Originally Posted by jasco999
Trying to decide between an Integra 80.3 or Marantz 8801 with a used amp, I've seen Parasound Halo A52 for around $900. Or a receiver like Denon 4520ci, NAD T787, Pioneer SC68 with a 5 channel amp or not? I'm driving Definitive Technology BP2000 for L/R with def tech r/l/c 2000 center and def tech rears. My prior equipment was a Conrad-Johnson mf5600 and Lexicon DC-2 that worked without any issues for 12-14 years. I was happy with the sound.
I have not purchased any equipment since I acquired that equipment, I've been surfing the forums trying to get acquainted with the current equipment for a week and I'm pretty confused. I've never had a receiver before. What is worry some is all the problems members have reported with reliability. I read about people having units that fail or start malfunctioning in a short time frame. Has the equipment become so complicated that this is now a fact of life?
I am interested in having Audyssey MultEQ XT32 that I've never had before. I'm also seeing a lot about Emotiva amps that seem like a very good value. Will the XPA-5 sound as good as my former Conrad Johnson, and would it sound better than the amplifier section of the receivers I'm considering?
I understand my speakers are 8 ohm and the sensitivity is 90 Db. From what I understand that is not a difficult load to drive. My use is almost exclusively Directv or Internet streaming services.
I would appreciate some guidance from someone not trying to sell me equipment.
Things sure have changed over the years, haven't they?
In the past 10 years, consumer electronics have steadily transitioned to more and more use of computer technology. This, along with efficiencies in mass production have led to a homogonization in HT products. Receivers are a great example of this.
Today's crop of receivers are very inexpensive, and pack huge amounts of features into little black boxes. They largely compete on feature set, since there's little other astetics to differentiate differences in performance.
In nearly any "high end" receiver today, you're going to get:
An amplifier that is rated at 140+ wpc, but realistically puts out 80 watts into all channels.
Up to 11.2 surround sound decoding... There's only 1 blu ray that currently supports this.
Internet connectivity (pandora for example)
Networking functions (ability to connect to other devices on your network)
Room correction of some sort
Since these receivers are mass produced, and competition is high, you get all this at a low cost.
The gap between "high end" and "midrange" is larger than ever.
Only companies like ARCAM and NAD seem to actually compete on quality. Often having to omit features to compete with the big boys on price.