Hello all, time for me to ask for some help please.
I have spent a few months now reading up on this forum about all the pros and cons of the different A/V Receivers available and have started to hit a brick wall through confusion as to what I want it to do and as to what is going to work the best for me.
I am aware that it is not possible to future proof beyond the 5 year mark, but I would like a piece of kit that would last longer than 5 years and stand by me!!
What I want from the system:
7.1 surround sound;
Good sound quality for listening to stereo sound music, movies, with a side order of some gaming from ps3 & wii and the usual television;
About 4 HDMI inputs (Not so worried about other inputs as these are usually covered nicely when you have 4 HDMI inputs!!);
Internet radio (through network card).
I think those are my main requests. The internet radio came in as an after thought because no-one seems to provide DABS therefore with an eye for future proofing having internet radio would solve this. Also the fact that I can therefore network my AVR would mean a lot to me as I am keen with computers and have a network setup at home.
Interested in the following AVR:
Pioneer SC-LX72 (I think this is the same as the Elite SC-27)
I am aware that the bottom 2 do not have networking capabilities, but this is where I was initially looking.
One thing that has put me off the Marantz sr6004 are the stories of the "Pop of death" although I am aware that it is very good at dealing with stereo music. In addition the fact that it is only better at analog audio as opposed to the digital audio as a main difference between the Marantz sr6004 and the Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K. The other key difference that appears to me is that the Pioneer is more user friendly.
I know very little about Onkyo, aside from the fact that they are good machines, but they also run very hot.
The other factor to mention is that to begin with I will be putting this AVR with some Kef iQ70/iQ90 at the front and a Kef center speaker with a hold on buying new speakers for the rest of the surround sound experience when I have a bit more money, but I will probably keep them as Kef.
1. I think my main point is, are there other key features that I should really concentrate on?
2. Are there any key points that people know about that make one of the above stand out amongst the rest?
3. Is there one company that has brilliant/crap customer service and support?
4. Even though money is not such an issue, is there one which is good/bad value for money?
I think that this should do to begin with and must apologies for the length of this post, but thought I should put as much information in as possible.
I wait with baited breath for your knowledge and leadership and thanks in advance.