Originally Posted by roblutts
AJ, I currently have a 5.1 setup and will eventually go to 5.2, 7.2 at most. Don't see the need for 9.2. What would you recommend in an AVR/Power Amp setup with this budget +- a few hundred?
Hi Rob. Let me preface by saying that I probably had very similar requirements (as yours) a year or 2 back...and ended up buying a Yamaha RXA800 "Aventage", which I suppose now makes me a kood-aid drinking Yammy fanboy
To go with my 200w/ch Tripath amp (400/4ohm, stable to 2 ohms).
I got the Yamaha because, it had sufficient features I wanted, with enough future proofing where I still don't feel regret about the purchase. I only require 5 ch also, but superlative 2 ch was a must, as my ratio leans heavily to 2 ch vs HT.
The Yamaha had all connectivity, preouts all channels
and sufficient power amplification for the channels that I intended to use, which was center and surround only. That way the power supply rails needed only to be able to supply enough for 3 banks of output transistors in dynamic, not continuous fashion - since I listen to music and movies, not steady state signals (except when setting up and/or testing speakers)!
There are too many good HT receivers out there for me to know the intricacies of each, but my suggestion for your budget would be something like
the Yamaha RXA810 or 820, with pre-outs, enough connectivity, features, etc for you...and ample power reserves to drive just the surround, which tend to be distances much shorter than the mains. At even 1m closer, they would require (approx) 3db less power than your mains, to produce the same SPL given the same voltage sensitivity.
I would then opt for something like
the Emotiva XPA-3, with significantly more current reserve than the typical HT receiver, for the front 3 ch, or at least for the front 2, depending on your
requirements for 2 vs MCH reproduction, musical tastes, etc, etc.
of combo could/should lead to sonically superior performance with your mains, dependent upon your particular requirements for fidelity, levels and program choice (which we still don't know)....and remain within budget
Best of luck btw.