I'm looking for a stereo receiver for a 2.1 setup in the $300 range.
Oppo 980H as the CD player, and driving a pair of Swans Diva 4.2 speakers.
I plan to add a dedicated media server or Archos like device with high bitrate files, and a sub some time in the future.
I've narrowed down to the following, and would really appreciate some opinions on these choices:
HK3490 (for the DAC, not power)
Yamaha RX 397 or 497
Marantz SR4023 refurb.
Some questions as well:
- Given that I'll be using the Oppo, is there any value to getting the HK3490 just for its DAC ?
- I've come across a few posts complaining about weak bass in the HKs - are they justified ? I'm not looking to break windows, but do expect good tight bass.
- How reliable are the Marantz refurbs ?