First let me say sorry for making another one of these "which should I buy" threads...
A little background: I've been using the same over 10 year old Sony receiver and am finally looking to upgrade since I recently purchased a 65" Panasonic VT60. So, I've only been getting regular DTS or Dolby Digital through optical inputs and think it's finally time to spend the money and upgrade.
I had been thinking about separates but thought they cost too much. However, with Emotiva's sale for the UMC200 and UPA700 I've decided it's time to act and I'm considering getting those. I'm just looking for any advice and multiple points of view as to what would be best for me to buy.
I would say my budget is the cost of that Emotiva combo, so $800. I have a 5.1 setup at the moment consisting of JBL S310 II floor standing speakers, a JBL S-Center II, JBL S36 II for surrounds, and a 12" JBL Sub. I'll be plugging my cable box, Xbox One, and PS3 into the receiver or processor.
I've been trying to do research on other brands such as Onkyo, Yamaha, and Denon before the deadline this Thursday to decide if I'm going to go w/ the Emotiva combo, or get a receiver from one of those other companies. I've seen the Onkyo 727 is in my price range, as well as the Denon X2000. I was looking at Yamaha's website but they have so many different categories for their receivers and options it was hard to narrow their options down. I'm also considering Pioneer but have yet to look into the specifics of their different models.
So with my main priority being sound quality, and not really caring about the "extra features" like streaming or airplay etc. what would you recommend I get that falls within that $800 budget? The Emotiva combo, or a receiver from another company?
Thanks for the help