Best receiver for Bose 501 Series IVs...
I am new here and the reason I joined is because many of you sound like you know what you're talking about!
I have a receiver (Vector Research VRX 7100) that is 60watts / channel at 4ohms (so I hear in reality that it's 30watts / channel at 8 ohms)
My speakers are Bose 501 Series IV. I love them!
This setup sounds pretty nice and I have owned it since around 1984.
It's time to buy a receiver that I can connect to my flat screen TV. Here are my priorities in order:
1. It HAS to sound beautiful at low to mid volume levels (and loud occasionally) when I play music CDs, and digital music from iTunes on a laptop or on a thumb drive.
2. It has to drive my Bose 501s. I am not ready to buy new speakers yet.
3. It has to connect to my Flat Screen tv.
Apple Airplay would be nice but I know I can add that later if I want to.
I don't care about surround sound.
What I will connect are a CD player. A BluRay player. A cable box. And a Panasonic 50" TV. And later an AirPlay device.
I want to be able to control everything from my sofa without getting up! (I'm a guy).
I have listened to Rotel, NAD, and Yamaha and I think watts don't matter as much as I thought but I am not sure yet. I think these 501s can sound better with the right receiver. I don't need the zillions of bells and whistles that many companies offer. Hell I don't even want AM/FM! I just want GREAT SOUND!
My budget is around $1000 + or - a few hundred $.
I like everything from Rock (Pink Floyd, Genesis, Yes etc...) to Classical music.
So, do you have any opinions on what receiver or AV Receiver will drive my Bose 501s and meet my priorities listed above? There are SO many receivers on the market and some of the info is misleading (Marketing!).
I am considering Rotel, NAD, Marantz, Onkyo and Yamaha but I really don't know what will work best with the 501s.
And I could go with an integrated amp or a full blown Home Theater Receiver... it's just me and I don't need so many of the options on the HUGE Home Theater Receivers. I'd rather spend money on great sound but it still needs to connect to my TV.