I have a "dilemma" and need pre-pro amp PLUS power amp equipment advice for our home theater; About 5 months ago we had a power surge that caused our flagship Yamaha receiver to go on the fritz (it's protection circuits kick in and shut the receiver off after it is turned on anywhere from 3 seconds to 3 hours after it is turned on without any rhyme or reason). Anyway, it has been deemed a total write off and our home owners insurance has offered to replace it.
Because our receiver was a 9.1 receiver, they have settled on replacing it with the Yamaha RX-Z11 (Retail list $5,300). Because of AVS, I know this unit has had some ongoing HDMI video problems and frankly, I think I want to avoid buying another all-in-one receiver because if one little thing goes wrong, the whole thing is kaput I explained this to the insurance people and they have told me that I can replace it with ANYTHING that will do the same thing (power our 9.1 AV system up to that amount. Here is the deal; we have a $5,300 spending limit and ONE YEAR TO MAKE OUR PURCHASES. This means, there is no "RUSH" to have to go out and get the first thing that comes along or the current technology.
A lot has changed technology wise in audio and video since our last purchase. We have some time and since I will never probably have these kind of funds to do this again, I want to do this right the first time and purchase the best bang for the buck I can for the money that will provide us with the best sounding/performing AV euipment for our home theater THAT WILL BE AS FUTURE PROOF AS POSSIBLE. This is the equipment we currently own:
Sony VPL-VW60 pj
Sony BDP-S550 Bluray player
STEWART 100 Firehawk SST Film Screen
Oppo 897 DVD player
Definitive Technology SC7001 main speakers
Def Tec 2002 Center Speaker (I would eventually like to purchase the C/L/R 1000)
Def Tec BXP (unpowered) Surrounds (rear surrounds and front L + R ambient surrounds)
Anyway, I am thinking about buying a super pre-pro with the best video switching and video enhancement/processing I can find along with the best audio processing I can find for (HDMI 1.3 or 1.4?) Some AVS members have talked about the new Onkyo pre-pro that is about to come out for this but I do not know because I have no experience with Onkyo and the new pre-pro only has ONE HDMI out (we have a projector and a TV and it would be nice to be able to have both on watching two different things) and besides, other new products are coming out. I am prepared to wait quite a while until they are on the market (Emotiva is coming out with a pre-pro but I do not know if it will be as good as the Onkyo or other pre-pros on the market.) I could even use a receiver to serve as the pre-pro but I do not know if this is a good option.
Denon is also coming out with some new receivers but after the Yamaha fiasco I do not think that would be wise to buy another all in one receiver and I have a feeling the system will sound better with separates. On top of that, I believe Onkyo's equipment tends to be over priced and overrated.
Regarding the POWER AMPLIFIERS, I had never herd of Emotiva before I came to AVS. I know that they are coming out with a new 7 channel amp that is 300 watts but I do not believe I need that much power. Nor do I know if it will sound as good as their other amps because it is going to be a "Class H" amplifier (what ever that means) but who knows?
I looked at Emotiva's web site and have been reading reviews. I thought of this as a possibility for the amp section of my set up. Is this a good idea or do you think I should look to another manufacturer, or power amp product or should I wait for Emotiva's new 7.1 amp and pre-pro to come out?
I thought of the following as a possible set up option:
Emotiva XP-a2 to power my front main speakers
Emotiva XPA-3 to power the front left and right ambient speakers along with powering the center speaker
Emotiva XPA-5 to power all of the remaining surround sound speakers.
The above provides enough separate power for a 10.1 system.
What do you think of the above as a set up? Please provide me your positive and negative (if any) responses to the above. Is it a good set up or should we wait for the new stuff from Emotiva or look elsewhere (I have always liked the sound of Bryston but it has always been financially way beyond our reach. How does Emotiva sound in comparison, any idea?)
I have never heard Emotiva amps before and would be taking other peoples word for how good they sound and since you are well acquainted with their equipment and own it yourself I thought I would contact you.
Someone on the forum strongly suggested the B&K 200.7 as a 7 channel amp that would be an alternative to the Emotivas. Since it is only a 7 channel amp I would need another amp to power my main speakers (Def Tec SC 7001's) What do you think of purchasing two B&K 200.7? This would power our mains and future-proof our system for any expansion of surround sound speakers. IF not, does anyone have any suggestions for a separate amp that could power our Def-Tec SC7001's?
As for the PRE AMP, Any suggestions? Several people have strongly recommended I go with the new ONKYO PRE-PRO amp that is going to be released soon. How does it stack up to Denon or any other company in that price range? I can only afford to do this once and need to make the right choices for the VERY LONG TERM.
I am in the ministry and this has never been a possibility before now. We have NEVER had the ability to spend this kind of money on the AV end of our system before and because of our financial situation we will probably never have this opportunity again so I need to buy right the first time.
I look forward to your input and equipment suggestions and advice.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and to respond.
P.S. We love our SONY VPL-VW60, is there a pre-pro out there that has video processing that can even make our pj's projected image even better? That would be helpful because I plan on holding onto it for a long time.