I could really use some help in trying to decide on some new AVR's for my living room and bedroom systems.
I finally upgraded the displays in these rooms to Panasonic TC-P50G10's in both rooms so I can now do HDMI all the way and get rid of the nest of component cables, toslink cables, etc.
I currently have an old school Yamaha RXV-2095 in the living room and a Pioneer VSX-815-K in the bedroom.
I have been leaning towards replacing them both with the Pioneer vsx-1020-k. The current street price on these is extremely attractive. J&R just had these in stock a couple of days ago but now they seem to have disappeared from their site?
The only real issues I have with this reciever are the lack of decoded pre-outs and the cheesy spring clip speaker terminals for the surround back. Why didn't they use binding posts for all the outputs? Grrr..
But... what are the advantages/disadvantages to setting up the front wide versus the rear back surrounds? The 815 is a 7.1 chan avr, but it only does the rear back surround. The rxv-2095 is a 5.1 chan avr with 2 added "effect" channels powered by yamaha's proprietary DSP chip - essentially simulating the front wide effect.
In other words, is it better to set up a front-wide setup or a rear surround back setup?
Any other options for around the same money as the pioneer 1020 that would be better? I also considered the 1120, but it's price is significantly more than the 1020 for not more features other than the pre-outs.
Now, if the 1120 decoded and supplied signals for all of the outputs including both the rear back and the front wide that would be cool. Then I could just add an outboard amp and get all 9 channels. That would make the extra cost of this receiver worthwhile. Hmmm.. actually.. maybe I will ask this question in the 1120 thread.