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.
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