I'm in the market for a receiver, and I was hoping I could get some advise.
I want to invest and get an receiver that I can use long term. My old Kenwood did last me +5 years, and I'm thinking an Onkyo or Denon will easily top that amount.
I do not have any speakers, aside from some very older / cheap style. My budget won't allow me to buy any speakers until later in the year.
I run a NAS and most of my music is FLAC, some MP3. This accounts for 75% of my collection. 25% is turntable vinyl.
My front end will be XBMC Live, through a think pad (DVI, Digital Coaxial, 3.5 mm) and I'll also run over my second HTPC, HDMI/3.5 mmm.
Some movies and shows as well.
My budget is 500 - 1000$, the more I spend, the longer till speaker upgrades.
AVR-3311 <- Demo unit on sale @ 799$
tx-nr609 (Onkyo) <- Clearly the best bang for the buck.
Would the 3311 handle FLAC over Ethernet ?
Lastly, I'm in an appartment, so I will likely run 5.1 for movies, but more frequently Stereo for tunes. One day in a house, I'll move to a 7.1 (or 2) setup.
My overlining question is: MultEQ, what and why/why not. From what I understand, it helps adjust the high/mid/lows during playback, on the fly, for the most enjoyable experience.
Is this something that I NEED to invest in +10 years, or does the 2EQ variant feature offer the same benefits?
Thanks for your opinions.