Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Florida (don't hold it against me)
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I'm going to be moving soon and am faced with a decision. I currently have a Denon AVR-1800 which has pre-outs and runs at 75w x 5 channels. I'm going to be upgrading the front home theater speakers to either PSB Image T6's, Jamo C607s or Monitor Audio BX6's. The surrounds will have to be in-ceiling because there is no direct wall in the back and the WAF. The great room is 18x20, but it's open into other rooms, so I have to take that into consideration. I know that the 1800 doesn't have the power to drive the new speakers, so I have two options. I can either keep it and add an external amp like an Emotiva for the fronts and center channel and let the receiver handle the two surrounds, or I can sell the receiver and upgrade. I was thinking a Yamaha RX-A820 from last year or maybe a newer Denon. I would like to not need an external amp, and my budget is really up to $700 for a new AVR. That said, I wouldn't mind having the option to add an external amp later if I find it's needed. I know with the Yamaha, for example, I can bi-wire the front speakers to at least let the woofers get their own juice. It really bugs me that they drop pre-outs on all but the upper end models now. The problem (if you want to call it that) with keeping my current receiver is that I can't take advantage of all of the new bells and whistles in the new AVRs, like HDMI switching, etc. Which isn't a show-stopper....it's just that new is always better, right? (*sarcasm*).
I am really torn on this, so I need some input! It would be used 75% movies/25% music. I don't listen at stupid loud volumes because I have a baby, but when I'm home alone, it's definitely getting cranked.