If you care about audio quality and want an HT receiver, there is only one on the market to get; the Cambridge Audio 650R ($1600). It has unmatched power and sound quality and a list of features that is impressive.
It has a power supply that can put out 1400 watts, more than TWICE the size of almost any other receiver sold for less than $3000. It is the only receiver that has the current capability to adequately power large speakers on the extreme peaks of movie soundtracks and dynamic music.
It is the ONLY receiver rated to deliver 100 watts per channel with all 7 channels driven! Try that with any of the Japanese receivers. They can't, they don't, and they won't! It is also the only receiver I know of that can supply the current peaks your RTi12 speakers will require.
Home Theater magazine did an article about it and said it had the best sound quality of any receiver on the market, and they are right about that! You can find that article on their website.
With any Japanese receiver, you do need to set aside an extra $1000-3000 for an external amplifier, because the pathetic under-engineered power supply in those things is marginal for driving most decent speakers. With the Cambridge 650R, the power is there, built-in at the factory, and you don't ever need to add more.
There IS one other receiver that has power and audio quality almost equal to the Cambridge 650R. That is the NAD T-787. It costs $3999. At only $1600, the 650R is an incredible bargain.
Originally Posted by TARDIS2008
I have a ten year old Sunfire Ultimate Receiver but my wife and I are getting tired of the lack of audio/video sync. It doesn't have any HDMI inputs so we have to run the HDMI cables directly to our tv and optical audio cables to the Sunfire. We feel like we are missing out on some of the new tech available. However, the challenge (I think) is finding a new AVR that can power our speakers well(see below). I was thinking of going with the Yamaha A3010 or the Denon 3313CI or should I wait for the Denon 4520CI (as I assume that will carry a bigger power supply)? I tend to use the receiver mostly for movies/Tv but occasionally we use it for listening to music. I am leery of the Onkyo's due to hearing about their recent reliability issues. Any suggestions or thoughts would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
Main Floorstanding Polk Rti12,
center Polk Csi6
Surrounds: Polk Rti8'
Surround Back: Polk Fxi5