I'm still using the system I bought in high school. An H/K receiver powering Paradigm Atoms. Still love it, but the receiver is getting flaky and the speakers don't fill the room the way they used to.
I'd like to buy myself a new receiver plus speakers, ideally bookshelf (mounted on stands), and possibly a sub. Room size is a city apartment.
However, I'm uneducated about current receivers and speakers. I'm also a bit cheap so was thinking of a decent receiver (Panny or Onk?) plus the budget Pioneers everyone likes, or just some bigger Paradigms. That said, I have a feeling folks here can educate me well.
My needs are pretty basic:
- Speakers will stay 2.0/2.1 for a while, maybe go up to 3.1
- Once I move I may head up to 5.1; probably never see 7.1
- Primary usage is music via CD or FLAC (via HTPC); secondary is TV/movies
- I do like radio and would like an HD radio option, although this seems unpopular nowadays
Input needs are:
- 4x HDMI: TV, XBOX, HTPC, Cable
- 2x RCA: Old CD player, aux-in for guest iPods
- 1 or 2 digital: secondary HTPC input, HD-radio tuner if separate
I don't currently use video switching, but I'd like to with all my HDMI stuff. I don't need upconverting - just passthru that works.
A/B speakers are nice (I don't currently use it, but probably will).
Control-wise, I'd like to make sure there's a possibility to use a tablet to control. That seems like I'm needing an ethernet port, then. I don't need the receiver to be able to play files directly from a NAS or file share, but I'll take it as a bonus.
Powerwise, I live in a city apartment, so I'm not worried there.
I do use a switched power port on the back to power a cd player, and probably would for a sub if any sub purchase doesn't have auto shut off. So that would be handy.
And I'm cheap. I'd like to spend under $400 on speakers and under $400 on the receiver. Well under on both would be awesome, but I value some good sound and also the featureset above. I don't mind going used to lower price, though. Or waiting for a once-in-a-while sale. Reasonable expansion to a matched sub+center is gravy.
I'd like to go as cheap as possible while getting my hd radio and bells/whistles (iPad / Android remote app, for example). Any suggestions?