Looking for an opinion. Currently debating between 5 AVRs. Onkyo nr818 or nr717 vs. Denon x2000, x3000, x4000
For my current setup I have 5.1 polk setup with bic f12 sub. My speakers are the new polk monitor II series... L and R are 75ts, Center is 25c, and rears of 45b. getting two more(35b) for 7.1 may work out one day.
I have a Denon avr-790 but I am having to sell it because it doesn't support 3d for my new projector I have on order with AVS (sony hw50es)
What I am curious is the nr818, x3000, and x4000 overkill for me? other than the PiP that the x3000/x4000 has, is it worth picking the x3000 or x4000 for the higher wattage per channel or is it wasting money? I won't be using the multizone feature on any AVR.
I guess the days of raw power AVRs with no "smart apps" is over. I feel like I am paying more for the apps, than what I actually want it to do, pass 3d to my new hw50es sony projector and blare my games and movies loud.
Picking any of them for their higher wattage per channel would not be a good decision, no, as their power differences will be moot in real world application, The 818 and the X4000 will offer the best audio fidelity as they use the most advanced version of Audyssey MultEQ XT32.
How much are you wanting to spend? Sub $1000? $1000+? Even sub a $1000 I'd look at the NAD T748 or Cambridge 351R, Anthem MRX-300 have been marked down under a $1000 with the new models on the way out. If you can go over a $1000 look into Cambridge, NAD, Anthem and Arcam... Also don't be put off by the power numbers on those brands as they show the true numbers others like the feature loaded brands that don't tell the truth about the real power or lack of it in theirs.