Hi, I have been an avid avsf reader. Have been on Energy/Jamo speakers and HK AVR254 forums so far. I am more of an HT Enthusiast rather than an Audiophile..
My current setup is 2xRC30 + 2xRC10 + Mirage Prestige 8" Sub + HK AVR254. Happy with speakers, but just an upgrade-itch for receiver.
New features I am looking for are heights/wides (i.e. ProLogic iiz or Neo:X), internet-connectivity and YPAO/Audyssey...
I have loved sound from my HK254 so much. I had HDMI handshake issues with Panasonic BD players BD87 and BD210. Other than that, no issues ever. Just keeps running like a charm.
I like HK sound vs Denon that I tried a couple of times (running full Audyssey MultEQ XT as well). I like lightly-processed sound (specially for music), compared to heavily processed/tweaked sound.
Looking for help on new receiver choice ***Yamaha A1010/A2010 vs Pioneer Elite SC-55 vs Marantz SR5600***. Recently setup Pioneer elite (no D3 amp) VSX-60, and liking it so far. But I surely want to check out other options before I purchase/keep one of those.
I do not have installed but have spare speakers to use as heights/wides.
MY MAIN QUESTION - Which of these three choices would give sound comparable to HK sound? Marantz SR5006?
Or Is there a view that folks liking Harman Kardon sound may not be happy with sound of other receivers that is tweaked by room correction softwares..?
I have many other questions, that may not be relevant.. but kepting those below just in case, someone has good answers to those.
1- Most folks vouch for Audyssey MultEQ XT, so how does YPAO compare with that? How important is YPAO RSC (of A2010) compared with normal YPAO (of A1010)..
2- I am aware Yamaha Aventage series does not have Dolbt ProLogic IIz or Neo:X for heights/wides.. Instead H/W speakers can be introduced with DSP mode on. So any views on H/W usage with Dolby iiz vs Yamaha DSP modes?
3- Any inputs on which ones people prefer - Pioneer Elite series (specifically SC-55) vs A1010/A2010?
4- I would like to have Wides more than Heights (form simulated effects I have seen on Elite VSX-60). Which of Pioneer/Yamaha would give me better heights/wides effects?