receiver advice needed
Hello all, I find myself constantly waiting for the next good thing in receivers and really need to pull the trigger. I was hoping to get some advice regarding the product that best matches my needs.
I have an existing 5.1 speaker setup with good quality speakers that can pretty much take whatever clean power is thrown at them (NHT 2.9 fronts, NHT 1.9 rears, NHT AC2 center, Velodyne DD-18 sub). Although I realize a separate amp/pre-amp setup is ideal, I like the convenience (and price) of a receiver.
Here are the features I want from a receiver, roughly in order of importance.
-7.x or 9.x powered channels (I may someday go with a 7.1 setup and bi-amp).
-2 of the above channels need to allow me to bi-amp the NHT 2.9 front speakers
-support for mixed impedence speakers (8ohm and 6ohm)
-HDMI 2.0 and 2.0a upgradable (if possible)
-support for the most modern processing formats (e.g., DTS:X, etc.)
-at least 192kHz/32-Bit DAC
-as much clean power as possible
Here are the units I am considering.
-Pioneer Elite SC-99 - a bit leary about Elite now that Onkyo bought them but specs look great
-Pioneer Elite SC-97 - a bit leary about Elite now that Onkyo bought them but specs look great
-Integra DTR 60.6 - older than the DTR 50.7 (is a 60.7 due out soon?)
-Integra DTR 50.7 - new, but minimal number of channels
-Denon AVR-X7200WA - new
-Denon AVR-X5200W - older than other AVR-X units (I hear AVR-X6200W comes out in October)
-Denon AVR-X4200W - new, but minimal number of channels
-Marantz SR7010 - new
-Marantz SR700 - older than other SR units
-Marantz SR6010 - new, but minimal number of channels
-Onkyo TX-RZ900 - new, but minimal number of channels (seems like Onkyo line does not want to compete with Integra)
Given my list of requirements, which of the above should I rule out? Similarly, what should I consider that I left out? I did consider Arcam AVR450 or AVR750 as well as NAD T787, but they don't meet all my requirements. I am not a fan of Yamaha.
I am currently favoring the SC-97 and DTR-50.7, although if a DTR 60.7 were to be released any time soon it replace the DTR 50.7. Cost is not so much the deciding factor - the other items are more important. I want to stay below $3,500.