I am trying to find the best receiver for my needs, which are probably different than most of you. I am more interested in getting the best sounding music than I having amazing, wall shattering sound for my blu-ray movies. Dont get wrong, I would like to have a nice surround sound, but I am more interested in the quality of the sound for listening to music...this is my priority. I want to be able to hear/feel the kick drum like it is in the same room as me (not just feel a heavy but cheap boom from the bass). I also want to be able to clearly hear a singer's voice(s) and identify all the various instruments.
Most of my music, dvd and blu-ray watching will come through my HTPC. I have a number of high quality audio/video outputs and will purchase any new audio card needed to support my listening needs (for music or video).
I was considering getting the Marantz SR6003 or Onkyo TX-SR806. I almost pulled the trigger last Friday and decided to wait. When I decided to go ahead an buy the Marantz a day later I see that both receivers have now jumped up price by ~$300...this is almost full price. I would like to stay under $700 and I am considering the TX-SR606 at this point, or maybe the TX-SR607. I really need some advice though.
What would you suggest in this scenario?
I have posted a similar message on another board and have heard I should sway away from Onkyo due to my interest in music, but I still need help finding an optimal receiver.