Thank you for the answer. I have been doing some research - and hit a brick wall.
One thing I forgot to mention (I didn't even think about it) was that the receiver will need to run on 220V.
From what I have found, only Yamaha and Onkyo even make dual voltage receivers.
I wish I could get the Denon AVR-1712 as it seems to exactly fit my needs but I simply cannot
find a 220V version!
I can source the AVR-1912 (the international version with MultiEQ XT) at a decent prize.
Unfortunately I would be paying for stuff I really don'tneed, such as all the internet streaming capabilities.
To think the AVR-1712 would only be 2/3 of that price (at 110V only) absolutely kills me.
The only US-based websites selling 220V A/V receivers that I'm aware of are:www.220-electronics.com/www.world-import.comwww.jkrnet.com
Unfortunately it seems to me that most of their products in <$500 are a bit lackluster. From reading many reviews, my impression is:
- Onkyo <$500 tends to offer more bells & whistles but also far more "hiccups"
- Yamaha <$500 are too expensive for the feature set offered.
Am I wrong?
So if I have
to pick one the receivers from the above sites, what would you recommend?
- Get the AVR-1912 even if it's "overkill" in terms of bells and whistles (but gives sweet, sweet 7.1 @ 90W and MultiEQ XT)?
- What about the AVR-1612? (The **OFFICIAL** Denon AVR-XX12 Model Owner's Thread strongly recommends skipping this model for the AVR-1712...)
- Buy the AVR-1712 as a 110V model and use it forever with a transformer - but where's the savings in that!
One more thing: do these Yamaha models offer 110/220V switching as a standard, or are those special models?
(i.e. could I buy the same thing from cheaper outlets and still get 220V?)