Best AV receiver for my needs?
I've had a 5 channel system set up since about 1996. It is powered through an analog Yamaha RX-V990 which I bought new. I run Celestion DL-8 II's for L/R and 2-channel music with an NHT SuperOne as C and a pair of SuperZeros for rears. No sub nor do I want one. The speakers are all between 87-89db and the stated 100Wts per channel for L,R, C, and 25wts for rears seems to be enough my room which is about 13' wide and opens to about 30'. However, our sitting area is framed off by furniture at about 15' long.
Sources are HDTV, DirecTV HD box, Blu-Ray, VCR, turntable, CD, and cassette deck.
What I want is something similar to what I have in the Yamaha except with HDMI inputs. What I *need* is something that will play 2-channel via some sort of bypass as well as the Yamaha does the task. In fact, for me, 2-channel performance takes precedence. But I also need to have good 5 channel performance. I'd also like reasonably easy to use tone controls (bass and treble). As I never worried about setting up the system with the programs that are included these days those sorts of features aren't as important to me as some.
My budget for a solution is up to around $2000. I'd just automatically looked at the Marantz SR7008 and new Yamaha Aventage RX-A3040. I made the assumtion these would have the best stereo audio performance but they're also loaded with gobs of features that aren't really needed. As this is our family room, I need to get something that does everything well but I do have a couple other 2-channel systems so the idea of a simple IA or separates for this room is off the table.
In summary: something with about 100 wts per channel in the front, great ability to switch all the effects off and give me pure 2-channel stereo, accessible tone controls, a decent phono input would be a plus.
I am completely open to a variety of solutions as long as we can stay within about $2000.
Last edited by CSG123; 08-08-2014 at 09:05 PM.