There's too many options! That can be a good thing (if you know what you're looking for) or it could be a bad thing (if you don't know what you're looking for). I'm trying to decide between going with an AVR or a pre/pro with separate power amps. The options are insane. I don't know what to do!
Here's some info that may help:
My wife and I are currently looking at lots and land to build on. In my house plan, I have a home theater. It's going to be roughly 15x20 or 16x22. I also do audio recording as a hobby, so I'm familiar with acoustic treatment and that kind of thing. Perhaps not in the context of home theaters but I will be able to understand it, I know that. I also know the difference between preamps, processors, and power amps. I'm good there. HOWEVER, all of my life, I've only ever used AVR's. I currently have a Yamaha 7.2 system. From what I have read, this AVR is underpowered. I'd like to upgrade when I start building out my room. I don't have to have a specific unit picked out yet, but I'd like a direction to go, at least.
To have a nice home theater that won't break the bank. Some of you guys have equipment that my wife would divorce me over. However, I do have SOME freedom to get something probably mid-level or so. I'm wanting to be able to hear crisp dialogue and I'd like to feel explosions as much as hear them. I do not, however, want my ears to bleed. I already have some high tone loss because of music. I sure don't need more.
I'd be okay with 9.2 because why not, but 7.1 is the lowest I'd go.
I currently have it in the plan to get the Epson 5030UB or the Sony VPL-HW40ES. For speakers, I was initially targeting Klipsch RF-82 stuff, but my research says there are other options (still too many options and I'll probably be asking this same thing about speakers later on!).
My current plan is to either DIY my own screen or just paint my wall. I MAY buy a screen depending on how things work out.
Anyway, I said all that to give you an idea of my limitations (money wise). I don't expect to be the best home theater around...I just want something respectable that my family and I can enjoy.
So what say ye, AVS? AVR or pre/pro & poweramps? I know it probably has a lot to do with opinion...and that's why this is hard to figure out.
I have done some research and it's looking more and more like my best bang for the buck is going to be in an AVR. I'm not sure going pre/pro and power amps would be cost effective for me. At least not right now. Maybe one day, though. So, AVR it is! Obviously I'm way ahead of myself on research vs buying. I won't be ready to buy for at least another 6 months. By then, though, there should be plenty of Atmos options with all my other requirements.
Based on my AVR research, some of my requirements are as follows:
- A good amount of nice clean power
- Controllable via an app on iPad
- Atmos ready
- At least 5 HDMI in's
- At least 1 HDMI out
- At least 7.1.2 and up to 9.2.4 (ideally 7.2.4)
- Networked (wifi not required but all of them come with it anyway)
- Very little complaints of failure of unit or other issues
Nice to have: