Originally Posted by JNelsonDT
1. Must have all of the newest DTS and Dolby high-def decoding capabilities, with HDMI 1.3 inputs minimum (preferably 1.3a)
2. Prefer to be able to accept SACD and DVD-Audio via HDMI. If it cannot, then it has to at least have analog inputs for 8 channels (ugh, all those cords...)
3. Prefer easy firmware upgrades and independent crossover settings, but both are secondary.
So, the main questions are:
1. What brand/series of receiver?
2. What brand of amp?
3. Should the amp be a three channel or five channel? I'd probably opt for the versatility of a five channel amp, but is it important to drive extra power to the 4th and 5th speakers, or would their using the amps on the receiver not make much of a difference?
4. If five channels is the way to go, would it be better to do a single five channel or a three and a two?
As I said, I'd view the separate amp as more of an investment than the receiver, so I would like to have something above "budget" in terms of quality. I'm wanting something that will last. Assume that for the receiver and amp combined, I'm willing to spend anywhere from $1,700.00 - $2,300.00, $2,500.00 would be about the high-end limit.
I guess that's about it for now. Oh, and for everyone harping on the 8" sub, you have my full attention regarding suggestions for an alternative
Ok, I see zero requirements for video processing in your list. The Yamaha RX-V3900 is still my choice for you, but that's only because of your budget and what I know about it. I would wait for further info on this receiver before considering it.
I have mine on order for these reasons -
* ABT 2010 chip; I think this may be able to compete with Reon based receivers. It's PRep ability which is supposed to be able to correct bad deinterlacing is especially interesting to me (but unproven)
* It can deinterlace and scale HDMI, not just analog. Analog only deinterlacing and scaling is useless to me
* It has high power output like my 2700 (the 2700's power is more than adequate; I did try the amp thing out of curiosity - it's not needed in my environment)
* It has HD Radio; I don't know that I will ever use this, but it's nice to have
* It can be controlled from a web browser; This could be cool, we don't know yet
* It handles all known audio. I like the flexibility (the 2700 can't do all bitstream)
* It has four HDMI input; I would have preferred five, but I think four is doable. Three is not enough for me (XBox 360, PS3, Tivo and I want a DVD changer connected - yes I know the 360 and PS3 play DVDs, so what
* It's a Yamaha. I am used to them and know what to expect. Call it a comfort factor
* It has two HDMI outputs (in case I win the lotto and can afford a real Home Theater)
* It has more capable internet radio than the 2700 did (which did not do WMA, damn them)