Originally Posted by Rumble_Fish
I was also smitten with Monitor speakers when I heard the RS6 several years ago. At that time, when I was shopping around and demo, nothing really grabbed me until I put the Chesky Ultimate Demonstration Disc in for the RS6. Sat back in this leather chair and was grinning from ear to ear. Never got around to buying due to work, travel, kid in college blah blah.... So, I may be close to pulling the trigger on the RX6 in Walnut (wife loves that finish). My question for the forum members is that I have an old school Yammy RX-V995. Do I really need to spend the extra $$$ for a nice receiver like the Pio sc-35 ($999) or new Aventage rx-a1000 Yammy ($999). What is the hype with video upscaling chips (Faroudja, Marvell), Ice Amps, HDMI, Lossless Audio etc etc. I understand the HDMI, but, my Sammy Blu Ray upscales pretty nice to Sammy 3D tv. Maybe all I need is an Emotiva Amp. I read somewhere that HDMI may be obsolete???
What do you guys think about this?
Thems a lot of questions Tex.
You may hear a slight improvement / difference with a more current / more expensive AVR, but it is likely to be subtle. I would buy the speakers first, and evaluate what you get at home versus your experience at the dealer, then decide if you need a new AVR.
Unless you watch a lot of standard definition DVDs and SDTV that you would need upscaled, there is little value in the video processing chips. Haven't heard of Marvell, but last I read, Anchor Bay is one of the better chip providers or Realta. I may be out of touch on this one though. I'm not a video guy, unless I'm in the process of buying a video piece I don't stay up on what's hot.
Ice amps are just another pathway to the same destination of providing power to your speakers. They are small, light and energy efficient, but there is debate over the sound quality as compared to standard Class A/B amps. Unless you need a small, low heat amp, Ice Amps don't need to be on your short list of considerations.
Lossless audio promises better sound quality, but whether or not you will realize that promise depends on a number of factors, like the quality of your gear and the quality of the recording, and how you have everything set-up. To me, Lossless is a small gain in improved audio quality, and alone it may not impress you, but if you step up to this, and better speakers you may feel the combo is worth the effort. Go to the dealer and ask to listen to the lossy and lossless tracks of a movie to hear for yourself.
HDMI is always becoming obsolete with each new revision. HDMI started with version 1.0 and now it is up to version 1.4. If you want to pass 3D through the AVR you will need 1.4.