Briefly, I am interested in stereo audio only - No video, No games, Just audio.
A) 2 Floor-standing Polk audio speakers - rear
B) 2 Wall-mounted Sony bookshelf speakers - front
C) Klipsch subwoofer (300 watt internal amp)
I presently own a brand-new, never been used Denon AVR-2112CI - but have whined and complained on another thread about the Denon manual and the arcane setup
Although ages ago, I used to build my own tube amps and speakers, times have changed; such that all my past experience is now irrelevant. Recently an AV specialist told me that I had made a wrong purchase with the Denon 2112CI and that I should look for a dedicated stereo unit instead (Onkyo TX-8050 or the Integra DTM-40.4).
All three of these units are networkable, have optical inputs, and subwoofer pre-outs. I need all three. Obviously I also need to control volume, tone and balance (side to side, front to back).
Two such units would be the Onkyo TX-8050 and the much more expensive (about what I paid for with the Denon that I now have here) Integra DTM-40.4 (made by Onkyo kind of like Lexus is made by Toyota). Apparently these stereo receiver/amps support two sets of speakers and a subwoofer pre-out. Yikes! Things have changed.
Only two music sources will be used: Pandora internet radio (have an account) and FLAC tunes from one of my many computers (optical connect from HT Omega Claro sound card to receiver/amp or via the wired network).
Question: I have so much money already invested in speakers, computers, cables, etc. that I am willing to bite the bullet on amp/receiver pricing. Should I put the new/never used Denon up for sale and replace it with the equally expensive Integra or the much cheaper Onkyo. Will either of these two units give me better quality sound and fewer setup headaches than the Denon?
Footnote: I am now able to get a couple of speakers to belch out sound (finally) with the Denon but for an audiophile they sound like crap. Only a beginning though. I know I can do much better if I play with the Denon more and actually plow through the idiotic manual in greater detail.