Originally Posted by ChicagoChris
Researching AVR's to replace my aging 3801. Not really planning on going to 7.1 (WAF and space constraints).
If I am running a standard 5.1 setup, do you all think the 4520CI is overkill for what I have or should I look at something like a x4000 or perhaps something else? The 4520CI looks like a smokin hot deal on a great AVR.
I tend to keep these receivers for a while and looking for excellent sound for my new Goldenear Sat3s and Sat 5.
First of all, Go Bulls!
Secondly, you didn't provide any details about your requirements or listening/viewing habits, so by definition both the 4520 and the X4000 would be overkill for a 5.1 speaker setup; however, that doesn't mean that either one is not suitable or a terrific bargain at the currently discounted clearance prices.
Given that you seem to anticipate wanting to hold on to whatever AVR you get for more than a few years, I would suggest that you consider purchasing a newer model since the older units will tend to become obsolete sooner. It would appear that you are budgeting at least $800 to $1000 for the purchase; if you could go a couple hundred higher you could score the X4100, which offers the latest and most advanced technology in D&M models (Bluetooth, wireless, Audyssey MultEQ XT32, et al) in addition to Dolby Atmos. Although WAF and space constraints may be currently preventing you from expanding your listener-level speakers beyond 5.1, those issues can be circumvented for the addition of height speakers via in-ceiling installation or Atmos-enabled upfiring modules allowing you the potential to go to 5.1.4 in the future. If you use your system for much movie-watching, I would give the Multidimensional Audio factor strong consideration when shopping for a new, long-term AVR.