The Village Idiot
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The AVR route is probably the least expensive option when HDMI is needed. You'll get bass management with all but the very cheapest AVR. I've had the Onkyo TX-8270 for about 6 months. It drives a pair of low impedance Salk monitors, 86db efficient IIRC, or close to that. I could have gotten another AVR for the bedroom but I like the idea of no idle amp channels. And with 100wpc available the Onkyo has, IMO, plenty of power. I use it in the bedroom at low volume most of the time so I'm not driving it hard, but I have cranked it up a few times and the Onkyo sounded fine. I use a 100w 12" DIY sub for the low end, and the built in crossover seems to work very well. I set the crossover to 60hz and it sounds seamless to me.
The 8270 is one of the few Onkyo products I have no qualms about recommending. The only problem, and it's a nit picker, is how slow it reads a thumb drive when first turned on. With a 16gb thumb drive it takes up to 1 minute to read the files and let me select one. I play FLAC encoded music 99% of the time. The OSD is somewhat utilitarian, but it is easy to navigate. Accessories4Less.com has the 8270 refurbed, and new ones can be found for $50 more than A4L.com is asking. I went the new route since I don't think I'll be parting with it for a long time. Other than the slow read speed of thumb drives it works very well.
When Yamaha comes to market with a similar model as the 8270 I might consider changing out the Onkyo. It'll have to come with features the Onkyo doesn't have, and something I need. I needed HDMI for a Yamaha DVD-1700 player, and an Amazon Fire Stick. The DAC in the Onkyo sounds just fine. It uses an AKM 384 kHz/32-bit DAC. Never heard of that brand before, but it does a credible job with digital sources, which is all I use in the bedroom. One of these days I'll connect it into the back room vinyl/CD setup with the Song Towers.
Yamaha A-S1000 Int. Amp - Salk SongTowers - Oppo 103 - Marantz TT42 - Emo XDA-2 DAC
Multi-Channel: Yamaha RX-A2070 - Custom One-Off Selah Audio Center - Emo ERD-1 Surrounds
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