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I am trying to decide between an Onkyo 989 (or Integra), Denon 5800, or B&K AVR307 (or some other similar flagship receiver.) I own two pro-audio computer controlled Rane EQ's, and I seems the Onkyo is the only one I could use them with.
5 Tannoy 6.5" dual concentric drivers in custom in-wall (or ceiling for rears) enclosures.
2 Magnapan di-pole side surrounds
RCA DTC-100 for HDTV/TV/DSS tuning (toslink audio) - BTW, has anyone noticed if this has lower quality sound than some other DSS tuners?
Pioneer Elite DV-F07 301 disc DVD changer, 96/24 out possible
Now using Lexicon DC-1 v3.0 DTS pre/pro w/ cheap Carver 5x 100 watt amp
I think something is wrong with the Lex, since it dumped all my settings once after a storm and has not had the same punch or seperation since, even after I reset everything to my settings. I also put the DCT-100 in the system then for primary TV source, using Logic 7. I am not satisfied with the sound. I would fix the Lex, but I also really want a more current device and hate my amp. I could use 2-way RS-232 control on the new receivers, since I have a Crestron control system. I also want more digital inputs that the 4 I have now, EX 6.1, and future upgradability.
The dilema is: since most people here prefer the sound of the B&K and Denon to the Onkyo, but the Onkyo is the only one of the three that has (some) pre-out/main in jacks, it is the only one I can use the EQ's I already have with. I want to use the EQs to tame room interactions and tune the system to my space. I have a mono 28 band and a 4 channel by 7 band Rane. I hate to waste them. Do you think the sound is so much better on the Denon or B&K that they will sound better as-is VS. an Onkyo properly EQ'd to my room? They also both cost more. Are there any other flagship receivers I'm missing that can take an EQ and sound better than the Onkyo? I think upgrading the Lex and the amp to stick with seperates is overkill with my in-wall speakers anyway, but do want to consider all options. Also, the Onkyo has AV Sync delay, which my lex has and I use to compensate for my line doubler sometimes. BTW, video performance or switching is not a factor as I have a seperate Extron RGB/video 12x8 matrix for that. Any advise is appreciated. Sorry so long winded!