Originally Posted by Muell67
I dont mind spending more for the denon I just dont understand enough about the receivers to know if the increase in sound quality will be noticeable in a 3.1 setup. If I take the denon and the Marantz NR1506 and hooked them both up in a 3.1 setup would the denon sound better? With my limited knowledge of how Audyssey works does it even make a difference in 3.1?
Also a off topic question is there a way to search the forum for "3.1 receiver" it wants to search for 3, 1, & receiver.
I doubt that the forum search engine permits a search for a "3.1 receiver". A correction from a moderator would be welcome.
I also doubt that a literal 3.1 receiver exists.
If your AV system is intended for movies, I recommend a center speaker. A lot of the dialog will play through the center. A subwoofer is good for effects.
I agree with the sentiment that speakers are much more important than electronics, but I'm not able to provide facts to support that.
I'm not an experienced home theater person, so it's risky for me to make a recommendation. However, I have some stuff from Hsu Research, which is an online-only company. Two HB-1 Mk 2 bookshelf speakers, an HC-1 Mk 2 center, and a VTF-1 Mk 3 sub list for less than $1000 total. (You'd also have to pay for shipping, maybe $100 or more. Heavy stuff.) You also may want to buy stands for the HB-1s. They aren't really "bookshelf" speakers, as they have rear bass ports, and have to be set at least a few inches away from a wall. The HC-1 is 8" tall, so that would be a consideration in placing it.) I'm satisfied with my Yamaha TSR-5810 (= RX-V581) receiver, which Costco sells for $390.
There may be better choices, but I'm confident that you should be able to put together a very respectable 3.1 system for significantly less than $2k.