I just want to start by saying you are all the reason I still don't have a HTIB and am striving for a great quality system for the money. I am building a "budget" theater system and am able to get a discount from my brother who works at Best Buy (otherwise I would buy everything online.) I have decided to go with:
Speakers: 4x Energy CB-5
Center: Definitive Technology ProCenter 1000
Subwoofer: BIC F12
TV: Already own a 52" Sony XBR9
I am now trying to decide on a receiver. At first I did not want 7.1 as my room is big enough for only 5.1 in my opinion. I was trying to stay away from Onkyo due to heat issues and really like Denon, Pioneer, and Yamaha. I think I have narrowed it down to Denon as my brother does get a good discount on them. Now I am trying to figure which one would suit my needs.
1) The Denon AVR1611 only has 75 watts per channel where the 1911 has 90 watts per channel. With the Energy speakers handling up to 100 watts, would I be "underloading" (if thats a word) the speakers by going with only 75 watts of power?
2) Other than the watts per channel, I see that the 1911 has "HD Radio". I don't know how useful that would be for me. Does it have any other main differences worth noting. I have a PS3 for Bluray and movies. I also have a HDMI cable box and a Wii hooked up.
3) the Denon website states that the 1611 has a "5 channel stereo" mode where the 1911 doesn't. What is the use of that and why wouldn't the 1911 have that?
4) Lastly, does the 1911 "upconvert" or "upscale" better than the 1611? I have a 52" Sony XBR9 so I am not sure if that would end up upscaling better than either.
Thanks in advance for all of your help. If anyone has any other suggestions as far as components I am open to them. I am excited about being able to rub my system in my friend's face (he has a Bose)