In my single days this would have not been a question I would even ask...I would just buy not worry about the money involved. Thats how I ended up with the AVR-5600.
Many moons have passed since I bought the AVR-5600. I was single then so money was not a concern, well, at least how it was allocated was all up to me. Married with three children now so I have to make compromise. My ONLY gripe about the 5600 is that it does not decode DTS from bluray so I end up watching most of them in, gasp, ProLogic!
We are building a new home now and I will have a dedicated media room. The 5600 will go into the game room where is will live out its useful life. I need a new unit for my theater. There is an AVR4806 used I can get for 300. As best I can tell its basically the 5600 with HDMI outs and DTS capability plus some other minor upgrades. I am reading there is a difference between the 4806 and 4806ci and the only one that has me concerned is the 1080P bits. From what I understand the plain 4806 will not pass 1080P signal but the 4608ci will. It seems as if either will upscale any video input to 1080 (i or p depending) How can I tell them apart? Seems like they came with different remotes. On Denon's site the pictures of both look identical otherwise and I didnt see "ci" anywhere on the unit...which doesnt mean much I suppose?
I know in the grand scheme of things this is only a step or two forward from the 5600 but its also about all I really need. What I might give up in features from going with a current production like the X3000 is to me outweighed by better amplification and resulting sound in the older 4608...which in my estimation is likely about the same as the 5600? If I am not mistaken it too has separate power supplies and amps like the 5600? Benefit as well is I can pick up the 4806 for the asking price of $300 but likely less since they did say "OBO" Saving some money in this transition is not a small thing, we ARE building a new house so every nickle counts. I am selling some studio lights next week and the proceeds will buy some additional surrounds to match what I have as well as a pair of fronts to move with the 5600. The remainder after that is $200 so I would come up with very little to make this happen.
So that brings me to the next question. The AVR-3000. It sure looks to have a lot more "features" but a feature is not always a benefit. If you dont use it then its not a benefit. It seems to me the only real "benefit" I would appreciate is a few more HDMI inputs. I said "benefit" because it would be nice to have everything switched through the receiver but it is an easy enough work around and I am doing it presently with my Harmony remote. When I change activities it switches the input on the TV as needed. I presently only have three input devices but I could see two more, maybe three, in the future. The new TV I am getting has four so I have my needs met in this regard and it has the smart features as well so I wouldnt need them in the reciever for netflix and such. What else would I get that might tip the scales to a new unit vs a solid old one.
So, a lot to answer...
Get the 4806? Or only if its a "ci", (1080p is a deal breaker!)? And enjoy better sound while saving some coin in either case
Or is the AVR-x3000 really a much better unit with more current tech and really will sound just as good, despite having less power and what surely has to be less clean amplification since its got a shared power supply?
This could all be a moot point, I just discovered the 10 day old ad on craigslist. It could be gone already or gone when I get to a decision...and it could be silver like the picture they pulled from the web which I really dont like.