Originally Posted by runnin'
It does seem odd that not one but two companies are trotting out these entry level processors which are essentially stripped down models. The AVR route will always give you more bang for buck. I currently run an Onkyo 876 as a processor with an Outlaw 7125. I'd like to get a dedicated processor with top shelf room correction in about a year, and right now there seems to be little in the way of options below the 2500 mark. I was hoping that Outlaw would come through with the 998, but I haven't heard if they are still going to try another route since it got cancelled. So besides Onkyo/Integra(With Marantz you have to spend more to get the flagship Audyssey), or Emotiva, which I am leary of, is there any other way to go?
I think you should have said in your response above that FOR ME a receiver is the best option. Maybe for someone else, separates are the way to go.
Not everyone needs a receiver to brush their teeth and fold their clothes.
In my situation, I have no use for most of the whistles and bells found in a receiver.
I'm not advocating for the 975 or UMC-200. I own neither. I don’t plan to buy either one.
But if I were going to pull the trigger today, I'd get the UMC-200.
Sure, it's a little more than the 975, but for the extra hundred bucks, you get a lot more as well.