are they not a serious top player anymore? The units look awesome and cost some money so I figured more people would have them.
Anyways, my 2 front speakers can handle up to 250 watts so I'd like to maybe somehow get those powered close to that range to take full advantage of them. But the rears are the lower wattage at 125 per channel.
So what is everyone's advice for different receivers that would match my setup? It's mainly going to be used for movies, games, TV, and listening to all genres of music. I really think Onkyo's receviers are ugly as sin compared to all of the other brands but I am more concerned with Price, Features, Reliability, and Performance than looks.
Contenders from each Manufacturer:Onkyo SR-806 http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-SR806...9227311&sr=8-1Harman/Kardon 354 http://www.amazon.com/Harman-Kardon-...9227341&sr=1-1Pioneer Elite VSX-03TXH http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-VSX-03...9227412&sr=1-8Marantz SR 5003 http://www.amazon.com/Marantz-theate...9227864&sr=8-1Denon AVR-2309CI http://www.amazon.com/Denon-AVR-2309...9228067&sr=8-2
Not sure about which Yamaha yet. Haven't found refurbs yet.