I've been shopping for receivers, seeing some good sales on last-year's models. Amazon had a "lightning deal" on an X3000 for about $480, so I thought I'd take a chance on it. It's been ages since I bought a receiver, so I'm sure any of the decent models will give me a lot to play with. Looking forward to streaming, etc. (and hopefully the streaming will make up for the lack of HD Radio).
One thing I'm hoping to find is improved clarity in dialog for movies. It seems that with my current setup, the dialog is often muted compared to the music and effects when they kick in, and just raising the volume of the center is a poor hack. I'm hoping that the "dialog level" with this receiver will fix that problem. For home theater, I don't have unusual needs, and I think this receiver will be fine. I would like to try the wide L/R speakers, but my extra speakers are not at the quality level of my mains, so I'm not sure what to do there. How much signal goes to these wide speakers?
Not sure what exactly to expect for music. My speakers may be a bit of a tough load; though I'm pretty sure they're rated as 8ohm, I've read that they can dip lower in part of the range. Hopefully, the sound quality is still good with all of this DSP processing! My setup is great for 2ch, but the center, even though from the same manufacturer, doesn't quite match, so I think an advanced system like Audyssey should fix that. I was tempted to look at Yamaha, as it seems to me that they get higher marks in the "audiophile" community, although .
I've been looking at several models, and for the money, I don't know that I could do better.