I have a basic setup:
- 5.1 setup (not going to 7.1 anytime soon)
- Sharp Aquos TV
- Sony SACD/CD player
- PS3 for gaming and Blu-ray
- DirecTV DVR
- will be adding a turntable soon
I do also have home wifi and a PC with itunes and a lot of music (all lossless), but I'm ok playing CDs and SACDs.
My ancient Marantz receiver has died, so I need a new one. Sound quality is most important, with video quality not far behind. Basically, we watch DirecTV, Netflix, DVDs and Blu-rays, and listen to CDs and SACDs. My son plays video games.
My question is: What would you recommend as my new receiver for around $1000? I've been looking at the Marantz SR6006 or 6007, but I'm admitting right up front that I am no expert in any of this.
Either the 6006 or 6007 (or 5006/5007 for that matter) will feature the more advanced version of Audyssey MultEQ XT and would be preferred over the more basic MultEQ on the 1603. Also, an inexpensive 3rd party phono pre-amp can be purchased when the AVR does not have a dedicated PHONO input.
Note that the AC4L refurb still comes with a 1 year warranty from Marantz and if using a credit card, your card issuer may add a 2nd year as well (Amex will for sure, although to use Amex you have to go through Pay Pal as AC4L doesn't accept Amex). Also, the 3rd party warranty offered by AC4L is a worthwhile additional expense to consider.
You could get an Oppo for 1/3 of the price that also plays blurays, and put the money saved towards XT32.
Not to change the point of the thread, but I currently have a Sony NS755V, which has served me very well for years. I may just stick with it. I'm going with the Marantz 6007 amp - it does what I need it to do. I don't need blu-ray or a DVD player - I need something that will play CDs and SACDs as well as possible.
I'm open to any and all advice - I'll check out the Oppo. Which model?
As you can tell, I'm not an expert on any of this, by any means. I once was, but that was many years ago.