I currently have a Yamaha RXV-667 AVR that has been great for movies, but awful for music. I'd like to replace it with an AVR or Preamp that will give me crisp, clean, powerful 2 channel audio with a good soundstage. Basically I'm looking for the performance of a $1,000 integrated amp in a $4,000 AVR that I can pick up used for under $1,000. Running two setups is not an option.
The models I've seen that fit into my price range are typically older models with no HDMI support. I can run toslink from my devices (BluRay, STB, SmartTV), but am I going to be kicking myself for buying an older model with no HDMI?
A few models I am looking at: NAD M15, Rotel RSP 1068, Integra DTC-9.8.
Also curious how you think the entry level products from Emotiva and Outlaw Audio stack up. I also see an Arcam AVR 360 that fits my budget but as a ~$1,800 retail is it going to give me the 2 channel performance I crave?