Budget 7.2 Channel AV Receiver Recommendations
My Onkyo NR609 died this week (HDMI Board issue, which apparently is very very common) and I'm in need of a replacement. I'm no expert (unlike many of you) but perhaps my requirements can narrow the field. My budget, if I had to say, would be $350-$600 but it's flexible.
The receiver is for a dedicated home theater used with:
-BenQ W6000 1080p Projector
-HTPC (Macbook Pro used in the winter months)
-Blu-ray player that doesn't get much use.
-IR repeater (I store all in components in a broom closet, I'm using 2 or 3 IR outputs, but I think it might be expandable to 6)
The space is large roughly 28 x 16'.
What I don't use/have
- Cable or satellite TV
- WiFi, Bluetooth, or streaming services built into the receiver (AppleTV and Sonos cover me there)
What I watch:
-Dialog heavy movies (often foreign so spoken word clarity is important)
-Low to Medium sound levels typically
I'm using Onkyo speakers which will be changed when the room is remodeled (Episode 500 In-Wall Speakers perhaps? Plus an in-wall subwoofer or 2)
I use Zone 2 (Powered) for outdoor Bose speakers running Sonos. If push comes to shove, I can just get a cheap $100 receiver to power Zone 2 separately if the only missing link in a contending receiver is the lack of a powered zone 2.
My thoughts on the Onkyo (with some not-so-great speakers)
- Dialog not as clear as I would like
- Surround sound was Meeeeh at best
- Zone 2 was a little painful to setup, so once set up I just left it on all the time (unhooked for winter though)
I'm a bit gun shy of Onkyo given the vast amount of HDMI issues. I don't have any experience with other brands, and very little experience with AV components as a whole.