Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: West Palm Beach, Florida
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Receiver Choice or Pre-Pro with "Bells and Whistles"
I believe that the Denon x4000 hits on all the bells and whistles that I would like, but I am wondering if I may be missing something. To stretch my budget I could go with a Marantz 7008. Yamaha 2030, or a Denon 4520. All but the Yamaha would come with the XT32 which is beneficial for me and my open/vaulted family room acoustical challenges.
Elsewhere I have read that choosing Anthem, CA, Arcam, or NAD receiver would deliver better "sound" with less bells and whistles. I believe that they are probably referring to a warm sound rather than harsh.
Finally I guess I could go with a Pre-pro like an Emotiva UMC 200 or Outlaw that could work with my old B&K AV 5000 series II (5 Channel amp 125 wpc) that produces that warm sound like the receivers above. I do realize that I would be giving up a few bells and whistles with this set-up but it would only cost $600. BTW are their any seperates that are reasonable that do have all the bells and whistles?
What I need for bells and whistles are as follows:
* Air Play
* Wi-Fi Networking (Android App/Spotify etc)
* 2 or 3 zones
* HDMI pass through
* 7.2 minimum (must have the ability to do wides)
* Video upscaling? Or do they only convert?
* Like to have 6 HDMI inputs can deal with less
* If receiver 7 or 9 on-board amps
* Room Correction + bass management
* Ability to play digital sources in stereo in the separate zones without having to supply a separate analog signal (I believe that only the Yamaha does this correctly)
Current set-up includes a Pioneer SC-25 that runs the surrounds and Zone 2 that is now sold to a friend (Do not care for MCACC). Using the B&K to run the front 3 and zone 3 in a traditional 5.1 with with Sonus Faber Grand Piano as the front 3, 2 Klipsch KSF5 2 way surrounds, and SVS 12 ultra sub. Additionally would like to add a pair of Fluance Bipoles or Klipsch Synergy's for the front Wide speakers.
While I like the bells and whistles from the first set of receivers, I do enjoy a more laid back sound from the second set. This leads me to believe that the Marantz would possibly be the best of both worlds, while the Pre-pro solution is still out there as well.
Thanks for any help!