Processor vs. AVR which is best?
Budget less than $1,500
I already own a McIntosh six channel power amplifier and a powered sub. I have no interest in having anything more than a 5.1 system. I recently sold my Denon receiver and enjoyed the ton of features but bypassed the internal amps in favor of the Mac. Anyway, I sold the Denon because of too many issues with the HDMI board crapping out on me - thinking of getting a Yamaha receiver for more reliability - but - also thinking about getting just a pure processor for 5.1 surround.
I do need HDMI pass through functionality for those days when I just want to listen to my TV without the entire surround system "on". I have a Sony Bravia TV, Roku and Blu Ray player. I never listen to Pandora at home.
Any recs? Seems like a Processor is a pure watered down version of a receiver - so what is the real advantage of just a pure processor vs a receiver packed with a ton of features?