OK, I read a lot during the last few days. With a lot of comparisons I found that Denon AVR-3313C is one of the best currently that can satisfy all my needs. Many connectivity features including airplay and the support of 3 different zones. Powered zone 2 and different Video to zone 2 and more. Its price is fair for the supported features, 799$. It's getting very good rating everywhere.
I like for my purposes the Marantz Slim NR* series, if you want a straight forward AVR and have space/heat constraints. There are better of course if you want bells and whistles. That said I think any buying guide for an AVR should have a huge disclaimer warning people to wait for the next refresh which will all likely have HDMI 2.0. Buying an expensive one now would be a pretty big mistake as opposed to waiting 2-6 months.
I have the NR1602 and it does a decent job in my flat. The question of waiting on HDMI 2.0 brings up all sorts of thoughts.
Would AVR and other devices need to all be on HDMI 2.0 to have a successful system - maybe not. As an example, you might get a 4K TV and perhaps a new 4K capable player (perhaps an Oppo in the future). Many of the players are going with two outputs. Suppose you have a rather expensive AVR unit or separates that you want to keep. With a two output disc player, perhaps HDMI 2.0 out to the 4K TV direct would be in order while the other output goes to the audio system that only supports HDMI 1.3 or 4. Then again maybe HDMI 2.0 for video and non-HDMI output to AVR for audio only.
Your point is a good one and it seems more discussion would be needed to avoid unnecessary antiquating of present hardware. As some know, the selling point of 4K capable via HDMI 1.3 or 4 is a partial truth. It might handle higher resolution as advertised but there is a failure to mention the "frame rate" associated. Best I can figure, HDMI 1.3 or 4 can handle the higher resolution at 24p not at faster frame rates. Someone please correct me if I am wrong.
I admit that presently, I am looking at the Anthem line of AVRs. Not so heavy on bells and whistles but enough power, clean and just the right amount options.
Marantz NR1602, Goldenear Triton 7 L/R new XL center, rear AON 3's. Oppo 103, TiVo 3, 2x QNAP NAS, 65VT50 Panasonic Plasma
I would rather listen to a 55w clean Yamaha amp than a 200w Walmart reviser any day of the week even if it was pushing klh speakers. When anyone mentions Pioneer I think Glass door cabnit, velvet poster and carpeted walls. But this is the great thing about all the choices out there,"everyone can find there fix"
Lately its been choking on TrueHD content but works fine in multichannel mode.
I'd like something that has: a lower profile, Audyssey XT32, and pre-amp outputs (as I use an XPA-5).
Get the Denon X - 4000 and call it a day.
Hearing things in recordings that I did not hear before with previous pieces.
Anthem MRX with ARC room correction-Simply amazing
I don't want to start an argument over which is better but is ARC as easy to use as Audyssey?
I can't say for certain as I've never had an Anthem, but I've heard that ARC is excellent and at least as good as XT32 room correction software. All things being equal, from what I understand, it has the added bonus of being able to individually calibrate speakers, with on the fly adjustments. You can also print out your graphs for each individual speaker once you have it mapped out. The drawback of ARC is that it doesn't have the ability to EQ two subs at once, which SUBEQ does - ( included on the X 4000 and some higher end receivers with XT32 equipped ). In addition ARC is proprietary to ANTHEM receivers. Although this isn't necessarily a drawback as Anthem is a great company and makes great products, you don't have a range of receivers to choose from - true in the case of Audyssey. FWIW I was seriously looking at the new Anthem 510 and 710 receivers when they came out a couple of weeks ago - but unfortunately as 1. they don't have the aforementioned ability to eq dual subs and 2. even their top of the line ( and pricey ) MRX 710 doesn't have the ability to play back 9 channels of amplification, never mind 11 - I opted out ( I run 9.2 ). If you only had one sub and didn't plan on ever going beyond 7.1 I'd definitely be interested in the Anthems. The only way to tell which you liked better would be to do an in home demo.
Dolby Atmos 5.2.4
Denon AVR-4100X - Oppo BDP-103 - Panasonic 60GT30 - Definitive Technology BP-8060ST
Definitive Technology CS-8060HD - Definitive Technology SR-8040BP -
Definitive Technology PM800 (4) ceiling mounted - SVS PC12-NSD (2)
2 Channel - Marantz PM8004 - Oppo BDP-105D - Music Hall MMF-5.1 - iFi Phono - Pioneer SP-BS22LR
Here tonight to begin the search for its replacement.
Get the Denon X - 4000 and call it a day.
That would be my choice if I won the lottery. Of course I know too much about probability and statistics to play, but... ;-)
Onkyo=Bang for buck
Anthem=quality and best room correction
Trying to enjoy the simple things in life.
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