Hello everyone I am new on these forums and need some serious HELP on getting a receiver. Any help is greatly appreciated!!!
I am deciding between Pioneer, Yamaha, Denon and maybe Onkyo.
I've been told its best to look at the Elites for Pioneer, Aventage for Yamaha and In Command for Denon? Is this true? Are the builds of them that much better?
My plan is to spend a bit more on the receiver that will last me many years, and get a cheaper $250 speaker package for now and upgrade those later.
I will list my wanted features but first, what is the real difference between the Yamaha RX-V773WA and the Yamaha RX-A720?
The former is normally $800 on amazon but right now I can get it with a polk $250 (polk) speaker package for $800.
The Yamaha RX-A720 is $650.
I own a Panasonic 55inch LED E50. I plan to get an apple tv and maybe a WD Live box. I really only plan on using online/ downloaded movies, not actual discs ever.
My primary use will be for movies but I also will listen to music on it quite a bit.
Some feature questions/ do I need these:
4k passthrough/ upscaling?
Auto Lip-Sync - does this actually work well?
what is Deep Color/x.v.Color/24Hz Refresh Rate all about?
Is Audyssey worth it?
A big question - THX - is it worth it? I know a lot of people say its just a useless badge, a lot of others argue you can really hear the difference.
- side question, why are there so many cheap onkyo receivers that have THX?
Dialogue Lift and Dialogue Level Adjustment - is this worth while?
Compressed Music Enhancer?
Features I want to have for sure:
A second zone - question about this. Do some receivers let you only play the same thing (source) on both zones when some let you play separate sources and a separate control?
-I'm confused that some of these "second zones" need another power source or amp vs some receivers you don't is that right?
-also I noticed some receivers have even 3 zones with 2 video outs as well - would it be worth getting this as well for the future when I want to expand?
- I generally am having a hard time figuring out which of these brands I mentioned have the best extra zone functionality
Pandora - but not essential.
I would like a good quality remote app to control it from my iphone - not sure if they differ much between brands.
Ones I'm looking at (feel free to make me aware of any others though):
Prices are from Amazon
Yamaha RX-V573 $500
Yamaha RX-V673 $600 and comes with the Jamo S-426 HCS-3 5 speakers
Yamaha RX-V773WA $800 and comes with Polk Audio RM705 5.1 speakers
Yamaha RX-A720 $650
Pioneer Elite VSX-42 $450 (from best buy)
Pioneer Elite VSX-60 $650 - I heard the on sc
Pioneer Elite VSX-53 $Seen it as low as 700
Denon AVR-1913 $579
Denon AVR-2113CI $650 - seems to have quite a bit bad reviews
Denon AVR-2313CI - this one maybe be above my budget at $900, but could maybe get it used or refurbished for around 600
Are any of those speaker packages decent?
Please let me know anything you think I should care about that I am not yet aware of like video processing, the differences in power or amps or whatever.
Thank you so much for anyones help!