Originally Posted by batpig
the problem with those models is that they don't have Audyssey. They are very stripped down even from your 590. The question is what the "upstairs" setup is going to be? Is it a secondary system where you want the same (or better?) quality as the main system with the AVR 590? How often will it get used? Etc.
if all you want is some HDMI inputs, basic audio decoding and the ability to amplify a 5.1 system, they will work fine, but they will not sound as good as your 590 and have some feature limitations. So it depends on what your needs are... the more you can clarify, the better
I made a thread recently looking to power some floor standing speakers for music upstairs in my living room, just looking for some sound quality to listen to music often, maybe a little TV watching or sports.
I noticed this doesn't have the Audyssey like you said because I read the thread on it, is this a killer for sound though? I do notice the better sound with it on downstairs. Just looking for a 2 channel setup, but I figured at this price, why not go with a 5.1 and maybe use it later or easier to sell if i ever wanted to.
As long as it sounds good, it doesn't even have to be new. Just looking for a simple cheap setup, but looking for the bang for my buck kind of deal. Hoping to keep it around 100 for the receiver.