Sorry in advance for the long post....I have recently moved into a new home which will have a dedicated media room which is 15x12. So far the setup will include a new Sharp LC-60EQ10U, Pionner Andrew Jones line of speakers with the FS52 for mains, SVS SB-1000 Subwoofer, Apple TV, PS3, and cable box. I have a Harman Kardon AVR230 receiver from an old setup. The remaining budget will allow for a new mid-range receiver while using my PS3 for a Blu Ray player or keep the HK receiver and go with an Oppo-103 which can be used for HDMI switching with the 2 HDMI input. The old receiver has both 7.1 analog inputs and output should I ever decide to upgrade to an external amp (possible Emotiva UPA-700). The HK is only rated at 50Wx7. I am only running 5.1 currently but plan to possibly upgrade in the future as the room is wired for front and rear speakers.
So, which would I be better off with? A new receiver or the Oppo? Would the room EQ in a new receiver be more beneficial or since the room layout is pretty basic would I be OK to setup the EQ on my own? I have never experienced Audyssey, YPAO, etc.
If going with a lower price receiver such as the Denon X1000 or Marantz NR1403 I could possibly do both but not sure if those would meet my needs long term.
If getting a new receiver, below are what I am considering as Best Buy/Magnolia are currently running a sale in store which is not reflected online.
Denon X1000 -$349 (only 5.1)
Denon X3000 - $699
Marantz SR5008 - $819
Marantz NR1403 - $379
Yamaha A-830 - $659
Yamaha A-1030 - $899
Thanks in advance for any assistance or input!
Later when 4k is more mature get the Oppo of choice then.
If you think your AVR is defective, refer to the Owner's manual and reset the microprocessor a few times in a row.
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