I have a question. I currently have a sherwood r972 with pre outs to an emotiva upa5. I love the sound of this, and it can get way louder than I'm comfortable with in an apartment. The problem with the r972 is that it is putting out with ever greater frequency a pink gray noise, or makes everything on the screen look like they are made out of 1/2" by 1/2" pixels. I'm assuming it's an hdmi issue, but not sure, and can't find any firmware updates for it. It is getting really old having to constantly restart it to get rid of the noise, and almost to the point of unbearable. I don't know if I'm willing to endure this until Sept. or Oct for the atmos boxes. I have not run trinnov, and won't since I'm going to trash it, and don't want to miss it. I want xt32, and lfc in my next box which lands me squarely on denon. The question is would the x4000 with the upa 5 be a lateral move or an upgrade in sound quality. Likewise with the 4520, and would the 4520 amps be better than the upa 5 considering the upa 5 would most likely get me a call from the landlord or a visit from the police if I ran it anywhere near the volume it's capable of. I like the sound of the emotiva better than the sherwood amps. Also is the sound quality of the 4520 with the higher resolution dacs better than the x4000, and would it be better than the sherwood? I've never owned a denon, but am leaning in that direction with a slight inclination towards the anthem mrx 510, but need a way to tame bass, and unsure if anthem arc can do that like aydyssey lfc can.
Thanks in advance for any light anyone might be able to shed on this.
Last edited by cranster; 07-30-2014 at 04:54 AM.