Could use some suggestions on a new A/V receiver I need to purchase for my Sonus Faber Venere 2.0 speakers. My old Pioneer Elite is a malfunctioning (one channel keeps cutting out) and I'm not sure I want to get it fixed - is it even worth trying to fix old receivers?
Anyway, I think I'm due for an upgrade anyway, and I think I've narrowed it down to two A/V receivers: Marantz SR6008/6009 or Onkyo TX-NR838. Do any Venere owners have experience with these particular receivers? Or do you know if one model and brand is better than the other? The specs and features are similar, as is the price (close enough), but just hoping to get some insight from some of you. I've always wanted a Marantz, but I'm buying a smaller entry level Onkyo for another room in the house, so I'm not sure if I should buy the same brand.
Are there any other brands/models you would recommend for these speakers?
Here are a few things that are I absolutely need in the receiver:
- Price range $500-$1200
- Phono input capable (assuming most a/v receivers already have the other basics like Blu Ray, DVD, CD, Aux)
- Minimum 1 optical input (2 preferred)
- Option to bi-amp speakers
- 5.1 Channels minimum
- WiFi, Network, Bluetooth and/or AirPlay capable (Airplay not so necessary, since I'm on Android, but I'm sure the wifey wouldn't mind).
I think those are some of the main necessities.
Oh also, one more question. I have yet to buy a center channel - I know, what decade do I live in, right? Should I stick with the Sonus Faber Venere line, or should I look to another brand?
Any and all help is greatly appreciated!