I have been slowly piecing together a home theater system over the last year and a half and have been researching and looking to add a capable receiver to the equation. I have Paradigm Studio 60's with a Rythmik F15HP sub and am using Klipsch Quintets for surrounds. I will be adding a CC-590 and upgrading surrounds further down the line. I plan to add another sub, but probably not for another couple years until after I've added the new receiver, center, surrounds and room treatments. Right now the system is still powered by a Denon 1912 that was used with the Quintets prior to upgrading to the Sudio 60's. While I was happy overall with the 1912, I am looking to upgrade to a better performing, more powerful AVR that also has Audyssey XT32.
-I listen to about 60% music and about 40% HT.
-My current room is about 18x10 with wood floors and an opening to the rest of the living room. This will be changing shortly as I will be moving in the next couple months to head to my next duty station.
-I currently am running a 5.1 setup with a phantom center. I have run 7.1 in the past when the room configuration allowed for it. Further down the line I may be interested in also adding front height or wides, but this would most likely not be feasible for another couple years.
I am considering either the Onkyo 818, the Denon 4311 or possibly waiting to find out more about the 4520.
I am able to get the 818 for about $800 after tax from an authorized dealer with an employee discount. The dealer no longer has the 4311 in stock so I would need to purchase it from somewhere else such as Electronics Expo or Vanns. The other option would be to wait for my place of employment to stock the 4520 and see what kind of a discount I can get. My guess is it will be about 40% off MSRP before tax.
My thinking right now is that the 818 is an excellent value especially at the $800 price point. I question if the performance difference would be worth $500+ difference in price of going with a 4311 or 4520. Would I be better off putting that money towards a center channel and room treatments? On the flip side I fear that I may regret "settling" for the 818 and end up feeling the need to upgrade significantly sooner than I would with a 4311 or 4520.
Thanks for reading my lengthy post and any thoughts, advice and opinions would be much appreciated.