After spending days going back and forward on what equipment to buy I set myself a budget of ~800 for a receiver/amp to power my Elac UniFi UF5's.
My room is about 18x24 in size and I do tend to listen to music on the loud size when no one else is home; 85-90spl at 10ft from the speaker.
My content is exclusively made of HD streaming services. And for music genres I listen to pretty much everything in between Norah Jones and Pantera.
The three contenders:
: I like simplicity of the all in one, comes with the Yamaha YPAO room correction eq, supports a subwoofer and that it is the cheapest option. My concern is if I ever want to upgrade, it is pretty much $600 flushed down the drain since it doesn't have pre-outs.
Bluesound node 2 (not i) + Emotiva A300 Amp: Gives access to MQA deconding (not sure yet if it is a good or bad thing) and I like that If I want to change , dac or pre-amp later, I can still keep the Amp. Some reviews (What HiFi) ? says its output is not too clean and downgraded it from their 5 starts to 3 stars.
+ Emotiva A300 : Alternative to the node 2; I read good reviews on how it sounds.
For the members here, any of the three is a no brainier choice or are all pretty much similar?
I swear that I will make a purchase tomorrow
Edit for adding some clarification:
This is exclusively for music
I will not "add more channels" in the future.