OK folks helping out a friend to set up a complete system. I want bore you too much with the details but suffice it to say I started out with the Yamaha RX-Z11in mind. Did some further research, found out about the video card not being that good and the recent price drop (Half off price from $4999 to roughly around $2500) kind of made me re-think the selection as I want to be able to get him the best option for his $. No one can argue that the Z11 is an awesome piece of equipment, and I love Yamaha as I have owned many of their products, but they missed the target with this one, my opinion of course.
Then, oh man, look at the Onkyo TX-NR5007, it has it all, but it also has a ton of bugs and we all know about their customer service. Sorry cant do it.
Nothing in the Pioneer line excites me for the same price range.
The 4810-CI seems to be THE TICKET I can recommend with confidence. I have tried for the last several days to download the manual from their site and it will only load about the first six pages. Has anyone gat an actual accurate link? Also could those of you using the unit currently comment on the musical fidelity of the internet radio, Rhapsody, for me.
If all goes to plan we will most likely be putting this together with a set of Ascend Acoustics 340 SE's CBM-170's and the DIY Elemental Designs A7S-650 sub, anybody running something similar that they would care to comment on?
This receiver seems to just be the sweet spot for EVERYTHING available at the moment in this price range without stepping up in price BIG TIME. All the other ones with the exception of the RX-Z7 has some funky issues it would appear, and the Z-7 only has 7 channels. They want to do a 5.1 in their family room and still have 4 other speakers for music outside so....................... this seems to be THE ONE!!!!